Significant events that happened (or will happen) on May 4.
- 1982 – 5,835 Charlottesville residents went to the polls for referendum on changing City Council by adding two new members and switching to a ward-based system for four of the seats. The measure failed on a vote of 3,382 against the idea and 2,453 in favor. 
- Web. Letter from Booker Reaves to Circuit Court Clerk regarding advisory referendum, Booker Reaves, Letter, Charlottesville Electoral Board, May 6, 1982, retrieved October 12, 2017.