On This Day

On This Day in History for April 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1986 US soldier & Turkish woman killed in West Berlin disco bombing
  • 1989 Poland grants legal status to trade union Solidarność (Solidarity)

Book releaseHistoric Publication

1991 Kitty Kelley publishes an unauthorized biography of former US First Lady Nancy Reagan

US First Lady Nancy Reagan
US First Lady
Nancy Reagan
  • 1991 Southeast Airlines Embracer 120 crashes in Georgia, killing 23
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 37 (Atlantis 8) launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
  • 1991 US begins air drops to Kurd refugees in Northern Iraq

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori suspends the constitution and dissolves Congress

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori
  • 1992 Thailand General Suchinda Kraprayoon installed as president
  • 1992 Serbian troops begin besieging Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which would become the longest siege in modern warfare
  • 1992 Several hundred-thousand abortion rights demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.
  • 1993 Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • 1996 John Bobbitt is put under house arrest in Las Vegas for 120 days
  • 1997 Galileo, 3rd Ganymede Flyby (Orbit 7)
  • 1999 Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
  • 2009 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks
  • 2012 Severe storms in Argentina kill 14 people
  • 2012 77-year old pensioner's suicide outside Greek parliament prompts further protests in Athens
  • 2012 International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
  • 2013 Japan’s Nikkei 225 reaches its highest level in five years
  • 2013 60 people are killed in Nigeria after a bus collides with an oil tanker
  • 2015 Rolling Stone Magazine retracts its "Rape on Campus" story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia after being discredited
  • 2016 Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigns after the Panama Papers leak show a conflict of interest
  • 2016 San Francisco becomes the first US city to mandate paid parental leave
  • 2016 PayPal announces it is cancelling a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina after the state passes anti-gay legislation

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2020 British monarch Queen Elizabeth II makes an address to the nation “we will meet again”, for only the 5th time in her 66-year reign

Queen of the United Kingdom Elizabeth II
Queen of the United Kingdom
Elizabeth II

PandemicCOVID-19

2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from COVID-19

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Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
Burial of a coronavirus victim in Iran during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
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  • 2021 India records over 100,000 new COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown
  • 2021 Tropical Cyclone Seroja causes floods and landslides in southeast Indonesia and East Timor, killing at least 113 people according to local authorities [1]

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