This day in history

Saturday, May 4, is the 124th day of 2013. There are 241 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, is 85. Opera singer Roberta Peters is 83. Singer Jackie Jackson (the Jacksons) is 62. Country singer Randy Travis is 54. Actress Mary McDonough is 52. Actor Will Arnett is 43. Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 34.

In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.


In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

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In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour work day turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded.

In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island.)

In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)

In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.


In 1998, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif.