This Day In History – May 4

Today in Histroy

1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism
1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Today in Movies & TV

2008 Seth MacFarlane reaches 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

Today in Music

1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win

Today in Sports

1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings play their first official game as the sport’s first professional side against the Great Western Base Ball Club winning 45-9

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