updated 5/4/2007 12:03:01 AM ET 2007-05-04T04:03:01

Today is Friday, May 4, the 124th day of 2007. There are 241 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 4, 1945, during World War II, German forces in the Netherlands, Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to surrender.

On this date:
In 1626, Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on present-day Manhattan Island.

In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an eight-hour work day turned into a riot when a bomb exploded.

In 1904, the United States took over construction of the Panama Canal.

In 1916, responding to a demand from President Wilson, Germany agreed to limit its submarine warfare, thereby averting a diplomatic break with Washington. (However, Germany resumed unrestricted submarine warfare the following year.)

In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentiary in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferred to Alcatraz Island.)

In 1946, a two-day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco Bay ended, the violence having claimed five lives.

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

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

In 1979, Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister as the Tories ousted the incumbent Labour government in parliamentary elections.

In 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley, wife of actor Robert Blake, was shot to death as she sat in a car in Los Angeles. (Blake, accused of the killing, was acquitted in a criminal trial but was found liable by a civil jury and ordered to pay damages.)

Ten years ago: IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov, evening their six-game series at one game apiece. Cerefino Jimenez Malla became the first Gypsy beatified in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.

Five years ago: A Nigerian airliner crashed in the northern city of Kano just after takeoff, killing a total of 154 people on the plane and the ground. War Emblem, a 20-to-1 shot, scored a wire-to-wire, four-length victory over Proud Citizen in the Kentucky Derby.

One year ago: A federal judge sentenced Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks; the convicted terrorist declared: “God save Osama bin Laden — you will never get him.” The U.S. military released video footage of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in which the al-Qaida leader was seen wearing American tennis shoes and unable to operate his automatic rifle.

Today’s Birthdays: The president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, is 79. Opera singer Roberta Peters is 77. Jazz musician Ron Carter is 70. Rock musician Dick Dale is 70. Singer-songwriter Nick Ashford is 65. Pop singer Peggy Santiglia (The Angels) is 63. Country singer Stella Parton is 58. Actor-turned-clergyman Hilly Hicks is 57. Singer Jackie Jackson (The Jacksons) is 56. Rhythm-and-blues singer Oleta Adams is 54. Country singer Randy Travis is 48. Actress Mary McDonough is 46. Comedian Ana Gasteyer is 40. Rock musician Mike Dirnt (Green Day) is 35. Contemporary Christian singer Chris Tomlin is 35. Rock musician Jose Castellanos is 30. Singer Lance Bass (’N Sync) is 28.

Thought for Today: “If you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” — Margaret Thatcher, former British prime minister.

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