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In the Gregorian Calendar, May 4 is the 124th
(hundredth – twentieth fourth) day of the year.

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Quote of the Day…

Perhaps the most urgent educational work in the world is to convince the people that their greatest enemies are the men who promise them the impossible.

— Ramiro de Maeztu
Spanish essayist, literary critic and political theorist (born May 4, 1875).

Events that Happened “A Day as Today”

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Events that Happened “Such a Day as Today” / Image Credit: Gerd Altmann

May 4 – A Day as Today – Events

  • 374: according to the stelae of the city of Tikal (in present-day Guatemala), Búho Lanzadardos (f. 439) accedes to the throne of the city of Teotihuacán (near present-day Mexico City).
  • 1443: the King of Portugal, Alfonso V, demands the payment of tithes from the settlers of the Azores.
  • 1455: in the Nasrid Kingdom of Granada, the Christian hosts of Enrique IV of Castile entered the towns of Alora, Coín and Cártama (current province of Málaga), destroying cereal fields and vineyards.
  • 1502: Christopher Columbus begins his fourth trip to America.
  • 1515: in Rome, Pope Leo X prohibits the printing of books not approved by the Inquisition.
  • 1589: in Spain, the English corsair Francis Drake begins his attack against La Coruña, commanded by the English Invincible or Counter-Navy, the gigantic armada – larger than the Invincible one – that Queen Elizabeth of England sent to Spain after the failure of Philip II to invade England. Which would end in disaster for the British; «Of the 27,667 men who made up the English fleet of 180 ships, only 3,722 returned to claim their pay»
  • 1614: in the Atlantic Ocean, about 30 km south of Terceira Island (38.4, -27, in the Azores Islands, 1550 km west of Lisbon), at 17:00 (local time) an earthquake of 11 degrees on the Mercalli scale (magnitude 12) destroys most of the houses (adobe).
  • 1675: in the outskirts of London, King Carlos II orders the construction of the Greenwich Observatory.
  • 1704: the War of the Spanish Succession begins in Portugal, with the landing in Lisbon of Archduke Carlos of Austria.
  • 1780: the Epsom Derby, a famous British equestrian event, is run for the first time in England.
  • 1789: in France, the States General are opened.
  • 1814: in Spain, Fernando VII declares the Constitution of 1812 and all the decisions of the Cortes of Cádiz void.
  • 1839: in Lima (Peru) the newspaper El Comercio is founded, the oldest in force in the country.
  • 1862: in the Hacienda de las Traperas (Mexico) the Battle of Atlixco is fought (1862). General Antonio Carvajal and the Atlixquenses repel the attack of the French support troops, one day before the battle of Puebla.
  • 1872: in Oroquieta (Spain) troops of the liberal army, commanded by General Moriones, defeat the Carlists.
  • 1886: in Chicago (United States) the Haymarket Revolt takes place after the general strike that began three days earlier. Due to this massacre, May 1 is celebrated around the world (except in the United States) as International Workers’ Day.
  • 1887: Spain signs an agreement with the Triple Alliance on the maintenance of the status quo in the Mediterranean.
  • 1888: an earthquake measuring 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale occurs in La Plata, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, known as the Río de la Plata Earthquake.
  • 1901: in Barcelona (Spain) the film The wonderful gymnasts is premiered with success.
  • 1902: in Barcelona (Spain) the Floral Games are suspended due to protests against the Spanish flag.
  • 1906: in Paris, President Armand Fallières receives King Edward VII of England.
  • 1908: a White Paper on Morocco is presented at the Reichstag, which deals mainly with the intervention of the French in Casablanca (Morocco) and the attempts of France and Spain to create a police force.
  • 1909: in Orense, the bishop of the diocese is whistled and stoned.
  • 1909: Seville (Spain) suffers a serious typhus epidemic.
  • 1910: an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale almost completely destroyed the city of Cartago, the first capital of Costa Rica, with a death toll of a thousand, approximately 10% of the total population of the city.
  • 1916: The Middle East is divided into two zones of influence: France takes Syria and Lebanon as protectorates; Britain takes Palestine, Transjordan and Iraq.
  • 1917: in the framework of the First World War, Nicaragua breaks diplomatic relations with Germany.
