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5 Apr, 1987 - U.S.A. Fox Broadcasting
5th April, 1987 : Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut with Its first prime time shows, starting on Sunday nights beginning April 5, 1987,
A comedy about a dysfunctional family (Married... with Children - which aired for 11 seasons )
A variety series (The Tracey Ullman Show). Which spawned the longest-running sitcom and animated series in U.S. history: The Simpsons Find More What happened in 1987.
5 Apr, 1933 - U.S.A. Gold Compulsorily Purchased
5th April, 1933 : President Franklin Roosevelt signs "United States Executive Order 6102" which prohibited the "hoarding" of privately held gold coins and bullion in the United States. The government required holders of significant quantities of gold to sell their gold at the prevailing price of $20.67 per ounce. Shortly after this forced sale, the price of gold from the treasury for international transactions was raised to $35 an ounce.
5 Apr, 1936 - Tornadoes strike Tupelo, Mississippi and Gainesville, Georgia
5th April, 1936 : Two small towns in Tupelo, Mississippi and Gainesville, Georgia are devastated by tornadoes, killing 200 people in one of the deadliest spates of tornadoes in United States history. A total of 466 people were killed over four days of nearly continuous twisters. Another 3,500 people were injured.
5 Apr, 1951 - U.S.A. Rosenberg's Trial
5th April, 1951 : At the end of the trial against the Rosenberg's for giving the secrets to the Atomic Bomb to the Soviet Union, death sentences are imposed against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg when found guilty of conspiring to transmit atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.
5 Apr, 1955 - UK Sir Winston Churchill Retires
5th April, 1955 : Sir Winston Churchill, the 80 year old British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, retires as prime minister of Great Britain.
5 Apr, 1969 - U.S.A. Anti Vietnam Demonstrations
5th April, 1969 : One of the greatest coordinated demonstrations in modern times starts on this weekend against US involvement in Vietnam with demonstrations in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other major cities. Just in Washington alone were believed to be over 250,000 in protest at the Vietnam War.
5 Apr, 1970 - Guatemala Count Karl von Spreti
5th April, 1970 : West Germany's Count Karl von Spreti the ambassador to Guatemala is kidnapped and shot dead.
5 Apr, 1976 - U.S.A. Howard Hughes
5th April, 1976 : One of the world's richest men, eccentric American billionaire Howard Hughes dies at the age of 70. He had spent the last 20 years living as a recluse in hotel penthouses around the world.
5 Apr, 1976 - UK James Callaghan
5th April, 1976 : Britain's new Prime Minister, James Callaghan, arrives in Downing Street for his first day in office.
5 Apr, 1986 - Bomb Exploded In Berlin Disco
5th April, 1986 : A bomb is exploded in the crowded La Belle disco in Berlin, Germany, killing two and injuring at least 120. This follows a bomb planted earlier that wrecked a German-Arab club in the city and injured seven Arabs. The West German foreign minister, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, said a special group would be set up to investigate the possible involvement of a foreign country in the attack and 10 days later, the US government retaliated by bombing Libya killing at least 60 people.
5 Apr, 1988 - Hijack Kuwait Airways Jumbo Jet
5th April, 1988 : The hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet have released 24 women passengers and one man with a heart condition after landing in Iran.
5 Apr, 1992 - U.S.A. Abortion Rights Activists March
5th April, 1992 : The abortion rights activists march and demonstration in Washington, D.C. attracts several hundred thousand people who are concerned that the high court, with its conservative majority may overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion legal.
5 Apr, 1994 - U.S.A. Kurt Cobain
5th April, 1994 : Modern rock icon Kurt Cobain lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the rock band Nirvana commits suicide with a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
5 Apr, 1999 - Libya Gives Up Wanted Terrorists for Pan Am Flight 103
5th April, 1999 : Libya surrendered two suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland to a U.N. representative.
5 Apr, 2001 - England Illegal Immigrants
5th April, 2001 : A Dutch lorry driver is sentenced to 14 years in prison for his part in the deaths of 58 Chinese illegal immigrants found during a routine search at Dover Ferry Port Last June.
5 Apr, 2006 - U.S.A. Katie Couric
5th April, 2006 : Katie Couric announced she was leaving NBC's "Today" show to become anchor of "The CBS Evening News."
