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May 4 Historical Events

The following events took place on May 4. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 51 events. Showing 1 - 20.

  • 1256
    The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues a papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae.
  • 1415
    Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance.
  • 1436
    Assassination of the Swedish rebel (later national hero) Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson
  • 1471
    Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Tewkesbury: Edward IV defeats a Lancastrian Army and kills Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales.
  • 1493
    Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
  • 1626
    Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrives in New Netherland (present day Manhattan Island) aboard the See Meeuw.
  • 1675
    King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
  • 1686
    The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.
  • 1776
    Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
  • 1799
    Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is invaded and Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
  • 1814
    Emperor Napoleon I of France arrives at Portoferraio on the island of Elba to begin his exile.
  • 1814
    King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
  • 1836
    Formation of Ancient Order of Hibernians
  • 1859
    The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
  • 1865
    Surrender of the Confederate departments of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana at Citronelle, Alabama.
  • 1869
    The Naval Battle of Hakodate is fought in Japan.
  • 1871
    The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1886
    Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
  • 1902
    Eight fishermen lose their lives in Galway Bay, Ireland in a drowning tragedy.
  • 1904
    The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.

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