Lots of Saints celebrate feast days today. Some of them are Florian
(patron of Austria, brewers, chimney sweeps, fire fighters, Poland,
and soap boilers; invoked against fire, flood, and drowning), Pelagia
of Tarsus, Robert Lawrence, Augustine Webster, Gothard (or Godehard),
John Houghton, Venerius of Milan, Cyriacus (or Judas Quiricus), Richard
Reynolds, Monica, and Ethelred.
Birthdays on May 4 include John Speke (discoverer of the source of the Nile, 1827), Alice Liddell (for whom Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland), and Pia Zadora (1956).
Where is Pia nowadays? Here's an interesting site: Pia Zadora: The Mystery.
On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard opened fire on protesting students at Kent State University, killing four. It was as much a defining moment in my life as was the assassination of Kennedy. "They must have done something. They must have done something." I couldn't believe it; I was in denial for days.
On May 4, 1626, Manhattan Island was purchased for $24.00 worth of cloth and buttons.
had to happen...there was an Indiana connection with Smoky Hale's
Barbecue'n on the Internet. This was brought to my attention by the
ever vigilant Eva Whitley, who writes in response to my observation
that there were many links on Smoky's web page, "Does it have
a link to Dr. George Goble's website, which recounts how he used charcoal,
a lit cigarette, and several gallons of liquid oxygen to make the
charcoal ready for grilling in only three seconds?"