Cyclone Nargis: Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council declares that five states in the Irrawaddy River delta are a disaster area following the cyclone with at least 351 deaths. //www.msnbc.msn.com/id/24447510/ (MSNBC)
Falklands War: HMS "Sheffield" is hit by an Exocet missile, and burns out of control 20 sailors are killed. The ship sinks on May 10.
Sunday, May 4, 1980
Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito dies. The funeral ceremony later becomes the world's biggest diplomatic meeting and media event ever, with more than 140 state delegations in Belgrade from all over the world (only the funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005 will have more news coverage and a higher number of delegations).
Arms Crisis in the Republic of Ireland: Charles Haughey and Neil Blaney are dismissed as members of the Irish Government, for accusations of their involvement in a plot to import arms for use by the Provisional IRA in Northern Ireland.
The Beatles release their 12th and final album, "Let It Be".
The Third Carlist War in Spain-Carlist Army is defeated at the Battle of Oroquieta, Navarra, Spain.1,000 government troops (Moriones) easily defeated the much larger number of Carlists at Oroquieta. 50 Carlists were killed and Moriones takes 700 prisoners but Don Carlos escapes.