4th May: Today In History

Today is Thursday, May 4th, the 124th day of 2017. There are 241 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
1942:  The Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Imperial Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)

1776:  Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

1830:  The Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel “Paul Clifford,” with its famous opening, “It was a dark and stormy night…,” was first published in London.
1886:  At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour work day turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded.
1904:  The United States took over construction of the Panama Canal from the French.
1916:  Germany, responding to an ultimatum from President Woodrow Wilson, agreed to limit its submarine warfare. (However, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare the following year.)
1932:  Mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island.)
1959:  The first Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Domenico Modugno won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”; Henry Mancini won Album of the Year for “The Music from Peter Gunn.”
1961:  The first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.
1970:  Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.
1980:  Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died three days before his 88th birthday.
1994:  Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.
2001:  Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles. (Blake, accused of Bakley’s murder, was acquitted in a criminal trial but found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.)

The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is 89.
Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson musical family, is 87.
Jazz musician Ron Carter is 80.
Rock musician Dick Dale is 80.
Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator George Will is 76.
Pop singer Peggy Santiglia Davison (The Angels) is 73.
Actor Richard Jenkins is 70

Quotes Of The Day:
Family is the most important thing in the world! Respond with love. Respond with kindness. Make them feel adored, supported and loved.

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