Friday April 5, 2024
A date scroll with Latin text from “The Extremes of Good and Evil” by Cicero, written in 45 BC.

April 5: Day of the Week

April 5, 2024 was the 96th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 270 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Friday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is viernes.

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Here’s the April calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

April 2024

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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)

Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrik van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Netherlands. The Inquisition is suspended and a delegation is sent to Spain to petition Philip II.
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.
Firestone Tire and Rubber Company begins production of balloon-tires.
World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
Soviet troops leave the island of Bornholm, Denmark after an 11 month occupation.
A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.
Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
Three people are killed in the bombing of the La Belle Discothèque in West Berlin, Germany.
The Siege of Sarajevo begins when Serb paramilitaries murder peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić on the Vrbanja Bridge.
In Japan, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge linking Shikoku with Honshū and costing about $3.8 billion USD, opens to traffic, becoming the largest suspension bridge in the world.

Who were born on April 5?

Adrienne Lecouvreur, French actress (d. 1730)
Sergei Chaplygin, Russian physicist and engineer (d. 1942)
Melvyn Douglas, American actor (d. 1981)
Lord Buckley, American monologist (d. 1960)
Albert Henry Ottenweller, American bishop
Colin Powell, U.S. Army General, 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and 65th Secretary of State
Crispian St. Peters, English singer (d. 2010)
Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer (ABBA)
Paul Okon, Australian footballer
Michael A. Monsoor, American soldier (d. 2006)

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