Today in History - May 4

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians in England

1626 – American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons

1715 – A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella



1776 Rhode Island declares independence from England

1863 – The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats

1864 – Army of the Potomac crosses the Rapidan

1865 – Lincoln is buried in Springfield, Illinois

1904 – Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal

1927 – A Balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by the British

1942 – The United States begins food rationing

1948 – Norman Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is published

1959 – First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

1980 – Josip Broz Tito, Communist leader of Yugoslavia passes away at the age of 88 in Belgrade

1984 – Bruce Springsteen releases “Pink Cadillac”

1990 – An Inhumane execution

1994 – Rabin and Arafat Sign accord for Palestinian self-rule

2002 – Nigerian aircraft crashes in crowded city of Kano, Nigeria, Killing 148 people

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