Thursday, April 5, 2012

5th of April

Today is the 95th day of the year, with only 270 days remaining until the end of the year.

1614 - In Virginia, Native American Pocahantas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1621 - The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.

1722 - The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.

1792 - President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.

1900 - Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.

1923 - Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.

1933 - President Franklin Roosevelt signs executive order 6102, "forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates" by U.S. citizens.

1943 - American bmober aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of Belgian town of Mortsel.

1951 - Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for performing espionage for the Soviet Union.

1955 - Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.

1956 - Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba.

1976 - In the People's Republic of China, the Movement on this date leads to the famous Tiananmen incident.

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