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Namibia: Cassinga
(In remembrance of those who died in the South African attack on Cassinga: 05/04/1978)
Namibia South Africa Death U.S. Department of State U.S. Embassy in Namibia
Rhode Island: Independence Day
(Commemorates Rhode Island's declaration of independence two months before other colonies: 05/04/1776)
Rhode Island Great Britain Rhode Island Secretary of State
1654 K'ang-hsi (Fourth Emperor of China's Ch'ing Dynasty) Chinese Political and Social Leaders
1801 George Washington Towns (Governor of Georgia, Namesake of Towns County, Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Towns County, Georgia University of Georgia
1820 Julia Tyler (New York-born Wife of President John Tyler) Julia Tyler President John Tyler
1863 Charles Samuel Deneen (Governor of Illinois) Illinois Political and Social Leaders
1873 John James Blaine (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1882 Estelle Sylvia Pankhurst (English Women's Rights Advocate) English Political and Social Leaders Women's Rights Women's Suffrage
1889 Francis Joseph Spellman (Massachusetts-born Roman Catholic Cardinal; Archbishop of New York) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders New York Political and Social Leaders Catholicism Religion Concordia Biography
1918 Kakuei Tanaka (Prime Minister of Japan) Japanese Political and Social Leaders
1925 Luis Herrera Campins (President of Venezuela) Venezuela Political and Social Leaders
1928 Hosni Mubarak (President of Egypt) Egyptian Political and Social Leaders
1948 Prince Tupouto'a of Tonga Tonga Government of Tonga
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1980 Tito, Josip Broz (President of Yugoslavia) Josip Tito History Channel
1997 Wijayananda Dahanayake (Former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka) Sri lanka
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1471 Yorkists Defeat Lancastrians at Battle of Tewkesbury in Wars of the Roses Great Britain Twekesbury Battlefield Society Historic UK
1493 Pope Alexander VI, a Spaniard, Confers New World Discoveries to Spain Depriving Portugal of Privileges Bestowed by Earlier Popes Spain Portugal Christopher Columbus Catholicism Hartford Web Publishing
1494 Christopher Columbus Lands on the Island of Jamaica Jamaica Christopher Columbus Naval History Discover Jamaica
1521 Martin Luther Is Taken to Wartburg for His Protection Where He Translates the New Testament into German Martin Luther Religion The Bible Concordia
1535 Monks Are Hanged, Drawn and Quartered for Refusing to Accept to Henry VIII as Head of the Church Great Britain Henry VIII Religion Capital Punishment Concordia
1626 Peter Minuit, First Director-General of New Netherland, Lands in Manhattan New Netherland Peter Minuit Library of Congress Writer's Almanac
1776 Rhode Island Declares Its Independence from Great Britain Great Britain Rhode Island Rhode Island Secretary of State New York Times
1782 Georgia Legislature Banishes 280 Loyalists Who Sided with the British During the Revolution Great Britain Georgia Government American Revolution University of Georgia
1807 Thomas Todd Sworn in as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Virginia Political and Social Leaders President Thomas Jefferson United State Supreme Court Oyez
1814 Napoleon Sets Sail for His Exile on the Island of Elba France Napoleon Bonaparte Napoleon.org
1861 Maryland Legislators Protest to President Lincoln About the Military Occupation of Their State Maryland Political and Social Leaders President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1862 President Lincoln Receives News the Confederates Have Evacuated Yorktown, Virginia Yorktown, Virginia President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1863 The Battle of Chancellorsville Enters Its Fourth Day Tennessee The Battle of Chancellorsville
President Lincoln Telegraphs General Hooker Asking for Information from Chancellorsville Tennessee President Abraham Lincoln The Battle of Chancellorsville Telegraph Lincoln Papers
1864 Army of the Potomac Moves Out of Winter Quarters - Crosses the Rapidan Battle of the Wilderness History Channel
President Lincoln Implores General Sherman to Do Whatever He Can to Help the People of Nashville, TN Nashville, Tennessee President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
House Approves Wade-Davis Reconstruction Bill over Lincoln's Objections House of Representatives President Abraham Lincoln Reconstruction Social Studies Help Center
1865 Jefferson Davis and Several Members of His Cabinet Hold Their Last Meeting in Washington, Georgia Washington, Georgia Jefferson Davis American Civil War Washington, Georgia University of Georgia
The Last Major Confederate Force East of the Mississippi Surrenders at Citronelle, Alabama Citronelle, Alabama American Civil War Citronelle, Alabama Alabama Archives
Confederate and Georgia State Troops Surrender in Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
1891 President Benjamin Harrison Arrives in Ashland, Oregon Ashland, Oregon President Benjamin Harrison American Presidents SalemOregon.com
1916 Germany Agrees to Limit Its Submarine Warfare, Averting a Diplomatic Break with the U.S. Germany World War I Submarines New York Times
1919 Chinese Students Protest Treaty of Versailles Extending Japanese Influence May Fourth Movement Japan Treaty of Versailles Chinese Culture
1938 Dr. Douglas Hyde Becomes First President of Ireland under Its New Constitution Ireland Historic First CNN
1942 Battle of the Coral Sea Begins as the First Naval Clash Fought Entirely with Carrier Aircraft Battle of Coral Sea Naval Military History Aviation Military History Historic Firsts New York Times
Planes from U.S. Yorktown Sink Japanese Ships and Seaplanes at Coral Sea Japan Battle of Coral Sea U.S. Navy
1945 German Forces in the Netherlands, Denmark and Northwest Germany Surrender Nazi Germany The Netherlands Denmark World War II Yale University
U.S. 7th Army Captures Hitler's Country Retreat of Berchtesgaden Nazi Germany Adolph Hitler World War II Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
1946 The Last 270 of 4,300 German POWs Held at Fort du Pont in Delaware City, Delaware Leave for Fort Dix, New Jersey Germany Delaware City, Delaware Fort Dix, New Jersey Prisoners of War World War II State of Delawarre
1978 South African Forces Attack the Namibian Town of Cassinga, Killing Hundreds Namibia South Africa Death U.S. Embassy in Namibia
The Two Principal Leaders of the Azanian People's Organization's Are Arrested in Soweto South Africa South African History
1979 Margaret Thatcher Is Sworn in as Britain's First Female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Women Historic Firsts The BBC
1982 Argentine Air-fired Missile Sinks Britain's HMS Sheffield: 268 Crew Die Argentina Great Britain Falkland Islands War Naval Military History Death The BBC
1989 White House Aide Oliver North Convicted on 3 Counts for Iran-Contra Affair The White House Iran-Contra Affair Crime CNN
1993 United States Hands over Command of Somalia to the United Nations United Nations Somalia George Mason University
1994 Israel and the PLO Agree to Self-rule for Gaza Strip and Jericho Israel Palestine Jewish Virtual Library New York Times
1998 Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, Is Sentenced: Four Life Terms Plus 30 Years Theodore Kaczynski Law & Legal Resources Notorious Americans Terrorism PBS
2000 Ken Livingstone Is Elected Mayor of London English Political and Social Leaders Elections The BBC

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