Today in History, English
Today in History, English

39001April 4Holiday and observancePeace Day (Angola)
39002April 5Event823 – Lothair I is crowned King of Italy by Pope Paschal I.
39003April 5Event1081 – Alexios I Komnenos is crowned Byzantine emperor at Constantinople, bringing the Komnenian dynasty to full power.
39004April 5Event1242 – During the Battle on the Ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
39005April 5Event1536 – Royal Entry of Charles V into Rome: The last Roman triumph.
39006April 5Event1566 – 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 Netherlands. The Inquisition is suspended and a del
39007April 5Event1609 – Daimyo (Lord) Shimazu Tadatsune of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
39008April 5Event1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
39009April 5Event1621 – The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England.
39010April 5Event1710 – The Statute of Anne receives the Royal Assent establishing the Copyright law of the United Kingdom.
39011April 5Event1722 – The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
39012April 5Event1792 – United States President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.
39013April 5Event1804 – High Possil meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
39014April 5Event1818 – 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.
39015April 5Event1847 – Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park in Britain, is opened in Birkenhead.
39016April 5Event1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
39017April 5Event1879 – Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
39018April 5Event1900 – Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.
39019April 5Event1904 – The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
39020April 5Event1915 – Boxing challenger Jess Willard knocks out Jack Johnson in Havana, Cuba to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World.
39021April 5Event1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.
39022April 5Event1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.
39023April 5Event1932 – Alcohol prohibition in Finland ends. Alcohol sales begin in Alko liquor stores.
39024April 5Event1932 – Dominion of Newfoundland: Ten thousand rioters seize the Colonial Building leading to the end of self-government.
39025April 5Event1933 – 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.
39026April 5Event1936 – Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak: An F5 tornado kills 233 in Tupelo, Mississippi.
39027April 5Event1942 – 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 o
39028April 5Event1943 – 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 th
39029April 5Event1944 – World War II: Two hundred seventy inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
39030April 5Event1945 – Cold War: Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito signs an agreement with the Soviet Union to allow "temporary entry of Soviet troops into Yugoslav territory".

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