5-4-12: Today in History
Rhode Island declares independence, 1776
Bruce Springsteen releases "Pink Cadillac", 1984
Army of the Potomac crosses the Rapidan, 1864
Tito dies, 1980
A riot breaks out in Haymarket Square, 1886
An inhumane execution, 1990
Nigerian aircraft crashes in crowded city, 2002
The Haymarket Square Riot, 1886
National Guard kills four at Kent State, 1970
Margaret Thatcher sworn in, 1979
Audrey Hepburn born, 1929
Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is published, 1948
Gene Vincent records "Be-Bop-A-Lula", 1956
Jack Slade joins the army, 1847
Lincoln is buried in Springfield, Illinois, 1865
David Frost interviews Richard Nixon, 1977
Willie Mays breaks National League home run record, 1965
Rusk reports on Viet Cong strength, 1961
Four students killed at Kent State, 1970
World War I
Germany agrees to limit its submarine warfare, 1916
World War II
As the Nazi threat dies, the Red Army rises, 1945
1847 - Pope Pius IX established the Catholic Diocese of Galveston and named Jean Marie Odin the new diocese's first bishop.
1876 - Houston established a system of free schools with a ordinace that assumed control of all the city’s public schools.
1886 - Albert Richard Parsons, a labor organizer from Texas, was implicated in the infamous Chicago Haymarket Massacre. He had spoken at a meeting in Haymarket Square to protest police brutality. In the chaos that followed seven police officers and seven members of the crowd were killed. Parsons and three other men were eventually hanged for their involvement. Six years later Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned three remaining defendants and condemned the previous convictions as a miscarriage of justice.
1942 - The number one song is "Tangerine" by the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.
1953 - In Dallas, the Texas Council of Churches was formed by 11 mainline Protestant denominations.
2010 - The hardcover version of Laura Bush's "Spoken From the Heart" was published.