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May 4th In Pop Culture History

May 4 is Star Wars Day. "May the Fourth be with you."

May 4 Birthday (fictional) Alice, In Wonderland

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

May 4th Celebrity Birthdays

Now You Know...

Lance Bass (1979)
Heather Kozer (1976)
Audery Hepburn (1929 - 1993)
Mike Dirnt (1972)
Pia Zadora (1954)
Ana Gasteyer (1967)
People tend to make rules for others and exceptions for themselves.

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