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April 5 Historical Events

The following events took place on April 5. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 49 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 823
    Lothair I is crowned King of Italy by Pope Paschal I.
  • 1081
    Alexios I Komnenos is crowned Byzantine emperor at Constantinople, bringing the Komnenian dynasty to full power.
  • 1242
    During the Battle on the Ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
  • 1536
    Royal Entry of Charles V into Rome: The last Roman triumph.
  • 1566
    Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick 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.
  • 1609
    Daimyo (Lord) Shimazu Tadatsune 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 Rolfe.
  • 1621
    The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England.
  • 1710
    The Statute of Anne receives the Royal Assent establishing the Copyright law of the United Kingdom.
  • 1722
    The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
  • 1792
    United States 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.
  • 1847
    Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park in Britain, is opened in Birkenhead.
  • 1862
    American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
  • 1879
    Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • 1900
    Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.
  • 1904
    The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1915
    Boxing challenger Jess Willard knocks out Jack Johnson in Havana, Cuba to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
  • 1922
    The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.
  • 1923
    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.
  • 1932
    Alcohol prohibition in Finland ends. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.
  • 1932
    Dominion of Newfoundland: Ten thousand rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
  • 1933
    U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.
  • 1936
    Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
  • 1942
    World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.
  • 1943
    World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1,300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. Their target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.
  • 1944
    World War II: Two hundred seventy inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
  • 1945
    Cold War: Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow “temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory”.
  • 1946
    Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11-month occupation.

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