What Happened on April 5

Historical Events

  • 1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
  • 1722 Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen is the first European to discover Easter Island / Rapa Nui in the southeastern Pacific
  • 1818 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, 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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Apr 5 in Film & TV

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

Apr 5 in Music

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

Apr 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 American musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

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