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4 May

1436 – Sweden – Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson assassinated. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engelbrekt_Engelbrektsson

1471 – England – Battle of Tewkesbury, Edward, Prince of Wales killed (Wars of the Roses). http://www.battlefieldstrust.com/resource-centre/warsoftheroses/battleview.asp?BattleFieldId=45

1750 – GB – Earthquake, epicentre in Wimborne, Dorset.

1776 – America – Rhode Island renounced allegiance to King George III. http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/rhode-island-declares-independence

1789 – GB – Earthquake measuring 2.9Mw, epicentre in Barnstaple, Devon.

1799 – Kingdom of Mysore – Siege of Seringapatam ended (Fourth Anglo-Mysore War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Seringapatam_(1799)

1862 – USA – Battle of Yorktown ended (American Civil War). http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/yorktown.html

1862 – USA – Overland Campaign began (American Civil War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overland_Campaign

1869 – Japan – Naval Battle of Hakodate began (Boshin War). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_Battle_of_Hakodate

1886 – USA – Haymarket Square Riot, Chicago, Illinois, 8 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haymarket_affair

1904 – Panama – USA formerly took control of construction of Panama Canal. https://youtu.be/d-CaBIKTl4M https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal#United_States_construction_of_the_Panama_canal.2C_1904.E2.80.931914

1910 – Canada – Naval Service of Canada formed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Canadian_Navy

1924 – France – VIII Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Paris. http://www.olympic.org/paris-1924-summer-Olympics

1926 – UK – General Strike began. https://youtu.be/jcrQvxteO08 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13828537

1932 – USA – Al Capone began prison sentence. https://youtu.be/67B63T7lyiQ http://www.alcatrazhistory.com/cap1.htm

1942 – UK – Baedeker Blitz – German bombers hit Exeter (3rd time) (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exeter_Blitz#May_1942

1942 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Stuttgart (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1942 – Solomon Islands – Invasion of Tulagi ended (WWII). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Tulagi_(May_1942)

1942 – Coral Sea – Battle of the Coral Sea began (WWII). https://youtu.be/qj-bAJgwej4 WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Coral_Sea

1942 – Germany – RAF bombers attacked Stuttgart (WWII). http://ww2db.com/battle_spec.php?battle_id=55/Bombing-of-Hamburg-Dresden-and-Other-Cities-World-War-II-Database

1945 – Germany – Neuengamme concentration camp, Hamburg, liberated by British Army. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005539

1945 – Netherlands – German Forces surrendered at Lüneburg Heath. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_surrender_at_L%C3%BCneburg_Heath

1945 – USA – US Navy plane crashed at San Francisco Bay, CA, 5 killed (WWII). http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19450504-0

1946 – USA – ‘Battle of Alcatraz’ ended, 5 killed. http://youtu.be/owfuNOrUw5c  WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Alcatraz

1949 – Italy – ALI plane crashed into Superga Hills near Turin-Aeritalia Airport, 31 killed, including members of Turin football team. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19490504-1

1952 – Vietnam – Société de Transport Aériens d’Etrême-Orient plane crashed at Phan Thiet, 1 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19520504-0

1955 – Iceland – USAF plane crashed off Reykjavík-Keflavik International Airport, 9 killed. https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19550504-0

1956 – Marshall Islands – Operation Redwing began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Redwing

1959 – USSR – Earthquake measuring 8.0Mw, epicentre in Kamchatka, 1 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Kamchatka_earthquake 

1959 – USA – First Grammy Awards held. http://www.grammy.com/awards/1st-annual-grammy-awards

1961 – USA – Freedom Riders began bus rides. https://youtu.be/DcvsWXrS2PI  WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://www.blackpast.org/aah/freedom-rides-1961

1970 – USA – Kent State shootings, 4 killed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_State_shootings

1979 – UK – Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister (Conservative). https://www.gov.uk/government/history/past-prime-ministers/margaret-thatcher

1982 – Falklands – HMS Sheffield hit by Argentinian missile, 20 killed (Falklands War). http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/4/newsid_2504000/2504155.stm

1988 – USA – PEPCON incident, 2 killed. https://youtu.be/_1kTAX9uWcw https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PEPCON_disaster

1990 – Latvia – Independence from USSR. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Restoration_of_Independence_of_the_Republic_of_Latvia

1992 – USA – Los Angeles Riots ended. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Los_Angeles_riots

1992 – Canada – Yonge Street Riots. https://youtu.be/9WZtRw9II2s WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing http://torontoist.com/2011/08/theres_a_riot_goin_on_down_yonge_street/

1998 – Indonesia – May Riots Phase 1 began. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May_1998_riots_of_Indonesia

2000 – UK – Ken Livingstone became Mayor of London. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken_Livingstone

2002 – Nigeria – EAS Airlines Flight 4226 crashed at Kano, 149 killed. http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20020504-1

2007 – USA – Greensburg, Kansas hit by tornado. https://youtu.be/fhdVeSXHg04 WARNING! Video contains scenes some viewers may find distressing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tornado_outbreak_of_May_4%E2%80%936,_2007

2014 – Kenya – Nairobi Bus Bombings, 3 killed. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/04/kenya-bus-bombing-nairobi-thika-highway

York

1684 – William Nevison was executed at Tyburn Gallows. http://pastsearch-archaeo-history.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Criminals-and-Executions-Jan12.pdf