On This Day for 5th April

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, is opened 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)

Did You Know?

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company starts producing inflatable tires

On April 5th, 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