May 4: Day of the Week
May 4, 2021 was the 124th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 241 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Tuesday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is mardi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Taurus is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 4 Historical Event(s)
- 1493Pope Alexander VI divides the New World between Spain and Portugal along the Line of Demarcation.
- 1675King Charles II of England orders the construction of the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
- 1814King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decrete of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism.
- 1886Haymarket Square Riot: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, Illinois, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
- 1910The Royal Canadian Navy is created.
- 1919May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, protesting the Treaty of Versailles, which transferred Chinese territory to Japan.
- 1932In Atlanta, Georgia, mobster Al Capone begins serving an eleven-year prison sentence for tax evasion.
- 1942World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
- 1974An all-female Japanese team reaches the summit of Manaslu, becoming the first women to climb an 8,000-meter peak.
- 1979Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Who were born on May 4?
- 1827John Hanning Speke, British explorer (d. 1864)
- 1907Lincoln Kirstein, American impresario (d. 1996)
- 1914Maedayama Eigorō, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 39th Yokozuna (d. 1971)
- 1933J. Fred Duckett, Texan sports announcer and teacher
- 1943Mikhail Chemiakin, Russian painter
- 1960Andrew Denton, Australian television presenter and comedian
- 1971Joe Borowski, American baseball player
- 1976Ben Grieve, American baseball player
- 1980Andrew Raycroft, Canadian ice hockey player
- 1989Rory McIlroy, Northern Irish golfer
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