Today in history: May 4 In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter...

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May 04, 2000

Today in history: May 4

In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.

In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demon- stration for an eight-hour workday turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.

In 1927, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences was founded.

In 1961, a group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington for New Orleans to challenge racial segregation in interstate buses and bus terminals.

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen opened fire on anti-war protesters at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four students and wounding nine others.

In 1980, Marshal Josip Broz Tito, president of Yugoslavia, died three days before his 88th birthday.

In 1994, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat signed a historic accord on Palestinian autonomy that granted self-rule in the Gaza Strip and Jericho.

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