- April 5 is the 91st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.
- There are 270 days remaining until the end of the year (271 in leap years).
- The preceding day is April 4.
- Next day is April 6.
April 5th Deaths (Here)
April 5 Events:
456 – St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop.
1242 – Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, repel an invasion by Teutonic Knights during the battle on the ice of Lake Peipus.
1254 – The Flemish Franciscan, Willen van Rubroeck, meets the Mongolian Möngke Khan.
1566 – Hendrik van Brederode, leads 200 Dutch noblemen by force into the presence of Margaret of Parma & present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands.
1609 – Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
1614 – Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe, in Virginia.
1621 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.
1722 – Jacob Roggeveen, a Dutch explorer, discovers Easter Island.
1792 – U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill for the first time in the United States.
1804 – High Possil Meteorite falls - the 1st recorded meteorite in Scotland.
1818 – In the Battle of Maipú, Chile's independence movement win a decisive victory over Spain.
1862 – The Battle of Yorktown begins (American Civil War).
1874 – In Birkenhead the 1st civic park is opened - named Birkenhead Park.
1879 – War of the Pacific - Chile declares war on Bolivia & Peru.
1897 – Greco-Turkish War ("Thirty Days' War") is declared between Greece & the Ottoman Empire.
1904 – First international rugby league match is played between England & an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
1923 – Firestone Tire & Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.
1930 – Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea & making salt as an act of civil disobedience.
1932 – Alcohol prohibition in Finland ends.
1932 – Rioters seize the Colonial Building in the Dominion of Newfoundland - leading to the end of self-government.
1933 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, & Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens.
1936 – Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak in Mississippi.
1942 – The Japanese Navy attacks Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall & HMS Dorsetshire being sunk southwest of the island (World War II).
1944 – 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans (World War II).
1945 – Josip "Tito" Broz, Yugoslav leader, signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".
1949 – Fireside Theater debuts on television.
1951 – Espionage - Ethel & Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.
1955 – Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
1956 – Fidel Castro declares war with the President of Cuba.
1956 – Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, in Sri Lanka, wins a landslide general election - with S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike being sworn in as the Prime Minister.
1958 – Underwater Ripple Rock, in the Seymour Narrows (Canada) is destroyed to prevent maritime disasters.
1969 – Vietnam War - massive US antiwar demonstrations occur in many cities.
1976 – The April Fifth Movement, in the People's Republic of China, leads to the Tiananmen incident.
1986 – Bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.
1991 – An ASA EMB 120 aircraft crashes in Brunswick, Georgia.
1992 – A large abortion rights demonstration (~ 200,000) marchs in Washington, D.C.
1992 – President Alberto Fujimori of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force.
1992 – Siege of Sarajevo begins - after Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic & Olga Sucic on the Vrbanja Bridge.
1998 – The Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū, in Japan, opens to traffic & becomes the largest suspension bridge in the world.
1999 – The 2 Libyans suspected of bombing Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for trial in the Netherlands.
2009 – North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket.
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