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April 5 is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years)
in the Gregorian calendar. There are 270 days remaining until
the end of the year.
- 456 -
St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a
- 1242 -
During a battle on the ice of Lake
Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the
- 1566 -
Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrik van Brederode, force
themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of
Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands. The
Inquisition is suspended and a delegation is sent to Spain to petition
- 1609 -
Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
- 1614 - In
Virginia, Native American Pocahontas
marries English colonist John
- 1621 - The
Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to
- 1792 -
U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first
time this power is used in the United States.
- 1804 -
High Possil Meteorite: The
first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
- 1818 - In
the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence
movement - led by Bernardo O'Higgins and José de San Martín - win a decisive victory over
Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.
- 1862 -
American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
- 1874 -
Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, is opened
- 1879 -
Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
- 1897 - The
Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty
Days' War", is declared between Greece and the
- 1923 -
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
begins production of balloon-tires.
- 1930 - In
an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt.
- 1932 -
Alcohol prohibition in Finland ends.
Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.
- 1932 - Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize
the Colonial Building leading to the end of
- 1936 -
outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
- 1942 -
World War II: The Japanese Navy attacks Colombo in
Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal
Navy Cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the
- 1944 -
World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are
executed by the Germans.
- 1945 -
War: Yugoslav leader Josip "Tito" Broz signs an agreement with the USSR to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into
- 1946 -
Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm,
after an 11 month occupation.
- 1949 -
Fireside Theater debuts on television.
- 1949 - A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to
nationwide fire code improvements.
- 1951 -
Ethel and Julius
Rosenberg are sentenced to death for performing espionage for
the Soviet Union.
- 1955 -
Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United
Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
- 1956 -
Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba.
- 1956 - In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister.
- 1957 - In
Communists win the first elections in united
E.M.S. Namboodiripad is sworn in
as the first chief minister.
- 1958 -
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the
Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed
in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
- 1969 -
Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S.
- 1971 - In
Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection
against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
- 1976 - In
the People's Republic of China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident.
- 1986 -
Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in
West Berlin, Germany.
- 1991 - An
ASA EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard.
- 1992 -
Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
- 1992 - Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress
by military force.
- 1992 - The Siege of Sarajevo begins when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters
Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic on
the Vrbanja Bridge.
- 1998 - In
Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking
with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
- 1999 - Two
suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over
for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
- 2007 -
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is named Camerlengo of Holy Roman