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Thursday 4 May 2017 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Bird Day (United States)

Events

  • 2007 – Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7 mi wide EF5 tornado. It was the first-ever tornado to be rated as such with the new Enhanced Fujita scale.
  • 2000 – Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.
  • 1979 – Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
  • 1972 – The Don't Make A Wave Committee, a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to "Greenpeace Foundation".
  • 1970 – Vietnam War: Kent State shootings: The Ohio National Guard, sent to Kent State University after disturbances in the city of Kent the weekend before, opens fire killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. The students were protesting the Cambodian Campaign of the United States and South Vietnam.
  • 1961 – American civil rights movement: The "Freedom Riders" begin a bus trip through the South.
  • 1942 – World War II: The Battle of the Coral Sea begins with an attack by aircraft from the United States aircraft carrier USS Yorktown on Japanese naval forces at Tulagi Island in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese forces had invaded Tulagi the day before.
  • 1904 – The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.
  • 1886 – Haymarket affair: A bomb is thrown at policemen trying to break up a labor rally in Chicago, United States, killing eight and wounding 60. The police fire into the crowd.
  • 1871 – The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opens its first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1776 – Rhode Island becomes the first American colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.
  • 1686 – The Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines.

Births

  • 1992 – Victor Oladipo, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Irina Falconi, American tennis player
  • 1989 – James van Riemsdyk, American ice hockey player
  • 1986 – George Hill, American basketball player
  • 1985 – Anthony Fedorov, Ukrainian-born American singer and actor
  • 1984 – Brad Maddox, American wrestler and referee
  • 1984 – Kevin Slowey, American baseball player
  • 1984 – Montell Owens, American football player
  • 1981 – Dallon Weekes, American singer-songwriter and musician
  • 1979 – Kristin Harmel, American journalist and author
  • 1979 – Lance Bass, American singer, dancer, and producer
  • 1978 – Erin Andrews, American sportscaster and journalist
  • 1976 – Ben Grieve, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Jason Michaels, American baseball player
  • 1972 – Mike Dirnt, American bass player and songwriter
  • 1971 – Joe Borowski, American baseball player and sportscaster
  • 1970 – Dawn Staley, American basketball player
  • 1970 – Gregg Alexander, American singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1967 – Ana Gasteyer, American actress and singer
  • 1966 – Jane McGrath, English-Australian activist, co-founded the McGrath Foundation (d. 2008)
  • 1959 – Bob Tway, American golfer
  • 1959 – Randy Travis, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor
  • 1958 – Delbert Fowler, American football player
  • 1958 – Keith Haring, American painter (d. 1990)
  • 1956 – David Guterson, American novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist
  • 1956 – Ken Oberkfell, American baseball player and coach
  • 1956 – Michael L. Gernhardt, American astronaut and engineer
  • 1953 – Pia Zadora, American actress and singer
  • 1951 – Colleen Hanabusa, American lawyer and politician
  • 1951 – Jackie Jackson, American singer-songwriter and dancer
  • 1946 – Gary Bauer, American political activist
  • 1944 – Russi Taylor, American voice actress
  • 1942 – Nickolas Ashford, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer (d. 2011)
  • 1941 – George Will, American journalist and author
  • 1940 – Robin Cook, American physician and author
  • 1938 – Tyrone Davis, American blues and soul singer (d. 2005)
  • 1937 – Dick Dale, American surf-rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter
  • 1937 – Ron Carter, American bassist and educator
  • 1933 – J. Fred Duckett, American journalist and educator (d. 2007)
  • 1932 – Harlon Hill, American football player and coach (d. 2013)
