What Happened on May 4

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Historical Events

1899 – 25th Kentucky Derby: Fred Taral aboard Manuel wins in 2:12
1910 – Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
1923 – New York state revokes its Mullan-Gage Act Prohibition law; federal Volstead Act still in place
1927 – 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
1968 – 94th Kentucky Derby: Ismael Valenzuela aboard Forward Pass wins
1973 – Longest baseball game in Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium, Phillies beat Braves 5-4 in 20 innings

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Famous Birthdays

1807 – Thomas Duncan, Scottish painter, born in Kinclaven, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1845)
1882 – Wilhelm Lehmann, German writer, born in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela (d. 1968)
1902 – Cvjetko Rihtman, Bosnian composer, born in Rijeka, Croatia (d. 1989)
1909 – Howard Da Silva [Silverblatt], American actor (1776, The Lost Weekend, The Blue Dahlia), born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 1986)
1954 – Julie Budd, American singer (“Child of Plenty”), born in Brooklyn, New York
1976 – Ben Grieve, American baseball player, born in Arlington, Texas

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Famous Deaths

1506 – Husayn Bayqarah, ruler of Herat (b. 1438)
1992 – Gregor Mackenzie, Labour Party (UK) politician (b. 1927)
2001 – Bonnie Lee Bakley, American second wife of actor Robert Blake murdered in her car outside a Studio City, California restaurant at 44
2013 – Morgan Morgan-Giles, British Naval officer and politician, dies at 98
2018 – Paul Bloodgood, American artist, dies at 58 of Alzheimer’s disease
2018 – Luyanda Ntshangase, South African footballer (Maritzburg United), is struck by lightning and dies at 21

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