The 4t o Mey is the 124t day o the year (125t in lowp years) in the Gregorian Calendar, wi 241 days ti come.
- 1776 - Rhode Island becomes the first colony in North Americae tae withdraw allegiance frae King George III o Great Breetain.
- 1863 - American Ceevil War: The Confederate airmy unner Robert E. Lee defeats a Union force in the Battle o Chancellorsville.
- 1902 - 8 fishermen dee in the Galway Bay drounin.
- 1904 - Stairt o biggin work on the Panama Canal.
- 1904 - In Germany, the fitbaa team FC Schalke 04 is foondit.
- 1924 - The 1924 Simmer Olympics in Paris stairt.
- 1945 - Warld War II: Denmark is liberatit.
- 1949 - The Torino fitbaa team is kilt in a plane crash.
- 1953 - Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize for "The Auld Man an the Sea".
- 1970 - Members o the Unitit States Naitional Guaird open fire on students protestin agin the Vietnam War at Kent State Varsity in Ohio, killin 4 an injurin 9.
- 1978 - Sooth Africae forces bomb a refugee camp in Angolae run bi Namibie Leeberation muivement SWAPO, killin awmaist 1,000 fowk.
- 1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Meenister o the Unitit Kinrick.
- 1982 - Falklands War: Argentine forces bomb the HMS Sheffield, killin 20 sailors.
- 1990 - Latvie declares unthirldom frae the Soviet Union.
- 1993 - A new democratic constitution comes intae force in Andorrae.
- 2000 - Ken Livingstone becomes the first electit Mayor o Lunnon.
- 2002 - A plane crash in a suburb o Kano, Nigerie, kills 148 fowk.
- 2009 - 44 fowk are kilt in the Mardin massacre in Sootheastren Turkey.
- 2017 - Scots local elections, 2017: Overaw seats - Scots Naitional Pairty 431, Scots Conservative Pairty 276, Scots Labour Pairty 262, Scots Leeberal Democrats 67.
- 2018 - The Nobel Prize in Leeteratur for that year is cancelled ower a sexual harrassment scandal in the Swadish Academy.
- 1008 - Henry I o Fraunce (d. 1060)
- 1613 - James Sharp, Scots meenister an bishop (d. 1679)
- 1654 - Kangxi Emperor o Cheenae (d. 1722)
- 1655 - Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker (d. 1731)
- 1726 - William Roy, Scots militar ingineer, surveyor an antiquarian (d. 1790)
- 1800 - John McLeod Campbell, Scots meenister an theologian (d. 1872)
- 1825 - Thomas Henry Huxley, Inglis biologist (d. 1895)
- 1827 - John Hanning Speke, Inglis splorer (d. 1864)
- 1904 - Umm Kulthum, Egyptian sangster (d. 1975)
- 1907 - Walter Walsh, American FBI agent an Olympic shooter (d. 2014)
- 1928 - Hosni Mubarak, umwhile Preses o Egyp
- 1929 - Audrey Hepburn, Belgian-Breetish actress (d. 1993)
- 1947 - Colin Breed, Inglis politeecian
- 1948 - George Tupou V, King o Tonga (d. 2012)
- 1958 - Caroline Spelman, Inglis politeecian
- 1960 - Werner Faymann, umwhile Chancellor o Austrick
- 1961 - Chris Packham, Inglis wildlife expert an telly presenter
- 1972 - Mike Dirnt, American muisicker (Green Day)
- 1973 - John Henderson, Scots dairts player
- 1987 - Cesc Fabregas, Spaingie fitbawer
- 1987 - Jorge Lorenzo, Spaingie motorcycle racer
- 1988 - David Gray, Scots fitbawer
- 1989 - Rory McIlroy, Northren Erse gowfer
- 1519 - Lorenzo de' Medici, Duke o Urbino, Florentine statesman (b. 1492)
- 1933 - Alexander Marshall Mackenzie, Scots airchitect (b. 1848)
- 1938 - Carl von Ossietzky, German activist (b. 1889)
- 1945 - Fedor von Bock, German field marshal (b. 1880)
- 1980 - Josip Broz Tito, Preses o Yugoslavie (b. 1892)
- 1984 - Willie Ormond, Scots fitbawer (b. 1927)
- 2009 - Bobby Campbell, Scots fitbawer (b. 1922)
- 2013 - Christian de Duve, Belgian biochemist (b. 1917)
- 2014 - Elena Baltacha, Ukrainian-born Breetish tennis player (b. 1983)
- 2020 - Don Shula, American fitbawer coach (b. 1930)
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