  • 1919: in Beijing, (China), a nationalist demonstration against the transfer of German interests to Japan becomes a true vindication of China’s independence, being the May Fourth Movement.
  • 1919: in the Zairean city of Katanga (now Shaba) the workers of the Mining Union and the railways go on strike.
  • 1922: England and Italy recognize the Government of the Soviets.
  • 1922: in Chile, feminists appoint Graciela Mandujano to represent them in the Congress to be held in Baltimore (United States).
  • 1923: in Vienna there are bloody clashes between National Socialists, Social Democrats and the police.
  • 1923: in Madrid (Spain) a branch of the metropolitan is inaugurated from the street of Atocha to the bridge of Vallecas.
  • 1924: in Germany, the SPD wins the legislative elections.
  • 1927: in the United States, the military man Hawthorne C. Gray, ascends in a balloon to a height of almost thirteen kilometers.
  • 1928: China and Japan resume hostilities.
  • 1929: in Austria, Ernest Streeruwitz presides over the new Government.
  • 1930: in the XXI Targa Florio race, the Italian driver Achile Varzi wins at the wheel of an Alfa Romeo.
  • 1931: the Spanish Government agrees on a new electoral system.
  • 1934: José Calvo Sotelo arrives in Madrid from exile.
  • 1935: in Granada (Spain) violent confrontations take place due to the sale of the newspaper Patria.
  • 1938: the Holy See recognizes the regime of Francisco Franco as a legitimate Government in Spain.
  • 1938: in the Republic of Ireland, Douglas Hyde is elected president.
  • 1939: Spain withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 1939: in the USSR, Maxim Litvinov is replaced by Viacheslav Molotov as People’s Commissar for Foreign Affairs.
  • 1941: in Madrid (Spain) the Zarzuela racecourse is inaugurated.
  • 1944: El azahar de la novia, a comedy by Luis Fernández Ardavín, premieres at the Infanta Isabel theater.
  • 1945: in the castle of Itter the siege of said castle takes place, in which the American troops and the anti-Nazi Heer unite against the SS to defend the castle, being the first time that Americans and Germans fight together as allies and the first time that the American army fights in a medieval castle.
  • 1947: in Italy, Vasco Pratolini publishes Chronicle of the poor lovers.
  • 1949: in Italy, all the members of the Torino squad, the base of the Italian national soccer team, die in a plane crash.
  • 1950: in Argentina, the government of Juan Domingo Perón arrests all the communist leaders.
  • 1951: Anastasio Somoza takes over the presidency in Nicaragua.
  • 1954: in Paraguay, General Alfredo Stroessner gives a coup and is named President of the Republic.
  • 1954: In a barge on the crater of the Union bomb (detonated on April 25), in Bikini Atoll, the United States detonates the Yankee hydrogen bomb, of 13,500 kilotons. In comparison, the Little Boy bomb (from the American atomic attack on civilians in Hiroshima in 1945) was 15 kilotons.
  • 1956: in the Eniwetak Atoll (in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean), the United States detonates the Lacrosse atomic bomb (name of an ethnic group of Native Americans), of 40 kilotons, the first of the 17 of the Redwing operation. It is the 71st bomb out of 1,132 that the United States detonated between 1945 and 1992.
  • 1957: in Bilbao (Spain), after half a century of existence, the popular café El León de Oro closes its doors.
  • 1962: at an altitude of 1,594 meters, on the Kiritimati Atoll, at 9:05 a.m. (local time) the United States detonates its 670-kiloton Questa atomic bomb. It is the 232rd bomb out of 1,132 that the United States detonated between 1945 and 1992.
  • 1963: in Haiti, President François Duvalier decrees martial law.
  • 1964: in Spain the film La verbena de la Paloma, by José Luis Sáenz de Heredia, starring Concha Velasco and Vicente Parra, is premiered with great success.
  • 1967: on the island of Yaros (Greece), more than 6000 people opposed to the regime are interned.
  • 1969: in Punta de Vacas – at the foot of Mount Aconcagua (Argentina), Mario Rodríguez (known as Silo) founded the Humanist Movement.
  • 1970: in Madrid the Spanish tennis player Manuel Santana wins the Puerta de Hierro International Tournament.
  • 1970: in Ohio, the United States, the massacre of the State University of Kent takes place.
  • 1971: in Buenos Aires Jacobo Timerman founded the newspaper La Opinion.
  • 1976: in Madrid (Spain) the newspaper El País is founded.
  • 1979: in Spain, within the framework of the transition to democracy, the new Senate is constituted.
  • 1979: in the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher is elected head of the Government. She is the first woman to hold this position in this country.
