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Today in History

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Today is Sunday, May 4, the 124th day of 2014. There are 241 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight
On May 4, 1974, Expo ‘74, a six-month-long world’s fair, opened in Spokane.
On this date:
In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
In 1864, Swarthmore College in suburban Philadelphia was chartered.
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 1904, the United States took over construction of the Panama Canal.
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 Imperial Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)
In 1959, the first Grammy Awards ceremony was held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Domenico Modugno won Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”; Henry Mancini won Album of the Year for “The Music from Peter Gunn.”
In 1964, the daytime drama “Another World” began a 35-year run on NBC-TV.
In 1970, Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.
In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister after the Tories ousted the incumbent Labor government in parliamentary elections.
In 1989, fired White House aide Oliver North was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes and acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. (However, the three convictions were later overturned on appeal.)
Today’s birthdays
The former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is 86. Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson musical family, is 84. Jazz musician Ron Carter is 77. Rock musician Dick Dale is 77. Pop singer Peggy Santiglia Davison (The Angels) is 70. Actor Richard Jenkins is 67. Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 64. Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues) is 64. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 63. Singer-actress Pia Zadora is 62. Rhythm-and-blues singer Oleta Adams is 61. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sharon Jones is 58. Country singer Randy Travis is 55. Actress Mary McDonough is 53. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 47. Actor Will Arnett is 44. Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 42. Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 42. TV personality and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is 39. Rock musician Jose Castellanos is 37. Sports reporter Erin Andrews is 36. Singer Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 35. Actor Alexander Gould is 20.
Thought for today
“The greater the number of laws and enactments, the more thieves and robbers there will be.” — Lao-tzu (low dzu), Chinese philosopher (c.604-531 B.C.).
Associated Press

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