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Notable Historical Events for April 5th

1955Winston Churchill resigns as British PM, Anthony Eden succeeds him

1984Kareem Abdul-Jabbar breaks Wilt Chamberlain's all-time career scoring record of 31,419 points (31,421)

1954Elvis Presley records his debut single "That's All Right"

196537th Academy Awards - "My Fair Lady", Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews win

1976Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen" premieres in London

1967'76er Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record of 41 rebounds

1242Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice

1923Firestone Co put their inflatable tires into production

1895Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices

1990Paul Newman wins a court victory over Julius Gold, to keep giving all profits from Newman foods to charity

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Notable Birthdays on April 5th

1856Booker Taliaferro Washington, pioneer educator (1st black on US stamp)

1923Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnam President (1965-75)

1588Thomas Hobbes, Westport England, philosopher (Leviathan)

1950Agnetha Fältskog [Anna Ulvaeus], Swedish singer (ABBA)

1947Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines (2001-2010) in San Juan Philippines

1937Colin Powell, Bronx NY, general/asst to president (Nat Sec Affairs)

1916Gregory Peck, La Jolla California, actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur)

1908(Ruth Elizabeth) Bette Davis, Lowell Mass, US actress (Of Human Bondage, Jezebel)

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Notable Weddings on April 5th

1999Talk show host Wayne Brady (26) weds dancer Mandie Taketa

1955Musician Ray Charles (24) weds Della Beatrice Howard

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Notable Deaths on April 5th

1997Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

1992Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

2005Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

1994Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

1964Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

2008Charlton Heston, American Actor, dies at 84

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