April 5


1614 – American Indian Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

1621 – The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, MA, on a return trip to England.

1778 – Daniel Boone is taken to Detroit as a British prisoner. Native Americans take him south later and he escapes.

1792 – President George Washington cast the first presidential veto. The measure was for apportioning representatives among the states.

1806 – Isaac Quintard patented the cider mill.

1838 – Grand Rapids, MI was incorporated as a village by a state legislative act.

1858 – Near midnight, the city of Grand Rapids, MI’s only bridge, at Bridge Street, was destroyed by a wall of flames. The bridge was replaced immediately.

1887 – Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller the meaning of the word “water” as spelled out in the manual alphabet.

1892 – Walter H. Coe patented gold leaf in rolls.

1892 – In New York, NY, the Ithaca Daily Journal published an ad introducing a new 10 cent Ice Cream Specialty called a Cherry Sunday.

1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began the first regular production of balloon tires.

1933 – The first operation to remove a lung was performed at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

1949 – “Fireside Theater” debuted on television.

1949 – A fire in a hospital in Effingham, IL, killed 77 people and led to nationwide fire code improvements in the U.S.

1951 – Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for committing espionage for the Soviet Union.

1961 – Barbra Streisand makes her network TV debut singing “A Sleepin’ Bee” and “When the Sun Comes Out” on “The Tonight Show”.

1984 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, of the Los Angeles Lakers, became the all-time NBA regular season scoring leader when he broke Wilt Chamberlain’s record of 31,419 career points.

1987 – FOX Broadcasting Company launched the TV shows “Married….With Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show”. The two shows were the beginning of the FOX lineup.

1991 – An ASA EMB 120 crashed in Brunswick, GA, killing all 23 aboard including Senator John Tower and Astronaut Sonny Carter.

1993 – Construction began on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH.

1999 – In Laramie, WY, Russell Henderson pleaded guilty to kidnapping and felony murder in the death of Matthew Shepard.

2002 – Oprah Winfrey ended Oprah’s Book Club saying “It has become harder and harder to find books on a monthly basis that I feel absolutely compelled to share.”

2006 – Katie Couric confirms that she’s leaving NBC’s “Today Show” to anchor “The CBS Evening News”.



Roger Corman 1926 – Director (“The Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Masque of the Red Death”, “The Raven”, “Death Race 2000”, “The Wild Angels”, “Rock and Roll High School”, “The Children of the Corn”)

Colin Powell 1937 – U.S. Secretary of State, four-star general, Chairman of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

Michael Moriarty 1941 – Actor (“Windmills of the Gods”, “Bang the Drum Slowly”, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, “Q: The Winged Serpent”, “The Stuff”, “Pale Rider”, “Troll”, “Courage Under Fire”, “Shiloh”) Born in Detroit, MI.

Allan Clarke 1942 – Singer (The Hollies)

Maxwell Gail 1943 – Actor (TV’s “Barney Miller”)

Jane Asher 1946 – Actress (“Alfie”)

Dave Holland 1948 – Musician (Judas Priest)

Agnetha Faltskog 1950 – Singer (ABBA)

Christopher “Kid” Reid 1964 – Ex Kid ‘n Play rapper, TV host, actor (TV’s “Your Big Break”, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”, movies “House Party 13”, “Class Act”)

Mike McCready 1966 – Musician (Pearl Jam)

Paula Cole 1968 – Singer (“Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?”)

Krista Allen 1971 – Actress (TV’s “What About Brian”, “Baywatch”, “Days of Our Lives”, movie “Final Destination”)

Pharrell Williams 1973 – Rapper, TV judge (“Happy”, TV’s “The Voice”)

Sterling K. Brown 1976 – Actor (TV’s “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” miniseries, “This Is Us. Previously”, “Army Wives”)



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