What Happened on April 5, 1943

Historical Events

Poon Lim's 133 Day South Atlantic Odyssey

Chinese steward Poon Lim is found off the coast of Brazil by a Brazilian fisherman family after being adrift 133 days, after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat

  • Mortsel, Belgium: Allies target Minerva car factory, used for repairing Luftwaffe planes for bombing raid; collateral damage from missed targets kills 936 civilians, Belgium's greatest loss of WWII

Famous Birthdays

  • Masahiko 'Fighting' Harada, Japanese boxer (world flyweight, bantamweight champion), born in Tokyo, Japan
  • Max Gail, American Emmy Awrad winning actor (Barney Miller - "Wojo"; D.C. Cab: General Hospital; 42), born in Detroit, Michigan

Famous Deaths

  • Aleš Hrdlička, Austro-Hungarian anthropologist and curator (US National Museum), dies at 74
1943 Highlights

About April 5, 1943

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 79 years and 10 months
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Aries