May 4 in Pop Culture History
|May 4 is…
Candied Orange Peel Day
International Firefighters’ Day (AKA Day of Fire Service, IFFD, and St. Florian’s Day)
World Give Day
K.I.N.D. Day (Also known as Kids in Need of Diapers Day)
National Kids Fitness Day
Orange Juice Day
Petite and Proud Day
International Respect for Chickens Day
Renewal Day (Relationship Renewal Day)
Star Wars Day
National Weather Observers Day
May 4 is Star Wars Day. “May the Fourth be with you.”
1626 – Dutch explorer Peter Minuit (~1594-1638), director-general of New Netherlands, bought Manhattan Island for 60 guilders (about $24 in 1839 dollars) worth of cloth and buttons.
1886 – A labor protest in Haymarket Square in Chicago, Illinois, resulted in 100 wounded and eight police officers killed.
1904 – The United States began construction of the Panama Canal.
1933 – The discovery of radio waves from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy was announced by Karl Jansky.
1948 – Norman Mailer’s first novel, The Naked and the Dead, was published.
1953 – Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize for The Old Man and the Sea.
1970 – Jeffrey Glenn Miller, Allison B. Krause, William Knox Schroeder and Sandra Lee Scheuer were killed by National Guard troops at Ohio’s Kent State campus.
1972 – The Don’t Make A Wave Committee, an environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changed its name to the Greenpeace Foundation.
1974 # 1 Hit May 4, 1974 – May 17, 1974: Grand Funk – The Loco-Motion
1989 – The space probe Magellan was carried in the cargo bay Space Shuttle Atlantis and released to travel around the planet Venus.
1990 – Jesse Tafero was executed in Florida after his electric chair malfunctioned three times, causing his hair & head to catch fire.
1996 # 1 Hit May 4, 1996 – May 17, 1996: Mariah Carey – Always Be My Baby