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April 5: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Did you know that on this day, April 5, 1722, Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island?

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April 5th celebrates Read A Road Map Day & Deep Dish Pizza Day.

We’re now on the 95th day of the year, and have 269 days left.

I’m sure you’re aware that April 5th has been an important day throughout history. You may not realize how important just yet, but just wait until you check out these facts and events that all happened on this day throughout history.

Did you know that on this day in 1722, Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island? This ended 1,400 years of isolation for the island.

Keep reading for more fun & interesting facts about April 5th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on April 5 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.

2016

PayPal withdrew a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina due to the state passing anti-gay legislation.

OTD in 2016: PayPal withdrew a $3.6 million investment in North Carolina due to the state passing anti-gay legislation.

The investment was to provide 400 people jobs in Charlotte. Paypal said, “As a company that is committed to the principle that everyone deserves to live without fear of discrimination simply for being who they are, becoming an employer in North Carolina, where members of our teams will not have equal rights under the law, is simply untenable.”

2009

North Korea performed a controversial intercontinental ballistic missile test.

North Korea announced the test was a protest after United Nations Security Council condemned the country.

2009

North Korea launched the infamous Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 satellite.

While North Korea claimed the satellite reached orbit, no reputable international body managed to confirm this.

1994

Kurt Cobain from Nirvana committed suicide at age 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

OTD in 1994: Kurt Cobain from Nirvana committed suicide at age 27 by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.

1989

Dolby stereo was used for the first time on David Letterman.

1976

One hundred thousand rioters gathered at Tiananmen Square in Beijing to protest against the Chinese government.

1943

The US Air Force accidentally bombed the Belgian town of Mortsel.

The target of the air raid was the Minerva car factory, which was being used to repair German Luftwaffe planes. Disastrously, most of the bombs missed the factory by a long shot and hit Mortsel, resulting in 936 civilian casualties.

1923

The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company started selling inflatable tires from Akron, Ohio.

OTD in 1923: The Firestone Tire and Rubber Company started selling inflatable tires from Akron

1904

The first international rugby league took place in Wigan, England.

1879

The war on the Pacific began after Chile declared war with Bolivia and Peru.

The war resulted in up to 28,000 deaths and casualties.

1722

Jacob Roggeveen discovered Easter Island.

The Dutch explorer discovered the Polynesian island 1,400 miles from the coast of South America on Easter Sunday, hence the name Easter Island.

1614

American Indian princess Pocahontas married English tobacco planter, John Rolfe.

OTD in 1614: American Indian princess Pocahontas married English tobacco planter

Their marriage ensured peace between Jamestown, Virginia, and Powhatan Indians.

823 AD

Pope Paschal I crowned Lothair I as the Emperor of Italy.

Lothair I was the firstborn son of Emperor Louis the Pious and grandson of Charlemagne himself. He was just twenty-eight years old at the time.

Famous Births

Is today your birthday? If so, you share the same birthday with Pharrell Williams. Here are a few other famous people born on this day.

1999

Tessa Brooks

American

YouTuber

Tessa Brooks

Age:

24 years old

Born In:

California, USA

2001

Hunter Rowland

American

Vlogger

Hunter Rowland

Age:

22 years old

Born In:

Florida, USA

1973

Pharrell Williams

American

Record Producer

Pharrell Williams

Age:

50 years old

Born In:

Virginia, USA

1982

Hayley Atwell

British-American

Actress

Hayley Atwell

Age:

41 years old

Born In:

England, UK

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, April 5th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1967

1994

Kurt Cobain

American

Singer

Kurt Cobain

1967

1994

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain was an American singer born on February 20, 1967. He died on this day in 1994, at age 27 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Died On:

Apr 5, 1994 (Age 27)

Died In:

Washington, USA

1966

2021

Paul Ritter

English

Actor

Paul Ritter

1966

2021

Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter was an English actor born on December 20, 1966. He died on this day in 2021, at age 54 in Faversham, Kent, England, UK.

Died On:

Apr 5, 2021 (Age 54)

Died In:

England, UK

Quotes

Below you’ll find the most popular quotes people have said on April 5th throughout history.

1998

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American Memoirist

1923

It seems as if an age of genius must be succeeded by an age of endeavour; riot and extravagance by cleanliness and hard work.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

English Writer

Special Holidays

If you can spare some time today, here are some unique holidays you could get involved with.

April 5: National Read A Road Map Day
United States

National Read A Road Map Day

Navigation has become a breeze in modern times. We simply key in our destination and allow our Sat Nav to direct us. Today is Read A Road Map Day, so it’s time to ditch the devices and go on a fun journey using a road map instead.

April 5: National Deep Dish Pizza Day
United States

National Deep Dish Pizza Day

Pizza comes in some fantastic shapes and sizes these days, but the one that will always have a place in our hearts (and thighs) is deep dish pizza. Thankfully some genius came up with Deep Dish Pizza Day so that we have an excuse to gorge ourselves on gorgeous deep dish pizza!

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

In 1325, two Italian city states fought over a bucket, which resulted in 2,000 deaths. It started when two soldiers stole a bucket from a well from the city center.

Birthday & Zodiac

Everyone who was born on April 5 shares the same zodiac sign, Aries.

If you are an Aries, just know that it’s a good idea sometimes to slow down. Being supercharged gives you many advantages in life, but take time to play with your energy and find some balance.

People born in April all have the Diamond birthstone. Diamond symbolizes divine light and brilliance, and the bearer is faithful while acquiring great riches and treasures in one’s life.

If you were born on April 5th, your estimated date of conception would be July 13th in the previous year.

A baby that is conceived on April 5, 2023, will likely be due around December 27, 2023.

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