  • 1981: in Montevideo (Uruguay) a plenary meeting of CEPALC (Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean) is inaugurated.
  • 1982: in the framework of the Falklands War, an Argentine plane sinks (by means of a missile) the destroyer Sheffield, the most modern ship in the British fleet.
  • 1983: the Communist Party is dissolved in Iran.
  • 1983: in Spain the terrorist group ETA assassinates Pedro Barquero, a corporal of the National Police, his wife, María Dolores Ledo and Julio Segarra, a lieutenant of the National Police.
  • 1985: in Gothenburg (Sweden) the song La Det Swinge (by the duo Bobbysocks) wins the XXX Eurovision Song Contest for Norway.
  • 1985: in Alicante, the police find the five bombs that the terrorist group ETA had announced.
  • 1985: in the town of Plan (Huesca) the first wedding is celebrated after the “caravan of women” that arrived in town.
  • 1988: in Wistard (United States) researchers obtain (by genetic engineering technique) the first vaccine against rabies.
  • 1989: in Beijing (China) students and workers march in demand for democratic reforms.
  • 1989: in Buenos Aires, in the face of economic deterioration, the Argentine government approves the third adjustment plan in two months.
  • 1990: in Spain, the biochemist Santiago Grisolía receives the Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research.
  • 1990: in Greece, the Parliament elects Konstantinos Karamanlis as president.
  • 1991: in Rome, the song Fångad av en stormvind (by the Swedish singer Carola Häggvist) wins the XXXVI Eurovision Song Contest.
  • 1993: the Constitution enters into force in Andorra.
  • 1994: the European Parliament approves the entry of Finland, Norway, Austria and Sweden into the European Union.
  • 1994: Isaac Rabin and Yasir Arafat sign the agreement to create the first Palestinian entity in Gaza and Jericho.
  • 1995: in Spain, the tennis players Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Conchita Martínez, the golfer José María Olazabal and the athlete Fermín Cacho receive the National Sports Awards.
  • 1996: in Spain, José María Aznar becomes Prime Minister, after 13 years of the PSOE government.
  • 1997: Pope John Paul II beatifies for the first time a Spanish religious of gypsy origin, called Ceferino Giménez Malla (1863-1936), better known by the nickname “El Pele”.
  • 1997: Pope John Paul II beatifies Mother Encarnación Rosal (1820-1886), reformer of the second Betlemite order, first Guatemalan Blessed.
  • 1998: In Vatican City, the commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, Alois Estermann, and his wife, the Venezuelan Gladys Meza, are assassinated in his house by a noncommissioned officer who later commits suicide.
  • 2000: ILoveYou computer virus paralyzes millions of computers around the world.
  • 2001: Pope John Paul II visits Greece and apologizes to the Orthodox faithful for the abuses committed by the Catholic Church.
  • 2002: The United States launches the Aqua Earth Observation satellite.
  • 2003: in Madrid, Pope John Paul II canonizes three Spanish nuns (Ángela de la Cruz, Maravillas de Jesús and Genoveva Torres Morales) and two Spanish priests (Pedro Poveda and José María Rubio).
  • 2003: Ciudad Real Handball Club wins the Recopa de Europa against Redbergslids IK while Portland San Antonio loses the Champions League against Montpellier.
  • 2004: the price of a barrel of oil reaches 36 dollars, the highest price in 13 years.
  • 2004: in the Cathedral of Salvador de Ávila the twelfth exhibition of The Ages of Man is inaugurated.
  • 2005: the Pakistani government announces the arrest of the Libyan Abu Farah, leader of Al Qaeda and responsible for organizing attacks against President Pervez Musharraf.
  • 2005: in Spain, the Ministry of the Environment reports that Spanish reservoirs are at 59% of their capacity and classifies the situation as extreme drought.
  • 2005: Constantin Brâncuşi’s work L’oiseau dans l’espace is auctioned for € 21 million, the highest figure ever for a sculpture at auction.
  • 2005: The Worldwatch Institute and Workers’ Commissions present a report indicating that Spain is the industrialized country where CO2 emissions increase the most.
  • 2006: in Mexico the red alert of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation begins.
  • 2008: Real Madrid C. F. are proclaimed league champions for the 31st time in their history.
  • 2008: in the Department of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, a referendum is held on the autonomy of this region, winning the “yes” with 85.6%.
  • 2009: in Venezuela there is an earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale.

