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On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others. (Go to article.)
On May 4, 1874, Frank Conrad, the American electrical engineer whose innovations led to the establishment of the first radio station, was born. Following his death on Dec. 11, 1941, his obituary appeared in The Times. (Go to obit. | Other Birthdays)
Editorial Cartoon of the Day
On May 4, 1878, Harper's Weekly featured a cartoon about Congress. (See the cartoon and read an explanation.)
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1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.
1886 A labor demonstration for an eight-hour workday at Haymarket Square in Chicago turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.
1927 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.
1961 A group of Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C., for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.
1980 Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito died at age 87.
1989 Fired White House aide Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and two other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. (The convictions were overturned on appeal.)
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.
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.
2000 Londoners elected their mayor for the first time.
2006 A federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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.)
Will Arnett turns 40 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg Actor Will Arnett ("Arrested Development") turns 40 years old today.
82 Hosni Mubarak
President of Egypt
80 Roberta Peters
73 Ron Carter
73 Dick Dale
69 George F. Will
68 Nick Ashford
Singer, songwriter (Ashford and Simpson)
63 Richard Jenkins
Actor ("The Visitor")
59 Jackie Jackson
57 Oleta Adams
49 Mary McDonough
Actress ("The Waltons")
43 Ana Gasteyer
Comedian ("Saturday Night Live")
38 Mike Dirnt
Rock musician (Green Day)
35 Kimora Lee Simmons
TV personality, fashion designer
31 Lance Bass
Singer ('N Sync)
16 Alexander Gould
Actor ("Weeds," "Finding Nemo")
5/4/1874 - 12/11/1941
American engineer; helped establish the first commercial radio station
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75 Bartolomeo Cristofori
5/4/1655 - 1/27/1731
Italian harpsichord maker; credited with the invention of the piano
63 Horace Mann
5/4/1796 - 8/2/1859
American educator and philanthropist
73 Sir William Cooke
5/4/1806 - 6/25/1879
English inventor; helped develop electric telegraphy
69 Julia Tyler
5/4/1820 - 7/10/1889
American wife of President John Tyler
70 T. H. Huxley
5/4/1825 - 6/29/1895
English biologist and educator
64 A. Mitchell Palmer
5/4/1872 - 5/11/1936
American attorney general (1919-21); helped touch off the "Red Scare" of 1919-20
71 Fritz von Opel
5/4/1899 - 4/8/1971
German automotive industrialist
88 Lincoln Kirstein
5/4/1907 - 1/5/1996
American dance impresario; director of the New York City Ballet (1948-89)
80 Emmanuel Robles
5/4/1914 - 2/22/1995
Algerian-French novelist and playwright
63 Audrey Hepburn
5/4/1929 - 1/20/1993
Belgian-born motion-picture and stage actress
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