Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 4

  • May 4, 1471
    The Yorkists under King Edward IV defeat the Lancastrian forces of ex-queen Margaretha in the Battle of Tewkesbury, in which the 17-year-old prince of Wales, Edward, is killed
  • May 4, 1626
    Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands after Indians sold Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons
  • May 4, 1776
    Rhode Island become the first of the original Thirteen Colonies to declare independence from British rule
  • May 4, 1799
    In India Tipu Sultan, the sultan of Mysore, is defeated and killed in a battle against 5,000 British soldiers who stormed and razed his capital, Seringapatanam
  • May 4, 1814
    Bourbon reign is restored in France as Louis XVIII returns in Paris from Great Britain
  • May 4, 1858
    In the Mexican War of Reform liberals established their capital at Vera Cruz
  • May 4, 1904
    United States continue construction of Panama Canal left by France because of high mortality due to disease
  • May 4, 1919
    May Fourth Movement, an anti-imperialist and political movement in China, begins with student demonstration against decision of Paris Peace Conference allowing Japan to receive Chinese territories in Shandong
  • May 4, 1979
    Margaret Thatcher, the leader of the Conservative Party, becomes the first female prime minister of Great Britain
  • May 4, 1990
    Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 for independence

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