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Events and Birthdays on 4 May

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Events on this day, 4 May

The London Mayoral contest ends in victory for Ken Livingstone, the independent candidate and maverick MP expelled from the Labour Party.

The British ship HMS Sheffield is sunk by an Argentine missile fired from a fighter bomber.

The Conservative Party wins the general election making Margaret Thatcher Britain's first woman prime minister.

Harold Wilson's government agrees to increase doctors' and dentists' salaries by up to 30% after fears thousands of GPs would leave the Health Service for private practice

The Duke of Edinburgh is awarded his pilot's "wings" during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Birthdays on this day, 4 May

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