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4th May

1626 Peter Minuit landed in Manhattan, which he later bought for $24 worth of cloth and brass buttons.

1780 The first British Epsom Derby was won by Charles Bunbury's horse Diomed.

1882 * Sylvia Pankhurst, English painter and suffragette.

1923 * Eric Sykes, English comedian and writer who appeared on radio and TV.

1929 * Audrey Hepburn, Belgium-born film actress who won an Oscar for Roman Holiday (1953).

1932 Public Enemy Number One, Al Capone, was jailed for tax evasion.

1942 * Tammy Wynette, US country and western singer who recorded 'Stand By Your Man'.

1953 The Duke of Edinburgh is awarded his pilot's "wings" during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

1959 The first Grammy Awards were held.

1966 Harold Wilson's government agreed to increase salaries of doctors and dentists by up to 30% after fears thousands of GPs would leave the Health Service for private practice

1979 The Conservative Party won the general election, Margaret Thatcher becoming Britain's first ever woman prime minister.

1982 The British ship HMS Sheffield was sunk by an Argentine missile fired from a fighter bomber.

1989 Colonel Oliver North was convicted of 3 charges regarding the Iran-Contra affair.

2000 The London Mayoral contest ended in victory for Ken Livingstone, the independent candidate who was expelled from the Labour Party.

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