Arsenal goalscorers Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg with the FA Cup after beating Chelsea by 2-0 in th final at the Millenium Stadium, Cardiff. - Gulf News Archives

Arsenal wins FA Cup final

2002 - Superb second-half goals from Ray Parlour (above left) and Freddie Ljungberg (right) earned Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the first all-London final for 20 years. After 70 minutes of nervous football Parlour sent the red and white end of the Millennium Stadium into ecstasy when he curled a right foot shot past Carlo Cudicini from 20 metres. Ljungberg, who had opened the scoring in last season’s 2-1 final defeat by Liverpool, put the result beyond doubt after a run in the 79th minute which started in the Arsenal half, and a curling shot into the top corner. The Swede midfielder has now scored in the last seven Arsenal games and is the first player to score in successive Cup finals since Bobby Smith for Tottenham 40 years ago.

May 4

1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.

1776 - Rhode Island declares its independence from England.

1814 - King Ferdinand VII of Spain abolishes the 1812 Constitution and returns Spain to an absolute monarchy.

1843 - Great Britain annexes Natal.

1904 - The United States begins construction of the Panama Canal.

1931 - Mustafa Kemal Pasha becomes President of Turkey.

1949 - The entire Torino FC football team is killed in a plane crash near Turin, Italy.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman Prime Minister in the history of Britain.

1989 - Tens of thousands of Chinese students march to Tiananmen Square calling for freedom and democracy.

2000 - Londoners elect their mayor for the first time.

2002 - A passenger plane of Nigeria’s private EAS Airlines crashes in the northern city of Kano, killing 148 people.

2008 - 78,000 people are killed when tropical cyclone Nargis rips through Myanmar.

2009 - Nepal’s Maoist Prime Minister Prachanda resigns after a crisis sparked by his sacking of the country’s army chief.

2011 - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announces the signing of a reconciliation accord between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo.

2012 - Saudi Arabia reopens its missions in Egypt after they were shut last week in the wake of angry protests.

2013 - World Boxing Council champion Floyd Mayweather extends his perfect record to 44 victories, beating Robert Guerrero in their welterweight title fight.

2015 - Dubai issues a law on Dubai Free Zones Council.