  • 1930 – Roberta Peters, American soprano (d. 2017)
  • 1928 – Betsy Rawls, American golfer
  • 1925 – Maurice R. Greenberg, American businessman and philanthropist
  • 1923 – Ed Cassidy, American jazz and rock drummer (d. 2012)
  • 1923 – John Toner, American football player and coach (d. 2014)
  • 1923 – Stanley Biber, American soldier and physician (d. 2006)
  • 1922 – Eugenie Clark, American biologist and academic (d. 2015)
  • 1921 – John van Kesteren, Dutch-American tenor and actor (d. 2008)
  • 1921 – Patsy Garrett, American actress and singer (d. 2015)
  • 1919 – Dory Funk, American wrestler and trainer (d. 1973)
  • 1917 – Edward T. Cone, American pianist and composer (d. 2004)
  • 1916 – Jane Jacobs, American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist (d. 2006)
  • 1916 – Richard Proenneke, American soldier, carpenter, and meteorologist (d. 2003)
  • 1913 – John Broome, American author (d. 1999)
  • 1907 – Lincoln Kirstein, American soldier and playwright, co-founded the New York City Ballet (d. 1996)
  • 1907 – Walter Walsh, American target shooter and FBI agent (d. 2014)
  • 1906 – Gustav Bergmann, Austrian-American philosopher from the Vienna Circle (d. 1987)
  • 1905 – Al Dexter, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1984)
  • 1903 – Luther Adler, American actor (d. 1984)
  • 1889 – Francis Spellman, American cardinal (d. 1967)
  • 1887 – Andrew Dasburg, French-American painter (d. 1979)
  • 1851 – Thomas Dewing, American painter (d. 1938)
  • 1826 – Frederic Edwin Church, American painter (d. 1900)
  • 1825 – Augustus Le Plongeon, English-American historian, photographer, and academic (d. 1908)
  • 1820 – John Whiteaker, American soldier, judge, and politician, 1st Governor of Oregon (d. 1902)
  • 1796 – Horace Mann, American educator and politician (d. 1859)
  • 1796 – William H. Prescott, American historian and scholar (d. 1859)
  • 1757 – Manuel Tolsá, Spanish sculptor and first director of the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City (d. 1816)
  • 1752 – John Brooks, American soldier and politician, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1825)
  • 1655 – Bartolomeo Cristofori, Italian instrument maker, invented the piano (d. 1731)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Ellen Albertini Dow, American actress (b. 1913)
  • 2015 – Marv Hubbard, American football player (b. 1946)
  • 2015 – William Bast, American screenwriter and author (b. 1931)
  • 2014 – Dick Ayers, American author and illustrator (b. 1924)
  • 2014 – Edgar Cortright, American scientist and engineer (b. 1923)
  • 2014 – Ross Lonsberry, Canadian-American ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • 2013 – Mario Machado, Chinese-American journalist and actor (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Otis R. Bowen, American physician and politician, 44th Governor of Indiana (b. 1918)
  • 2012 – Adam Yauch, American rapper and director (b. 1964)
  • 2012 – Bob Stewart, American television producer, founded Stewart Tele Enterprises (b. 1920)
  • 2012 – Mort Lindsey, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1923)
  • 2009 – Dom DeLuise, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1933)
  • 2005 – David Hackworth, American colonel and journalist (b. 1930)
  • 2001 – Bonnie Lee Bakley, American model, wife of Robert Blake, (b. 1956)
  • 1995 – Connie Wisniewski, American baseball player (b. 1922)
  • 1990 – Emily Remler, American guitarist (b. 1957)
  • 1988 – Lillian Estelle Fisher, American historian of Spanish America (b. 1891)
  • 1987 – Cathryn Damon, American actress (b. 1930)
  • 1987 – Paul Butterfield, American singer and harmonica player (b. 1942)
  • 1975 – Moe Howard, American actor, singer, and screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1973 – Jane Bowles, American author and playwright (b. 1917)
  • 1972 – Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • 1923 – Ralph McKittrick, American golfer and tennis player (b. 1877)
  • 1880 – Edward Clark, American lawyer and politician, 8th Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • 1816 – Samuel Dexter, American lawyer and politician, 4th United States Secretary of War, 3rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (b. 1761)
  • 1790 – Matthew Tilghman, American politician (b. 1718)
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