Today in History (May 4)

Today is Wednesday, May 4, the 124th day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2013, the Ozark Gateway Master Gardeners held their yearly plant sale event.
  • In 2014, Kansas released a report that stated the number of farms in the state has decreased by six percent in the previous seven years.
  • In 2016, a shootout occurred in Columbus Kansas after police chased a man responsible for threatening others and firing a gun.

World news

  • In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.
  • In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour workday turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded.
  • In 1904, the United States took over the construction of the Panama Canal from the French.


  • In 1970, Neil Young wrote “Ohio” after four Kent State University students were killed by U.S. National Guardsmen.
  • In 1990, Madonna kicked off the U.S. leg of her “Blonde Ambition” tour in Houston. Fans eventually got to see what went on behind the scenes in the documentary “Truth or Dare.”
  • In 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car near a restaurant in Los Angeles.


  • 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.
  • In 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.


Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson musical family, is 92. Jazz musician Ron Carter is 85. Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator George Will is 81. Pop singer Peggy Santiglia Davison (The Angels) is 78. Actor Richard Jenkins is 75. Country singer Stella Parton is 73. Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 72. Irish musician Darryl Hunt (The Pogues) is 72. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 71. Singer-actor Pia Zadora is 70. R&B singer Oleta Adams is 69. Violinist Soozie Tyrell (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band) is 65. Country singer Randy Travis is 63. Actor Mary McDonough is 61. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 55. Actor Will Arnett is 52. Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 50. Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 50. TV personality and fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons is 47. Sports reporter Erin Andrews is 44. Singer Lance Bass (‘N Sync) is 43. Actor Ruth Negga is 41. Rapper/singer Jidenna is 37. Actor Alexander Gould is 28. Country singer RaeLynn is 28. Actor Amara (uh-MAH’-ruh) Miller is 22. Actor Brooklynn Prince (Film: “The Florida Project”) is 12.

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