May 4th

2007
Paris Hilton was sentenced to jail for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case. (The hotel heiress served 23 days behind bars.).
Paris Hilton
2006
A federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Zacarias Moussaoui
2000
Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
Mayor of London
1998
Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.
Ted Kaczynski
1994
Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord to ensure Palestinian self-rule in Gaza and Jericho. Together with Shimon Peres, the two leaders received the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. A year later, Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist.
Suez Crisis
1980
Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito died at age 87.
Josip Broz Tito
1979
Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Margaret Thatcher
1970
Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.
Kent State shootings
1961
A group of Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.
Freedom Riders
1959
The Grammy is presented for the first time. It is one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. Winners of the first edition included Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, and Frank Sinatra.
Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance
1953
Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize. The American author was awarded the prestigious accolade for his novel The Old Man and the Sea. The story about a fisherman and his battle with a large marlin also earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Ernest Hemingway
1932
Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.
Al Capone
1927
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
1904
The United States takes over the construction of the Panama Canal. French engineers had begun digging a waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in 1881, but they had to abandon the project after about 22,000 lives had been lost to accidents and disease.
History of the Panama Canal
1886
A labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday at Haymarket Square in Chicago turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
1814
King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
Ferdinand VII of Spain
1675
King Charles II of England commissions the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. The observatory was built on the prime meridian. The mean solar time at this location is the basis for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Royal Observatory, Greenwich
1626
Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.
Peter Minuit
1471
Wars of the Roses: Battle of Tewkesbury - final battle between Lancaster and York sees the Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his crown thus extinguishing the Lancastrian of Plantagenet line.
Wars of the Roses