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History Events on April 05

Dominion of Newfoundland
Dominion of Newfoundland: Ten thousand rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.


Franklin D. Roosevelt
U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens.


World War II
World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.


In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.


The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England.


World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1,300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. Their target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.


Alexios I Komnenos
Alexios I Komnenos is crowned Byzantine emperor at Constantinople, bringing the Komnenian dynasty to full power.


Battle on the Ice
During the Battle on the Ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.


Peace of Basel
Peace of Basel between France and Prussia is made.


Atlantic Southeast Airlines
An ASA EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard including Sen. John Tower and astronaut Sonny Carter.


In China, the April Fifth Movement leads to the Tiananmen Incident.


Battle of Maipú
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.


North Korea
North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmy?ngs?ng-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.


Alberto Fujimori
Alberto Fujimori, president of Peru, dissolves the Peruvian congress by military force.


Jacob Roggeveen
The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.


2000 UEFA Cup semi-final violence
2000 UEFA Cup semi-final violence: Four Galatasaray fans are arrested for the stabbings to death of two Leeds United fans.


Cuban Revolution
Cuban Revolution: Fidel Castro declares himself at war with Cuban President Fulgencio Batista.


Communist Party of India
In India, Communists win the first elections in united Kerala and E. M. S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first Chief Minister.


Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna win the general elections in a landslide and S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike is sworn in as the Prime Minister of Ceylon.


American Civil War
American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.


Ripple Rock
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.


Statute of Anne
The Statute of Anne receives the royal assent establishing the Copyright law of the United Kingdom.


Shimazu Tadatsune
Daimy? (Lord) Shimazu Tadatsune of the Satsuma Domain in southern Ky?sh?, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ry?ky? Kingdom in Okinawa.


Vietnam War
Vietnam War: Massive antiwar demonstrations occur in many U.S. cities.


Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna
In Sri Lanka, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna launches a revolt against the United Front government of Sirimavo Bandaranaike.


Cold War
Cold War: Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".


Habsburg Netherlands
Two hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces.


Jess Willard
Boxing challenger Jess Willard knocks out Jack Johnson in Havana, Cuba to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World.


Kleisoura, Kastoria
World War II: Two hundred seventy inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.


Rugby league
The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.


Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.


In Japan, the Akashi Kaiky? Bridge opens to traffic, becoming the longest bridge span in the world.


Lothair I
Lothair I is crowned King of Italy by Pope Paschal I.


George Washington
United States President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.


History of Libya under Muammar Gaddafi
Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.


Twenty-nine coal miners are killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.
Peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Su?i? are killed on the Vrbanja Bridge in Sarajevo, becoming the first casualties of the Bosnian War.
Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle discotheque in West Berlin, Germany.
The US Supreme Court rules that congressional legislation that diminished the size of the Sioux people's reservation thereby destroyed the tribe's jurisdictional authority over the area in Rosebud Sioux Tribe v. Kneip.
Cold War: Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for spying for the Soviet Union.
A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.
Soviet troops end their year-long occupation of the Danish island of Bornholm.
Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.
Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.
Royal Entry of Charles V into Rome: The last Roman triumph.
The second Fatimid invasion of Egypt begins, when the Fatimid heir-apparent, al-Qa'im bi-Amr Allah, sets out from Raqqada at the head of his army.