2021 May

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 124th day of 2021, and there’s another 241 days to go.

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

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 interesting facts about May 4th in history!

What Happened On May 4 In History?


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


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 ever.


Al Capone went to prison.

OTD in 1932: Al Capone went to prison.
Convicted of income tax evasion, Al capone entered the US Penitentiary in Atlanta. There, he smuggled in cash and received special treatment included decorating 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 by legislature in Boston with James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams as founding members.


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

Did you know that on this day, May 4th 1910, the Royal Canadian Navy was established?