Wednesday, May 4, 2011

This Day in History: May 4

 -The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal, 1904

-May Fourth Movement: Student demonstrations take place in Tiananmen Square (China) protesting the Treaty of Versailles which transferred Chinese territory to Japan, 1919

-The first Grammy Awards are held, 1959

-The 'Freedom Riders' begin a bus trip through the South, 1961

-Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1979

-Former White House aide Oliver North is convicted of three crimes and acquitted of nine other charges related to the Iran-Contra Affair, 1989

-Ken Livingston becomes the first mayor of London, 2000

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