This Day In History
May 4
Year Month Start Date Event
1789 May 4 The justices of the peace, who govern Montreal's affairs, order "the price and assize of bread, for this month" to be: "the white loaf of 4lbs. at 13d., or 30 sous", etc., and that bakers of the city and suburbs do conform thereto, and mark their bread with a mark
1822 May 4 Born - May 4 - Charles Boucher de Boucherville, politician and 3rd Premier of Quebec (died 1915)
1845 May 4 Born - May 4 - Louis Henry Davies, lawyer, businessman, politician and 3rd Premier of Prince Edward Island (died 1924)
1877 May 4 Died - May 4 - Charles Wilson, politician (born 1808)
1880 May 4 May 4 - Edward Blake becomes the new leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
1887 May 4 Died - May 4 - William Murdoch, poet (b.1823)
1889 May 4 Died - May 4 - A. B. Rogers, surveyor (b.1829)
1890 May 4 Born - May 4 — Franklin Carmichael, painter and Group of Seven member (d.1945)
1896 May 4 Died - May 4 - Timothy Anglin, politician and Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons (b.1822)
1901 May 4 Died - May 4 — John Jones Ross, politician and Premier of Quebec (b.1831)
1910 May 4 Born - May 4 - Arsène Gagné, Quebec politician (d. 1964)
1910 May 4 May 4 - The Royal Canadian Navy is created after the Naval Service Bill passes
1916 May 4 Born - May 4 - Jane Jacobs, urbanist, writer and activist (d.2006)
1925 May 4 Died - May 4 - James Cunningham, merchant and politician (b.1834)
1928 May 4 Born - May 4 - Maynard Ferguson, jazz trumpet player and bandleader (d.2006)
1947 May 4 Born - May 4 - John Bosley, politician
1949 May 4 May 4 - Leslie Frost becomes premier of Ontario, replacing Thomas Kennedy
1953 May 4 Died - May 4 – James Tompkins, priest and educator (b.1870)
1954 May 4 Born - May 4 – Sylvia Burka, ice speed skater and World Champion, cyclist
1957 May 4 Born - May 4 – Kathy Kreiner, alpine skier and Olympic gold medalist
1967 May 4 Born - May 4 – John Child, beach volleyball player and Olympic bronze medalist
1970 May 4 Born - May 4 - Karla Homolka, convicted murderer
1971 May 4 May 4 - A sinkhole destroys much of Saint-Jean-Vianney, Quebec, and kills 31
1973 May 4 Born - May 4 - John Madden, ice hockey player
1973 May 4 Born - May 4 - Matthew Barnaby, ice hockey player
1973 May 4 Died - May 4 - Leslie Frost, politician and 16th Premier of Ontario (b.1895)
1977 May 4 Born - May 4 - Emily Perkins, actress
1980 May 4 Born - May 4 - Andrew Raycroft, ice hockey player
2001 May 4 May 4 - Chrétien's longtime Chief of Staff, Jean Pelletier, is made the head of Via Rail
2010 May 4 Died - May 4 – Glen Shortliffe, Clerk of the Privy Council (born 1937)
2010 May 4 May 4 – Three people die after their truck collides with a train at a crossing in Edmonton.