What Happened On This Day – May 4
1994 Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat sign a peace accord to ensure Palestinian self-rule in Gaza and Jericho
Together with Shimon Peres, the two leaders received the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. A year later, Rabin was assassinated by a Jewish extremist.
1959 The Grammy is presented for the first time
It is one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. Winners of the first edition included Ella Fitzgerald, Henry Mancini, and Frank Sinatra.
1953 Ernest Hemingway wins the Pulitzer Prize
The American author was awarded the prestigious accolade for his novel The Old Man and the Sea. The story about a fisherman and his battle with a large marlin also earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature.
1904 The United States takes over the construction of the Panama Canal
French engineers had begun digging a waterway between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in 1881, but they had to abandon the project after about 22,000 lives had been lost to accidents and disease.
1675 King Charles II of England commissions the Royal Observatory in Greenwich
The observatory was built on the prime meridian. The mean solar time at this location is the basis for Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Births On This Day,
1989 Rory McIlroy
1929 Audrey Hepburn
Belgian/English actress, singer
1928 Hosni Mubarak
Egyptian air marshal, politician, 4th President of Egypt
1916 Jane Jacobs
American/Canadian journalist, author, activist
1825 Thomas Henry Huxley
Deaths On This Day,
2014 Elena Baltacha
Ukrainian/Scottish tennis player
1980 Josip Broz Tito
Yugoslav marshal, politician, 1st President of Yugoslavia
1924 E. Nesbit
1903 Gotse Delchev
1799 Tipu Sultan
Indian army officer, king