Who was Born “A Day as Today”?

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Who was Born “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Susanne Jutzeler

May 4 – A Day as Today – Births

  • 1008: Henry I, French King (d. 1060).
  • 1611: Carlo Rainaldi, Italian architect (d. 1691).
  • 1622: Juan de Valdés Leal, Spanish painter (d. 1691).
  • 1654: Kangxi, Chinese emperor (d. 1722)
  • 1655: Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian musical instrument maker, inventor of the piano (d. 1731).
  • 1718: Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, Swiss astronomer and physicist (d. 1751).
  • 1733: Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and sailor (d. 1799).
  • 1757: Manuel Tolsá, Spanish architect and sculptor (d. 1816).
  • 1766: Johann Friedrich Herbart, German philosopher and pedagogue (d. 1841).
  • 1777: Louis Jacques Thénard, French chemist (d. 1857).
  • 1780: José María Arrubla Martínez, Colombian politician and statesman (d. 1816).
  • 1786: Manuel Agustín Heredia, Spanish businessman (d. 1846).
  • 1795: José Gregorio Monagas, Venezuelan military and politician (d. 1858).
  • 1796: William H. Prescott, American historian and Hispanicist (d. 1859).
  • 1810: Lorenzo Salvi, Italian tenor (d. 1879).
  • 1825 – Thomas Henry Huxley, British biologist (d. 1895).
  • 1826 – Frederic Edwin Church, American painter (d. 1900).
  • 1852: Alice Liddell, British woman, source of inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (d. 1934).
  • 1874: Bernhard Hoetger, German sculptor (d. 1949).
  • 1875: Ramiro de Maeztu, Spanish writer and politician (d. 1936).
  • 1880: Bruno Taut, German architect (d. 1938).
  • 1883: Rogelio Fernández Güell, Costa Rican politician, writer and journalist assassinated by the Tinoco dictatorship (f. 1918).
  • 1883: Wang Jingwei, Chinese politician (d. 1944).
  • 1885: Américo Castro, Spanish historian (d. 1972).
  • 1887: Ramón Carande, Spanish historian (d. 1986).
  • 1887: Néstor Martín-Fernández de la Torre, Spanish painter (d. 1938).
  • 1903: Luther Adler, American actor (d. 1984).
  • 1904: Joaquín García Morato, Spanish aviator (d. 1939).
  • 1904: Agustín Yáñez, Mexican writer and politician (d. 1980).
  • 1908: Giovanni Guareschi, Italian humorous writer and journalist, author of Don Camilo (d. 1968).
  • 1913: Hisaya Morishige, Japanese actor (d. 2009).
  • 1914: Gastón Baquero, Cuban poet and essayist (f. 1997).
  • 1915: Ana González, Chilean actress (f. 2008).
  • 1917: Orlando Fantoni, Brazilian soccer player and coach (d. 2002).
  • 1921 – Harry Daghlian, American physicist (d. 1945).
  • 1925: Luis Herrera Campíns, Venezuelan politician and journalist (f. 2007).
  • 1926: Pascual Pérez, Argentine boxer, Olympic and world champion (d. 1977).
  • 1928: Maynard Ferguson, Canadian jazz musician (d. 2006).
  • 1928: Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President (f. 2020).
  • 1928 – Wolfgang von Trips, German racing driver (d. 1961).
  • 1929: Manuel Contreras, Chilean military and criminal (d. 2015).
  • 1929: Audrey Hepburn, Belgian actress (f. 1993).
  • 1930: Enrique Chirinos Soto, Peruvian lawyer and politician (d. 2007).
  • 1930: Milián Milianich, Yugoslav footballer (d. 2012).
  • 1931: Gennadi Rozhdéstvenski, Russian conductor and musician.
  • 1932: Carmen Castillo García, professor and Spanish philologist.
  • 1933: Ricardo Arias Calderón, Panamanian politician (d. 2017).
  • 1933: Manuel Pareja Obregón, Spanish composer (f. 1995).
  • 1934: Tatiana Samóilova, Russian actress (d. 2014).
