Two commuter trains serving New York City collided in Connecticut during Friday’s evening rush hour, injuring about 50 people, authorities said. There were no reports of fatalities.
Gunmen opened fire on dozens of people marching in a neighborhood Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 19 people, police said. (May 12)
Astronauts making a rare, hastily planned spacewalk replaced a pump outside the International Space Station on Saturday in hopes of plugging a serious ammonia leak. (May 11)
Highlights of this day in history: Charges dropped against Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case; Garry Kasparov loses a chess match against IBM’s Deep Blue computer; Songwriter Irving Berlin born; Reggae star Bob Marley dies. (May 11)
Highlights of this day in history: A golden spike completes America’s first transcontinental railroad; Nazis burn books in Germany; Rudolf Hess parachutes into Scotland; Nelson Mandela takes office in S. Africa; U2′s frontman Bono born. (May 10)
Highlights of this day in history: The FDA approves the first birth control pill; FCC chief Newton Minow condemns TV programming; Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennett fly over the North Pole; Journalist Mike Wallace and singer Billy Joel born. (May 9)
Law enforcement officials call Amanda Berry the ‘real hero’ in ending the nightmare for her and two other girls who went missing in Cleveland a decade ago. (May 7)
Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago have been found alive in Cleveland. Three men are now under arrest. (May 7)
Israeli warplanes have carried out strikes in Syria twice in the last three days, and now Israel is deploying two batteries of its Iron Dome rocket defense system to the north of the country. (May 5)
Here is a look at some of the notable events that took place on this day in history, May 4th.