What Happened on April 5

Significant Events

  • 1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
  • 1722 Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island
  • 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, opens in Birkenhead, England, designed by Joseph Paxton
  • 1879 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
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April 5 in Film & TV

  • 1987 Fox TV network premieres showing "Married With Children" and "The Tracey Ullman Show"

April 5 in Music

  • 1874 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna

April 5 in Sport

Did You Know?

Firestone Tire and Rubber Company starts producing inflatable tires

On April 5, 1923


Would You Believe?

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

On April 5, 1943

Famous Weddings

  • 1614 American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe
  • 1653 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer marries Catharina Bolenes in Schipluiden
  • 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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