  • 1935: José Sanfilippo, Argentine footballer.
  • 1936: El Cordobés (Manuel Benítez), Spanish bullfighter.
  • 1937: Dick Dale, American musician and guitarist.
  • 1937: David Waisman, Peruvian businessman and politician.
  • 1938: Tyrone Davis, American singer.
  • 1938: Carlos Monsiváis, Mexican writer and journalist (d. 2010).
  • 1938: Nicolás Sartorius, Spanish politician.
  • 1939: Paul Gleason, American actor.
  • 1939: Amos Oz, Israeli writer.
  • 1940: Robin Cook, American writer.
  • 1943: Mari Carmen (María del Carmen Martínez-Villaseñor), ventriloquist and Spanish humorist.
  • 1944: Mónica Bleibtreu, Austrian actress, screenwriter and teacher (d. 2009).
  • 1944: Russi Taylor, American voice actress (d. 2019).
  • 1946: John Watson, Northern Irish Formula 1 driver.
  • 1948: George Tupou V, King of Tonga (d. 2012).
  • 1949: Graham Swift, British writer.
  • 1951: Jackie Jackson, American musician, of the band The Jackson Five.
  • 1951: Gérard Jugnot, French actor and filmmaker.
  • 1951: Mick Mars, American guitarist, of the band Mötley Crüe.
  • 1956: Ulrike Meyfarth, German athlete.
  • 1956: Alejandro Escudero, Argentine film, theater and television actor (d. 2014).
  • 1958: Keith Haring, American painter.
  • 1959: Randy Travis, American singer.
  • 1960: Werner Faymann, Austrian Chancellor.
  • 1960: Guillermo Fesser, Spanish journalist and comedian.
  • 1961: Lucho Herrera, Colombian cyclist.
  • 1961: Herbert Vianna, Brazilian musician, of the band Os Paralamas do Sucesso.
  • 1963: Luis Jaime Castillo Butters, Peruvian archaeologist.
  • 1964: Marc Leduc, Canadian boxer.
  • 1967: Outi Alanne, Finnish writer.
  • 1967: Dominik Schwaderlapp, German Catholic Bishop.
  • 1970: Gregg Alexander, American singer, of the band New Radicals.
  • 1970: Sergio Basañez, Mexican actor.
  • 1972: Mike Dirnt, American bassist, of the band Green Day.
  • 1973: Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Gustavo Barros Schelotto, Argentine footballers.
  • 1973: Gastón Recondo, Argentine sports journalist.
  • 1973: Giuseppe Zappella, Italian footballer.
  • 1974: Miguel Cairo, Venezuelan baseball player.
  • 1975: Óscar Jaenada, Spanish actor.
  • 1975: Pablo Ruiz, Argentine singer.
  • 1976: Luis Amado Tarodo, Spanish futsal player.
  • 1977: Pavlo Read, Argentine musician.
  • 1977: Emily Perkins, Canadian actress.
  • 1977: Mariano Pernía, Spanish-Argentine soccer player.
  • 1977: Demphra, Dominican singer, former member of La Factoría.
  • 1979: Lance Bass, American singer, of the band ‘N Sync.
  • 1979: Warren Barfield, American singer of Christian music.
  • 1980: Masashi Ōguro, Japanese footballer.
  • 1981: Dallon Weekes, American bassist, singer and songwriter.
  • 1982: Isabel Aboy, Spanish actress.
  • 1982: Markus Rogan, Austrian swimmer.
  • 1986: George Hill, American basketball player.
  • 1987: Cesc Fàbregas, Spanish footballer.
  • 1987: Jorge Lorenzo, Spanish motorcycle racer.
  • 1988: Radja Nainggolan, Belgian footballer.
  • 1988: Enrico Alfonso, Italian footballer.
  • 1992: Victor Oladipo, American basketball player.
  • 1992: Courtney Jines, American actress.
  • 1992: Ashley Rickards, American actress.
  • 1993: Ruslan Malinovskyi, Ukrainian footballer.
  • 1993: Vitālijs Barinovs, Latvian footballer.
  • 1993: Dorian Finney-Smith, American basketball player.
  • 1995: Alex Lawther, British actor.
  • 1995: Johnathan Motley, American basketball player.
  • 1995: Martin Ellingsen, Norwegian footballer.
  • 1998: Frank Jackson, American basketball player.
  • 2000: Kevin Porter Jr., American basketball player.

