From the archives of The Daily News for May 4:
- In 1914, members of the coast defense artillery corps were ordered to Brownsville as provisional infantrymen.
- In 1964, Splash Days Weekend drew 30,000 visitors to the island. Despite the crowds, police only filed 200 charges against an estimated 180 people.
- In 1964, representatives of the Galveston County Association for Mental Health were planning to go door-to-door in a Bell Ringer March.
- In 1989, Monte Potter, the acting mayor of Crystal Beach, planned to call a hearing to reconsider the impeachment of Mayor Bill Kelsey. Potter had received an opinion from Attorney General Jim Mattox’s office that indicated the council could have removed Kelsey without just cause.
- In 1989, a lightning strike during heavy storms ignited a natural gas line in a residential neighborhood in Dickinson, which prompted a brief evacuation of several nearby residents.