This Day in History: May 4

May 04, 2021 at 04:00

On this day, May 4 …1998: The "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski is given four life sentences, plus 30 years, by a federal judge in Sacramento, Calif., under a plea agreement that spares him the death penalty.
1886: At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour workday turns into a deadly riot when a bomb explodes.
At Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstration for an 8-hour workday turns into a deadly riot when a bomb explodes.
1932: Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, enters the federal penitentiary in Atlanta.
1961: The first group of "Freedom Riders" leaves Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals.
Ronald Reagan1970: Ohio National Guardsmen open fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and injuring nine others.
2006: A federal judge sentences Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terror attacks, telling the convicted terrorist: "You will die with a whimper."
A federal judge sentences Zacarias Moussaoui to life in prison for his role in the 9/11 terror attacks, telling the convicted terrorist: "You will die with a whimper."
2009: President Barack Obama promises to crack down on companies "that ship jobs overseas" and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens.
President Barack Obama promises to crack down on companies "that ship jobs overseas" and duck U.S. taxes with offshore havens.
2009: Jeff Kepner, of Augusta, Ga., undergoes the nation’s first double-hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Jeff Kepner, of Augusta, Ga., undergoes the nation’s first double-hand transplant at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.