Who Left Us “A Day as Today”?

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Who Left Us “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Katrina

May 4 – A Day as Today – Deaths

  • 1525: Pedro de Córdoba, Spanish religious and great defender of the Native Americans (b. 1482).
  • 1677: Isaac Barrow, British mathematician (b.1630).
  • 1727: Luis Armando II de Borbón-Conti, French aristocrat (b. 1695).
  • 1776: Jacques Saly, French sculptor (b. 1717).
  • 1847: Alexandre Vinet, Swiss theologian (b. 1797).
  • 1869: Heinrich Max Imhof, Swiss sculptor (b. 1795).
  • 1878: Roberto de Visiani, Italian physician and biologist (b. 1800).
  • 1885: Francisco Valero y Padrón, Spanish politician who signed the Castilian Federal Pact (b. 1824).
  • 1906: Leopoldo Montes de Oca, Argentine doctor and academic (b. 1834).
  • 1912 – Nettie Stevens, American geneticist (b.1861)
  • 1913: Lázaro Garza Ayala, Mexican lawyer, military and politician (b. 1830).
  • 1922: Joaquín Montaña, Argentine military man (b. 1846).
  • 1935: Narciso Díaz de Escovar, Spanish poet and scholar (b. 1860).
  • 1937: Noel Rosa, Brazilian samba player, singer, composer, mandolinist and guitarist (b.1910).
  • 1938: Jigorō Kanō, Japanese martial artist, creator of judo (b. 1860).
  • 1938: Carl von Ossietzky, writer and German pacifist, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1935 (b. 1889).
  • 1949: Valentino Mazzola, Italian footballer (b.1919).
  • 1951: Eduardo Bradley, forerunner of Argentine aviation (b. 1887).
  • 1955: George Enescu, Romanian conductor and composer (b. 1881).
  • 1964: Ramón Barba Guichard, Spanish sculptor and draftsman (b. 1892).
  • 1966: Amédée Ozenfant, French painter (b. 1886).
  • 1969: Osbert Sitwell, British writer (b. 1892).
  • 1971: Seamus Elliott, Irish cyclist (b.1934).
  • 1972: Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, 1950 Nobel Prize winner for physiology or medicine (b. 1886).
  • 1972: Josep Samitier, Spanish footballer (b.1902).
  • 1973: Jane Bowles, American writer (b.1917).
  • 1975: Moe Howard (Moses Harry Horwitz), American Jewish actor and comedian, one of the Three Stooges (b. 1897).
  • 1978: Jorge de Sena, Portuguese writer (b. 1919).
  • 1980: Marshal Tito (Josip Broz), Yugoslav military, dictator between 1953 and 1980 (b. 1892).
  • 1984: Bob Clampett, American animator (b.1913).
  • 1984: Diana Dors, British actress (b.1931).
  • 1986: Isidro Parga Pondal, Spanish geologist (b.1900).
  • 1992: Henri Guillemin, French writer and historian (b.1903).
  • 1993: Andrés Mateo, Spanish footballer (b.1918).
  • 1997: Lyman Bradford Smith, American botanist (b.1904).
  • 2001: Anne Anastasi, American psychologist, pioneer of psychometry (b.1908)
  • 2002: Gerónimo Saccardi, Argentine soccer player (b.1949).
  • 2003: Sesto Bruscantini, Italian bass and baritone (b.1919).
  • 2006: Alejandra Boero, Argentine actress (b.1918).
  • 2007: Pensri Poomchoosri, Thai singer (b.1929).
  • 2008: Jaime Gómez, Mexican soccer player (b.1929).
  • 2009: Robert Campbell, Scottish footballer and coach (b.1922).
  • 2009: Fritz Muliar, Austrian actor (b.1919).
  • 2010: Ángel Cristo, Spanish circus trainer and businessman (b.1944).
  • 2012: Adam Yauch, American musician, of the band Beastie Boys (b. 1964).
  • 2012: Rashidi Yekini, Nigerian footballer (b.1963).
  • 2013: Christian de Duve, Belgian biochemist (b.1917).
  • 2014: Elena Baltacha, British tennis player of Ukrainian origin (b. 1983).
  • 2014: Tatiana Samóilova, Russian actress (b.1934).
  • 2015: Jesús Hermida, Spanish journalist (b.1937).
  • 2016: Ángel de Andrés López, Spanish actor (born 1951).
  • 2017: Antonio Menchaca, Chilean producer (b.1938).
  • 2020: Don Shula, American head coach of the NFL (b.1930).

