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May 4, 2013

Today in History for Saturday, May 4, 2013

-- — Highlight in History

On May 4, 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

On this date

In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Imperial Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)

Ten years ago

Tornadoes swept across the Central Plains and Midwest, resulting in 38 deaths and causing a wide swath of destruction. Police in Iraq’s capital returned to work in force. Pope John Paul II proclaimed five new saints before a crowd of 1 million people in Madrid. Two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut landed nearly 300 miles off course after returning from the international space station.

Five years ago

President George W. Bush visited Greensburg, Kan., where he hailed the resilience of the town and its tiny high school graduating class, one year after a tornado barreled through with astonishing fury. A river boat sank in a remote Amazon region in northern Brazil, killing at least 48 people.

One year ago

The U.S. and China outlined a tentative deal to send Chen Guangcheng, a blind legal activist, to America for study and potentially bring a face-saving end to a delicate diplomatic crisis.

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