May 4 in Pop Culture History
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 8 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 changes 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 arounf 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