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Notable Historical Events for May 4th

1862Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains

2008Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

1728George Frederick Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London

2002Barry Bonds hits his 400th home run as a Giant, leading his team to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati. Bonds is the first player to hit 400 homers for one team and 100 with another

1957Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam

1910Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy

2013Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of To Kill a Mockingbird

1953Pulitzer prize awarded to Ernest Hemingway for The Old Man & The Sea

1979Margaret Thatcher 1st woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

1834Charles Darwin's expedition reaches 200 km from Atlantic Ocean

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Notable Birthdays on May 4th

1796Horace Mann, Franklin Massachusetts, American educator/author/editor (pioneered public schools)

1958Keith Haring, Kutztown Pa, American graffiti artist (Vanity Fair, Paris Review)

1928Betsy Rawls, Spartanburg South Carolina, golfer (US Womens Open-51, 53, 57, 60)

1929Audrey Hepburn, Brussels Belg, (Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady), (d. 1993)

1928Hosni Mubarak, Kafr-El Meselha, Egypt, Egyptian president (1981-2011)

1972Mike Dirnt [Michael Ryan Pritchard], Berkeley, California, American musician (Green Day)

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Notable Weddings on May 4th

1969Actor Dustin Hoffman (31) weds actress Anne Byrne (25)

1962Actor Christopher Plummer (32) weds columnist Patricia Lewis at the Marylebone Registry office in London

1944Baseball player Ted Williams marries Doris Soule (divorced 1954)

2013Actress Keira Knightley (28) weds musician James Righton (29) in France

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Notable Deaths on May 4th

2012MCA [Adam Yauch], Beastie Boys vocalist, dies from cancer at 47

1975Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77

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