Today in History: May 4

Today in History: May 4

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1471

In England, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury.

1626

American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.

1715

A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.

1776

Rhode Island declares independence from England.

1795

Thousands of rioters enter jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.

1814

Napoleon Bonaparte disembarks at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.

1863

The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats.

1864

Union General Ulysses S. Grant's forces cross the Rapidan River and meet Robert E. Lee's Confederate army.

1927

A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time.

1930

Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by the British.

1942

The United States begins food rationing.

1942

The Battle of the Coral Sea commences.

1961

13 civil rights activists, dubbed Freedom Riders, begin a bus trip through the South.

1970

Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.