On This Day in History | May 4th

We thought we’d share with you all the events that occurred today in history, just in case you did not know.  Just a little fun #OnThisDayInHistory facts of the Day.

Disaster History

1963 – In the upper Nile, more than 200 people died when a United Arab Republic ferry capsized and sank.

1972 – In Bratsk, USSR, 18 people were killed when an Aeroflot flight crashed on approach.

1976 – In Monze, Zambia, 11 people were killed when a de Havilland AC Canada flight crashed beyond the runway after taking off.

1999 – Several severe tornadoes hit the Midwest U.S. overnight. At least 45 people were killed.

2002 – In Kano, Nigeria, 148 people died when an EAS Airlines flight crashed. About half of the deaths were people on the ground.

2003 – In Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Tennessee, at least 38 people were killed when a series of tornadoes occurred.

Crime History

1795 – Thousands of rioters entered jails in Lyons, France, and massacred 99 Jacobin prisoners.

1886 – In Chicago, IL, a labor protest in Haymarket Square turned into a riot. More than 100 were wounded including 60 police officers and 8 police officers were killed.

1930 – Mahatma Gandhi was arrested by the British.

1932 – Al Capone entered the Atlanta Penitentiary federal prison for income-tax evasion.

1946 – A two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended. Five people were killed.

1989 – Colonel Oliver North, a former White House aide was convicted of shredding documents and two other crimes. He was acquitted of nine other charges stemming from the Iran-Contra affair. The three convictions were later overturned on appeal.

1998 – Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was given four life sentences plus 30 years by a federal judge in Sacramento, CA. The sentence was under a plea agreement that spared Kaczynski the death penalty.

1999 – Manuel Babbitt was executed for killing Leah Schendel in 1980. Babbitt had received a purple heart for his injuries in Vietnam while on death row.

Random Facts

1959 – The first Grammy Awards were held.

1970 – Four Kent State University students were shot down by National Guard members during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration.

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