May 4: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 4



May 4th is Firefighters’ Day and, not to be obvious, but it’s also Star Wars Day.

This day marks the 125th day of 2024, and there’s another 241 days remaining until the end of the year.

May 4th was a varied day historically and we’ve handpicked some of the most interesting events we could find. Here you’ll find all sorts of happenings, celebrity births and deaths and more.

Did you know that on this day in 1910, the Royal Canadian Navy was established? Prior to this, Canada did not have its own fleet and relied on the British Royal Navy.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about May 4th in history!


What memorable events happened on May 4 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


An armed man attacked Comedian Dave Chappelle while performing at LA’s Hollywood Bowl arena.


Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of “Seinfeld,” received the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

OTD in 2010: Emmy Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Latvia declared its independence from the Soviet Union.

Latvia lost its independence in 1940 when it was annexed by the Soviet Union, remaining under Soviet control for 50 years. With the gradual collapse of the Soviet Union, the people of Latvia were finally able to wrest control of their nation, and their parliament declared their country independent again.


NASA’s Atlantis Space Shuttle ferried the Magellan space probe into orbit.

The mission, STS-30, was NASA’s 29th shuttle mission, the fourth flight of Atlantis. The mission was also the first to deploy an interplanetary probe from Earth’s orbit. The Magellan probe reached Venus in August 1990 and spent 243 days mapping the planet’s surface.


Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister.


The Italian film “Seven Beauties” became the first film directed by a woman to be nominated for an Academy Award.


San Francisco Giants outfielder, Willie Mays, broke the record for home runs.


The first Grammy Awards was held.

It was held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, hosted by Mort Sahl. The award winners were Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Domenico Modugno, Ross Bagdasarian, and Henry Mancini. Each artist won two awards.


United States civilians received ration books for the first time.


Al Capone went to prison.

OTD in 1932: Al Capone went to prison.

After being convicted of income tax evasion, Al Capone entered the US Penitentiary in Atlanta. There, he smuggled in cash and received special treatment, including decorations for his cell, cigars, and use of a typewriter.


The Royal Canadian Navy was established.

OTD in 1910: The Royal Canadian Navy was established.

The navy was established after Sir Wilfrid Laurier passed the Naval Service Act. Before that, Canada did not have their own navy and relied on the British Royal Navy.


The Cincinnati Red Stockings played their first game, winning with 45-9 against the Great Westerns of Cincinnati.


American Academy of Arts & Science was established in Boston with James Bowdoin, John, and Samuel Adams as founding members.


Pope Alexander VI divided the New World between Spain and Portugal.

Famous Births

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Audrey Hepburn



Audrey Hepburn

Died On:

Jan 20, 1993 (Age 63)

Born In:

Ixelles, Belgium


Will Arnett



Will Arnett


54 years old

Born In:

Ontario, Canada


Mike Dirnt



Mike Dirnt


52 years old

Born In:

California, USA


Keith Haring



Keith Haring

Died On:

Feb 16, 1990 (Age 31)

Born In:

Pennsylvania, USA

Special Holidays

Looking for a reason to celebrate? Well, here’s a few! These unique holidays are sure to bring some enjoyment to your day.

May 4: Star Wars Day
United States

Star Wars Day

The origin of Star Wars Day simply comes down to the fact that “May the force” and “May the 4th” are so similar, so Star Wars fans started the unofficial holiday. Star Wars day is such a fun holiday to celebrate, though, and it’s the perfect excuse to watch all the movies again!

May 4: International Firefighters' Day

International Firefighters’ Day

Firefighters are heroes saving people and property from being damaged by uncontrollable blazes. May 4 is Firefighters’ Day, so why not show them the appreciation they deserve by bringing a gift to your local station or donating to a related charity?

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

The only difference between kosher salt and table salt is the grain size. Kosher salt is smaller, and they both come from underground salt deposits.

Birthday & Zodiac

Those of you who were born on this day share the Taurus zodiac sign.

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the modern zodiac. Taureans are hard workers, and their work often pays off with big rewards. They’re ambitious, focused, and resilient.

Emerald is the birthstone given to people born in May. The emerald has always been a highly treasured gemstone. The ancient Romans believed Emerald represented Venus, the Goddess of beauty and love.

If your birthday falls on this day, you would’ve likely been conceived around August 11 in the previous year.

The due date for a baby conceived on May 4th, 2024, is around January 25th, 2025.

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