On This Day in History, May 04

The Grammy is one of the most prestigious awards in the music industry. It is on this day that it was first presented.

Find out more interesting events that made historical records on this day, May 04. Read on!

  • 1675-King Charles II of England commissioned the Royal Observatory in Greenwich.
  • 1715-A French manufacturer debuted the first folding umbrella.
  • 1878-Thomas Edison’s Phonograph was shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House.
  • 1904-The United States took over the construction of the Panama Canal.
  • 1932-Al Capone entered Atlanta Penitentiary, convicted of income tax evasion
  • 1942-The Battle of the Coral Sea commenced as American and Japanese carriers launched their attacks at each other.
  • 1953-Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1957-Anne Frank Foundation was formed in Amsterdam.
  • 1959-The Grammy was presented for the first time.
  • 1959-Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed a peace accord to ensure Palestinian self-rule in Gaza and Jericho.
  • 1970-The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University.
  • 1979-Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman prime minister.
  • 1987-Live models were used for the first time in Playtex bra ads.
  • 1987-The First Bank of the United States was listed as a National Historic Landmark.
  • 1991-US President George H. W. Bush was hospitalized for an erratic heartbeat.
  • 2000-The citizens of London elected their mayor for the first time.
  • 2003-Idaho Gem was born. He was the first member of the horse family to be cloned.
  • 2008-Seth MacFarlane reached an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep “Family Guy” and “American Dad” on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world’s highest-paid television writer.
  • 2010-Pablo Picasso’s “Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust” sold for $106.5 million.
  • 2012-In Las Vegas, NV, Google received the first self-driving vehicle testing license.

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