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Reuters historical calendar - May 4

Written by: Staff

London, May 3 (Reuters) Following are some of the major events to have occurred on May 4 in history: 1919 - Students demonstrated in China against the Versailles Peace Conference decision to hand Germany's possessions in Shantung Province to Japan. Known as the May Fourth Movement, it led to the birth of the Chinese Communist Party.

1932 - Al Capone, U S ''Public Enemy Number One'', began his prison sentence for tax evasion after several appeals failed.

1945 - The U S 7th Army captured Hitler's Alpine retreat of Berchtesgaden.

1970 - National Guards shot four students dead and wounded 11 at Kent State University in the United States during demonstrations against the Vietnam war.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first woman prime minister with a majority of 43 seats in the House of Commons from the previous day's election.

1980 - Yugoslav wartime partisan leader Josip Broz Tito died aged 87. He became leader of the country in 1945 and president in 1953.

1989 - Colonel Oliver North was found guilty in U S investigations in the Iran-Contra affair.

1994 - Israel and the PLO signed a historic agreement giving Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip their first measure of freedom since the 1967 Middle East war.

2003 - Indian-born Dhani Bachmann, the first ever non-white was sworn in to the Swiss Guard, which has protected popes for almost five hundred years.

2004 - Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government entered the record books, having survived 1,060 days to become Italy's longest-serving administration since World War Two.

2005 - Constantin Brancusi's ''Bird in Space'' shattered the record for a sculpture at auction when it soared to an astonishing ,450,000 at Christie's sale of Impressionist and modern art.


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