1865: Union Major General E.R.S Canby accepts Confederate Lieutenant General Richard Taylor surrender at Citronelle, Alabama during the American Civil War.
1869: In Japan, the Naval Battle of Hakodate is fought.
1871: The 1st professional baseball league – the National Association – begins its first season in For Wayne in Indiana.
1886: The Haymarket Affair occurs when a bomb is thrown at policemen at a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois. The police respond by firing into the crowd. Over 60 people are wounded and 8 people are killed during this incident.
1904: Construction on the Panama Canal is begun by the U.S.
1910: The Royal Canadian Navy is established on this day.
1932: Gangster Al Capone begins his 11 year prison sentence for tax evasion in Atlanta, Georgia.
1945: British forces liberate the Neuengamme Concentration Camp located near Hamburg, Germany during World War II.
1945: All German Wehrmacht forces surrender in Denmark, the Netherlands and in Northwest Germany.
1959: The First Annual Grammy Awards are held for the first time on this day.
1961: The Freedom Riders begin a bus trip through the Southern United States.
1970: 4 unarmed students are killed and another 9 are wounded when the Ohio National Guard open fire on students protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the U.S and South Vietnam.
1979: Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of the U.K. She’s the first female PM to be elected in Great Britain.
Famous Birthdays on May 4
American educator and “Father of American Public Education,” Horace Mann is born in 1796.
American historian and scholar, William H. Prescott is born in 1796.
American painter Frederic Edwin Church is born in 1826.
British actress and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn is born in 1929.
American astronaut Michael L. Gernhardt is born in 1956.