What happened this day in history April 5

What are the important events that happened on April 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

April 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

April 5 is the 96th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 270 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Friday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is March 23, 2024 – a Friday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,712,275,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘enneacontahexagon’ day.

Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 299 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 4,123 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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April 5 Historical Events

  • 1242
    During a battle on the ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
  • 1722
    The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
  • 1792
    U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.
  • 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, is opened in Birkenhead.
  • 1904
    The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1932
    Dominion of Newfoundland: 10,000 rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
  • 1946
    Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.
  • 1955
    Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
  • 1991
    An ASA EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard.

Who were born on April 5?

  • 1869
    Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1912
    István Örkény, Hungarian author (d. 1979)
  • 1922
    Christopher Hewett, British actor (d. 2001)
  • 1929
    Ivar Giaever, Norwegian physicist, Nobel laureate
  • 1933
    Frank Gorshin, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1951
    Bernie Ward, former American radio personality and convicted sex offender
  • 1954
    Stan Ridgway, American musician (Wall of Voodoo)
  • 1972
    Paul Okon, Australian footballer
  • 1973
    Élodie Bouchez, French actress
  • 1982
    Kelly Pavlik, American boxer

Who died on April 5?

  • 1735
    William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1834
    Richard Goodwin Keats, Royal Navy admiral (b. 1757)
  • 1928
    Roy Kilner, English cricketer (b. 1890)
  • 1932
    Phar Lap, Australian Racehorse (b. 1926)
  • 1973
    John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1987
    Jan Lindblad, Swedish naturalist, writer, photographer (b. 1932)
  • 1989
    María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • 1993
    Divya Bharti, Indian Bollywood actress (b. 1974)
  • 2007
    Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2008
    Charlton Heston, American actor (b. 1923)

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