Today In History: Major Events To Have Occured On May 4th

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Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 4:

1945 – The U.S. 7th Army captured Hitler’s Alpine retreat of Berchtesgaden.

1970 – National Guards shot four students dead and wounded 11 at Kent State University in the United States during demonstrations against the Vietnam war.

1980 – Yugoslav wartime partisan leader Josip Broz Tito died aged 87. He became leader of the country in 1945 and president in 1953.

1989 – Colonel Oliver North was found guilty in U.S. investigations in the Iran-Contra affair.

2001 – World’s first space tourist Dennis Tito speaks to media from International Space Station.

2004 – Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government entered the record books, having survived 1,060 days to become Italy’s longest-serving administration since World War Two.

2005 – Constantin Brancusi’s “Bird in Space” shattered the record for a sculpture at auction when it soared to an astonishing $27,450,000 at Christie’s sale of Impressionist and modern art.

2006 – Reuters and Chicago Mercantile Exchange launch world’s first centrally cleared foreign exchange marketplace.

2007 – A tornado wiped out most of the small farming town of Greensburg in southwestern Kansas, killing 10 people and injuring at least 63.

2007 – Hotel heiress Paris Hilton ordered to spend 45 days in jail for violating probation for alcohol-related reckless driving.

2008 – Cyclone Nargis killed more than 130,000 people in military-ruled Myanmar, ripping through Yangon and the Irrawaddy delta.

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