April 5th Events

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April 5th, 2007 (April 05 2007)EventCardinal Tarcisio Bertone is named Camerlengo of Holy Roman Church.
April 5th, 1999 (April 05 1999)EventTwo Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
April 5th, 1998 (April 05 1998)EventIn Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshu and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.
April 5th, 1992 (April 05 1992)EventSeveral hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
April 5th, 1992 (April 05 1992)EventAlberto Fujimori, president of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force.
April 5th, 1992 (April 05 1992)EventThe Siege of Sarajevo begins when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sucic on the Vrbanja Bridge.
April 5th, 1991 (April 05 1991)EventAn ASA EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard.
April 5th, 1986 (April 05 1986)EventThree people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discotheque in West Berlin, Germany.
April 5th, 1976 (April 05 1976)EventIn the People s Republic of China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen incident.
April 5th, 1971 (April 05 1971)EventIn Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches insurrection against the United Front government of Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike.
April 5th, 1969 (April 05 1969)EventVietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.
April 5th, 1958 (April 05 1958)EventRipple 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.
April 5th, 1957 (April 05 1957)EventIn India, Communists win the first elections in united Kerala and E.M.S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first chief minister.
April 5th, 1956 (April 05 1956)EventFidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba.Fidel Castro Quotes
April 5th, 1956 (April 05 1956)EventIn 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.
April 5th, 1955 (April 05 1955)EventWinston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.Winston Churchill Quotes
April 5th, 1951 (April 05 1951)EventEthel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for performing espionage for the Soviet Union.
April 5th, 1949 (April 05 1949)EventFireside Theater debuts on television.
April 5th, 1949 (April 05 1949)EventA fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements.
April 5th, 1946 (April 05 1946)EventSoviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.
April 5th, 1945 (April 05 1945)EventCold War: Yugoslav leader Josip "Tito" Broz signs an agreement with the USSR to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory."
April 5th, 1944 (April 05 1944)EventWorld War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
April 5th, 1942 (April 05 1942)EventWorld War II: The Japanese Navy attacks Colombo in Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Royal Navy Cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.
April 5th, 1936 (April 05 1936)EventTupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
April 5th, 1932 (April 05 1932)EventAlcohol prohibition in Finland ends. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.
April 5th, 1932 (April 05 1932)EventDominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
April 5th, 1930 (April 05 1930)EventIn an act of civil disobedience, Mohandas Gandhi breaks British law after marching to the sea and making salt.
April 5th, 1923 (April 05 1923)EventFirestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.
April 5th, 1904 (April 05 1904)EventThe first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
April 5th, 1897 (April 05 1897)EventThe Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire.
April 5th, 1879 (April 05 1879)EventChile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
April 5th, 1874 (April 05 1874)EventBirkenhead Park, the first civic public park, is opened in Birkenhead.
April 5th, 1862 (April 05 1862)EventAmerican Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
April 5th, 1818 (April 05 1818)EventIn the Battle of Maipu, Chile s independence movementled by Bernardo O Higgins and Jose de San Martinwin a decisive victory over Spain, leaving 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead.Jose de San Martin Quotes
April 5th, 1804 (April 05 1804)EventHigh Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
April 5th, 1792 (April 05 1792)EventU.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.George Washington Quotes
April 5th, 1621 (April 05 1621)EventThe Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.
April 5th, 1614 (April 05 1614)EventIn Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
April 5th, 1609 (April 05 1609)EventDaimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa.
April 5th, 1566 (April 05 1566)EventTwo-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 Philip II.
April 5th, 1242 (April 05 1242)EventDuring a battle on the ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
April 5th, 0456 (April 05 0456)EventSt. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop.

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