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 French then this day of the week in French is mercredi.
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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)
- 1242During a battle on the ice of Lake Peipus, Russian forces, led by Alexander Nevsky, rebuff an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.
- 1609Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa.
- 1614In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
- 1818In 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.
- 1862American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
- 1933U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs two executive orders: 6101 to establish the Civilian Conservation Corps, and 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.
- 1942World War II: The Imperial Japanese Navy launches a carrier-based air attack on Colombo, Ceylon during the Indian Ocean Raid. Port and civilian facilities are damaged and the Royal Navy cruisers HMS Cornwall and HMS Dorsetshire are sunk southwest of the island.
- 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.
- 1958Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time.
Who were born on April 5?
- 1622Vincenzo Viviani, Italian mathematician (d. 1703)
- 1901Melvyn Douglas, American actor (d. 1981)
- 1912István Örkény, Hungarian author (d. 1979)
- 1920Rafique Zakaria, Indian author (d. 2005)
- 1944Pedro Rossello, Puerto Rican politician
- 1971Dong Abay, Filipino musician and singer-songwriter
- 1976Ross Gload, American baseball player
- 1978Franziska van Almsick, German swimmer
- 1983Jorge Andrés Martínez, Uruguayan footballer
- 1990Sophia Papamichalopoulou, Cypriot skier
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