What Happened on April 5

Historical Events

  • 1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
  • 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.
  • 1874 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, designed by Joseph Paxton, opens in Birkenhead, England
  • 1879 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • 1974 World Trade Center, then the world's tallest building, opens in New York (110 stories)
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Did You Know?

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company starts producing inflatable tires

On April 5, 1923

Famous Weddings

  • 1614 American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe
  • 1955 Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard
  • 1992 Comedian Sam Kenison marries live-in girlfriend Maleeka
  • 1999 Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa
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