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4/5/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - April 5

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Today in History in 1621 the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth on a return trip to England; in 1887 Anne Sullivan taught “water” to Helen Keller; and in 1974 the then tallest building at 110 stories World Trade Center opened in New York City.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1242 - Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice
  • 1621 - Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England
  • 1792 - George Washington casts 1st presidential veto
  • 1803 - 1st performance of Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D
  • 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, England. Designed by Joseph Paxton
  • 1879 - Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
  • 1887 - Anne Sullivan teaches "water" to Helen Keller
  • 1923 - Firestone Co put their inflatable tires into production
  • 1954 - Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"
  • 1955 - Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him
  • 1962 - NASA civilian pilot Neil Armstrong takes X-15 to 54,600 m
  • 1974 - Then tallest building, World Trade Center opens in NYC (110 stories)
  • 1984 - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)
  • 1989 - David Letterman becomes 1st network TV series to use dolby stereo
  • 1990 - Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1622 - Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (d. 1703)
  • 1649 - Elihu Yale, England, philanthropist founded Yale
  • 1827 - Joseph Lister, England, physician (founded aseptic surgery)
  • 1856 - Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator (1st African American on US stamp)
  • 1872 - Samuel Cate Prescott, American food scientist and microbiologist (d. 1962)
  • 1900 - Spencer Tracy, Milwaukee, actor (Father's Little Dividend, Adam's Rib)
  • 1908 - (Ruth Elizabeth) Bette Davis, Lowell Mass, US actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)
  • 1916 - Gregory Peck, La Jolla California, actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur)
  • 1922 - Gale Storm, Bloomington Tx, actress (My Little Margie, Gale Storm Show)
  • 1933 - Frank Gorshin, comedian/impersonator (Riddler-Batman), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1937 - Colin Powell, Bronx NY, general/asst to president (Nat Sec Affairs)
  • 1957 - Vince Gill, Norman Oklahoma, country singer (When I Call Your Name)
  • 1973 - Pharrell Williams, American music producer (The Neptunes), born in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Famous Weddings

  • 1614 - American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe
  • 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

Famous Deaths

  • 1676 - John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
  • 1697 - Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
  • 1964 - Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84
  • 1972 - Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
  • 1992 - Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of multiple myeloma at 74
  • 1994 - Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington
  • 1997 - Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80
  • 2008 - Charlton Heston, American Actor, dies at 84
  • 2012 - Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76
  • 2014 - John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50

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