5 Apr, 2008 - U.S.A. Charlton Heston dies
5th April, 2008 : Charlton Heston, who won an Oscar for his starring role in Ben-Hur, has died. He was aged 84. Heston died at his home in Beverly Hills. His wife Lydia, whom he married in 1944, was at his side. Heston has played Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in Hollywood movies of the 1950's
5 Apr, 2009 - North Korea Launches Rocket
5th April, 2009 : North Korea launches the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 experimental communications satellite raising concerns that North Korea is now capable of the technology that could be used in the future to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. North Korea is still involved in nuclear activities related to a ballistic missile program.
5 Apr, 2009 - Obama calls for a nuclear weapon-free world
5th April, 2009 : Barack Obama calls for a purge on the world's nuclear weapons. His warnings of proliferation were accompanied by the possibility of nuclear-armed terrorists. He unveiled a plan to cut stockpiles, curtail testing, choke fissile production and secure loose nuclear material. "As the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act," he said. His speech was warmly received.
5 Apr, 2009 - Media can film U.S. military’s dead being returned home
5th April, 2009 : Media has filmed the return of dead U.S. soldiers for the first time since the eighteen-year ban on coverage was lifted. Reporters were allowed to witness the ceremony marking the return of the body of Air Force Staff Sergeant Phillip Myers, with the permission of his family. Sergeant Myers was killed by an improvised explosive device near Helmand province on April 4th.
5 Apr, 2010 - U.S. Consulate in Peshawar is attacked
5th April, 2010 : At least seven people have died after militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Peshawar. Several explosions were reported near the consulate, and some of the area's other buildings collapsed. A subsequent gun battle between the police and attackers occurred after the explosions, and eleven people were killed in those. One of Pakistan's main Taliban factions has said it carried out the attack. The raid came a few hours after forty-three people had been killed in a suicide attack about fifty miles north-east of Peshawar. That bomber had targeted a crowded rally that was being held by a Pashtun nationalist party in Timergara.
5 Apr, 2010 - Toyota Fined $16 million for Brake Problem
5th April, 2010 : The Department of Transportation has asked Toyota to pay a fine of $16.4m for withholding information on faulty accelerator pedals. The Department has said that the company had failed to notify it about the flaws 'in a timely way.' The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration has said that documents provided by Toyota have shown that the car maker knew about the defect in September 2009. It was reports of problems with the pedals that prompted the recall that took place in January. Toyota will have two weeks to appeal against the penalty. Under federal regulations, automakers are required to inform the agency within five days of determining that a safety defect exists.
5 Apr, 2010 - West Virginia Mine Explosion
5th April, 2010 : An explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, Raleigh County, West Virginia kills 29 miners and leaves several missing. This is the deadliest mining accident in the U.S. in at least 35 years.
5 Apr, 2010 - Pakistan Bombing Attacks Leave 50 Dead
5th April, 2010 : Coordinated bombings by Taliban militants at the U.S. consulate in Peshawar and at a ruling party rally in the Pakistani North-West Frontier Province kills fifty people and injures one hundred.
5 Apr, 2012 - Fire at Nuclear Reactor in Northern France
5th April, 2012 : Two small fires broke out at a reactor at the Penly site in Northern France but were quickly contained as ten fire engines were sent and the reactor was shut down. Hot oil that leaked from a pump inside of the reactor was what caused the fires according to a spokeswoman for the energy company.
5 Apr, 2013 - South Korea Deploys War Ships
5th April, 2013 : South Korean military officials announced that they would be deploying two war ships, one on the east coast and one on the west coast of the country. The ships are equipped with missile defense systems and were the latest response to North Korea's increasingly hostile actions and statements.
5 Apr, 2014 - Afghanistan Holds Historic Election
5th April, 2014 : The first election that would feature a transfer of power via voting was held in war-torn Afghanistan. There were eight different candidates hoping to win the election and succeed Hamid Karzai who was banned by the country's constitution from running for a third term.
Born This Day In History 5th April
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Spencer Bonaventure Tracy 5th April 1900 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 10th
1967 Los Angeles, California, United States
Known For :
Spencer Tracy one of the Actors of All Time, His record of nine Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor and winning two Manuel Fidello in "Captains Courageous" (1937
) and as Father Flanagan in "Boys Town" (1938). In all he made more than 70 movies including Northwest Passage, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Father of the Bride, The Old Man and the Sea. His final movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" starring Spencer Tracy, Sidney Poitier and Katharine Hepburn, he died shortly after filming and before the movie was released. Many of best movies were made opposite his friend and sometimes lover Katharine Hepburn. They had an off screen relationship for nearly 25 years until his death in 67, including Katharine Hepburn taking five years away from the big screen to care for Tracy while he was in failing health.