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This Day in History: May 4

May 4: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1776 - Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to KingGeorge III.
  2. 1871 - The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  3. 1904 - The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
  4. 1961 - American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
  5. 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Bartolomeo Cristofori (Italian instrument maker, invented the piano), Jean-Charles de Borda (French mathematician, physicist, and sailor), William H. Prescott (American historian), Audrey Hepburn (Belgian-English actress and singer), Michael L. Gernhardt (American astronaut and engineer)

For famous birthdays and other daily events in history, visit our Daily Dose Activities.

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