April 5th

2010
In a televised rescue, 115 Chinese coal miners were freed after spending eight days trapped in a flooded mine, surviving an accident that had killed 38.
List of Fireman Sam episodes
2008
Actor Charlton Heston died at age 84.
Charlton Heston
1998
The world's largest suspension bridge opens to traffic. The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan features the world's longest central span, measuring 1991 meters (6532 feet).
Akashi Kaikyō Bridge
1987
Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut.
Fox Broadcasting Company
1986
A bomb kills 3 people at the La Belle in West Berlin. The attack on the nightclub, which was frequented by U.S. soldiers, was later blamed on the Libyan secret service. In retaliatory strikes, at least 15 people were killed in Libya.
1986 West Berlin discotheque bombing
1984
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the highest-scoring player in NBA history with 31,421 career points. (He still holds the career record with with 38,387 points.).
Mark Eaton (basketball)
1976
Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died at age 72.
Howard Hughes
1955
Winston Churchill resigns as U.K. Prime Minister. Churchill was instrumental in initiating the alliance between the U.K., the U.S., and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. His political career spanned half a century.
Winston Churchill
1951
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death. The U.S. couple was accused of passing information about nuclear weapons on to the Soviet Union. It later emerged that Ethel was not involved in her husband's activities. Both were executed in 1953.
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
1908
Actress Bette Davis was born in Lowell, Mass.
Bette Davis
1895
Oscar Wilde loses his criminal libel case triggered by accusations of homosexuality. The Marquess of Queensbury had left his calling card in the Albemarle club with the added inscription, “For Oscar Wilde posing Somdomite” (sic).
Oscar Wilde
1879
Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
War of the Pacific
1874
Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, designed by Joseph Paxton, opens in Birkenhead, England.
Birkenhead Park
1856
Black educator Booker T. Washington was born in Franklin County, Va.
Booker T. Washington
1818
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.
Battle of Maipú
1792
George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.
Apportionment Act of 1792
1614
Pocahontas, daughter of the leader of the Powhatan tribe, married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.
Pocahontas
1242
Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice.
Battle on the Ice