April 5: Day of the Week
April 5, 2017 is the 95th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 270 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Wednesday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Suiyōbi.
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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Aries is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Diamond is the modern birthstone for this month. Opal is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
April 5 Historical Event(s)
- 1804High Possil Meteorite: The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil.
- 1879Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.
- 1900Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.
- 1943World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. The target is the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.
- 1944World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
- 1949A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.
- 1956Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba.
- 1986Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.
- 1991An ASA EMB 120 crashes in Brunswick, Georgia, killing all 23 aboard.
- 1999Two Libyans suspected of bringing down Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 are handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.
Who were born on April 5?
- 1832Jules Ferry, French statesman (d. 1893)
- 1871Mirko Seljan, Croatian explorer (d. 1912)
- 1901Melvyn Douglas, American actor (d. 1981)
- 1933Larry Felser, American sports columnist
- 1944Pedro Rossello, Puerto Rican politician
- 1949John Berg, American actor (d. 2007)
- 1955Akira Toriyama, Japanese manga artist
- 1956Diamond Dallas Page, American professional wrestler
- 1973Tony Banks, American football player
- 1984Shin Min-a, South Korean model and actress
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