What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”?

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What is Celebrated “A Day as Today”? / Image Credit: Sakkanan Norkaew

May 4 – A Day as Today – Celebration

  • International Firefighters Day, decided on January 4, 1999, the date of the death of five firefighters during a forest fire in Australia, and set the day of Saint Florian, the patron saint of firefighters.
  • Star Wars day. The date was chosen because of the English word play “May the 4th” (May 4), which sounds like “May the Force be with you” (“May the Force be with you”), an iconic phrase from the Star Wars movies.
  • Afghanistan: Remembrance Day in honor of the martyrs and the disabled.
  • China: Youth Day, decreed in 1949 to commemorate the May 4 Movement, a nationalist student demonstration in 1919 against Japanese and Westerners.
  • USA:
    • Rhode Island: Independence Day.
  • Indonesia:
    • Kuningan: Balinese Hindu festival, which also takes place on November 30. This phenomenon occurs because the Balinese śaka year has 210 days.
  • Japan: Kokumin no Kyûjitsu (National Rest).
  • Latvia: Independence Day.
  • Namibia: Cassinga Day.
  • Netherlands: Dodenherdenking (National Day of Remembrance, commemoration of the Second World War).
  • Republic of China: Literary Day, commemorates the May 4 movement.
  • Tonga: Anniversary of the coronation of King George Tupou I.

Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today”

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Catholic Santoral “A Day as Today” / Image Credit: Peter H

May 4 – A Day as Today – Catholic Santoral

  • Saint Antonina of Nicea
  • Saint Ciríaco, priest and martyr
  • Saint Curcódomo deacon
  • Saint Florian
  • Saint Godfrey of Hildesheim
  • Saint Joseph Maria Rubio Peralta
  • Saint Pelagia, virgin and martyr
  • Saint Silvano of Gaza and fellow martyrs
  • Blessed Carlos Manuel Rodríguez Santiago
  • Blessed Ceferino Giménez Malla
  • Blessed Eduardo José Rosaz
  • Blessed Juan Martín Moyë
  • Blessed Ladislao de Gielniow.

What Sign of the Zodiac Rules those Born “A Day as Today”?

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May 4 – A Day as Today – Zodiac Sign

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