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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 4, 2022

On May 4, 1982, an Argentine jet fighter sank the British destroyer HMS Sheffield during the Falkland Islands war.

By United Press International
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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 4, 2022
On May 4, 1982, an Argentine jet fighter sank the British destroyer HMS Sheffield during the Falkland Islands war. File Photo courtesy the Argentine government

Today is Wednesday, May 4, the 124th day of 2022 with 241 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Neptune, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mercury and Uranus.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Taurus. They include educator Horace Mann in 1796; first lady Julia Tyler in 1820; English biologist/agnostic Thomas Huxley in 1825; American landscape painter Frederic Church in 1826; former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 1928; actor Audrey Hepburn in 1929; opera singer Roberta Peters in 1930; Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the singing Jackson family, in 1930 (age 92); guitarist Dick Dale in 1937; novelist Robin Cook in 1940 (age 82); political commentator George Will in 1941 (age 81); singer Nickolas Ashford in 1941; Sigmund "Jackie" Jackson, member of the Jackson 5, in 1951 (age 71); singer Oleta Adams in 1953 (age 69); actor Pia Zadora in 1954 (age 68); artist Keith Haring in 1958; country singer Randy Travis in 1959 (age 63); actor Ana Gasteyer in 1967 (age 55); actor Will Arnett in 1970 (age 52); bassist Mike Dirnt, born Michael Ryan Pritchard, in 1972 (age 50); model/fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons in 1975 (age 47); sports reporter Erin Andrews in 1978 (age 44); pop singer Lance Bass in 1979 (age 43); professional golfer Rory McIlroy in 1989 (age 33); actor Grace Phipps in 1992 (age 30); actor Alexander Gould in 1994 (age 28); actor Alex Lawther in 1995 (age 27); actor Shameik Moore in 1995 (age 27); actor Nicholas Hamilton in 2000 (age 22); actor Brooklynn Prince in 2010 (age 12).

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On this date in history:

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In 1494, on his second expedition to the New World, Columbus explored the Caribbean island of Jamaica.

In 1886, four police officers were killed when a bomb was thrown during a meeting of anarchists in Chicago's Haymarket Square protesting labor unrest. Four leaders of the demonstration, which became known as the Haymarket Square Riot, were convicted and hanged.

In 1904, construction began on the Panama Canal.

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In 1926, the Trade Union Congress called a general strike in response to government plans to change the working conditions for coal miners. More than 2 million workers across Britain went on strike.

In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea began. It was a turning point for the Allies in World War II.

In 1945, French author Marcel Conversy wrote of the 15 months he spent as a prisoner at Buchenwald concentration camp, describing it as a "living hell."

In 1953, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

In 1959, the first Grammy Awards were presented. "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno won the awards for Record and Song of the Year.

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In 1970, National Guardsmen killed four students at Kent State University in Ohio during a demonstration against the Vietnam War. The shootings set off a nationwide student strike that forced hundreds of schools to temporarily close.

In 1980, President Joseph Broz Tito of Yugoslavia died at age 87.

In 1982, an Argentine jet fighter sank the British destroyer HMS Sheffield during the Falkland Islands war.

In 1990, a faulty electric chair shot flames around convicted killer Jesse Tafero's head as he was executed in Florida, prompting several states to abandon the method of execution and switch to lethal injection.

In 2000, the "I Love You" virus crashed computers around the world.

In 2002, more than 100 people died when an EAS Airlines jet crashed in the northern Nigerian city of Kano.

In 2006, confessed terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui was sentenced to life in prison without parole. The 37-year-old Moroccan implicated himself in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

In 2009, fighting between feuding families broke out at a wedding in southeast Turkey, with combatants using guns and grenades, leading to the deaths of 44 people, including the bride and groom.

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In 2011, rival Palestinian political factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation accord, citing as common causes opposition to the Israeli occupation and disillusionment with U.S. peace efforts.

In 2014, Juan Carlos Varela was elected president of Panama.

In 2020, the U.S. Coast Guard named Rear Adm. Melissa Bert as its first female judge advocate and chief counsel, its top legal position.

In 2021, President Joe Biden announced a new goal to administer at least COVID-19 vaccine dose to 70% of Americans and 160 million people fully vaccinated by July 4.


A thought for the day: "Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." -- American preacher W.T. Purkiser

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