(Saturday, May 4, 1974) — “The Loco-Motion” by Grand Funk peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks (May 4/11, 1974). It was the group’s second of two number one hits on the chart (1973-1974).
Video: 'Another World 1964 Opening Theme'
(Monday, May 4, 1964, 3:00 p.m. EDT) — Another World, a television daytime drama set in the fictional town of Bay City, began a 35-year run this afternoon on NBC-TV.
(Saturday, May 4, 1974) — “Just Don’t Want to Be Lonely” by The Main Ingredient peaked at #10 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, May 4, 1974) — “My Mistake (Was to Love You)” by Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye peaked at #19 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
(Saturday, May 4, 1974) — “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” by Paper Lace peaked at #96 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week.
Video: 'Gaslight' (trailer)
(Thursday, May 4, 1944) — Gaslight, a mystery-thriller film about a newlywed who fears she’s going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion, opened today at the Capitol in New York City.
Directed by George Cukor, the film starred Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Dame May Whitty and Angela Lansbury.
Video: 'Building the US Panama Canal Zone 1904'
(Wednesday, May 4, 1904) — The U.S. formally took control of the Panama Canal today, inheriting from the French a depleted workforce and a vast jumble of buildings, infrastructure and equipment, much of it in poor condition.
Video: 'Ulysses S. Grant and the Battle of the Wilderness' (May 4, 1864, at 24:42)
(Wednesday, May 4, 1864; during the Overland Campaign, part of the American Civil War) — Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, general-in-chief of all Union armies, crossed the Rapidan River today, seeking to defeat Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia by quickly placing his forces between Lee and Richmond and inviting an open battle.