On This Day In History, 4 May


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World Events Today

  • With the project in trouble, the United States formally took over the construction of the Panama Canal today in 1904
  • The Royal Canadian Navy was founded today in 1910
  • Margaret Thatcher, also known as the “Iron Lady”, became the first female British Prime Minister today in 1979

Entertainment Events Today

  • The Superga air disaster, in which the entire Torino football team were killed in a plane crash, occurred today in 1949
  • The first Annual Grammy Awards were held today in 1959 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como were amongst the winners
  • The action horror movie The Mummy, a remake of the classic 1932 movie, was released today in 1999

Family Events Today

  • The legendary actress Audrey Hepburn, who starred in many movies, including Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, was born today in 1929 in Belgium
  • Michael Ciaran Parker, better known as the British comedian and television presenter Michael Barrymore, was born today in 1952 in London
  • The golfer Rory McIlroy, who won 4 majors by the age of 25, was born today in 1989 in County Down, Northern Ireland

Main Event Today

  • Today is also known as Star Wars Day, “May The Fourth Be With You”

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Orange Juice Day

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