Born on this Day 5th April
1588 Thomas Hobbes
1827 Joseph Lister
1837 Algernon Charles Swinburne
1901 Spencer Tracy
1908 Bette Davis
1912 John Le Mesurier
1919 Gregory Peck
1922 Tom Finney
1929 Sir Nigel Hawthorne
1935 Peter Grant
1937 Colin Powell
1941 Dave Swarbrick
1945 Tommy Smith
1946 Jane Asher
1950 Agnetha Faltskog
1955 Janice Long
1964 Steve Beaton
Died on this Day
1981 Bob ‘The Bear’ Hite
1983 Danny Rapp
1994 Kurt Cobain
1958 American rocker Charlie Grace began his second tour in the UK.
1969 The first International Country Music Festival was held at Wembley and featured Tammy Wynette, George Jones and Conway Twitty.
1902 20 people were killed and over 200 injured when the stand at Ibrox Park in Glasgow collapsed during an England versus Scotland match.
1904 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
1988 Alan Shearer made his English Football league debut, for Southampton against Arsenal, and scored a hat trick
1993 Manchester United increased the pressure at the top of the Premier League by beating Norwich 3-1.
People & Showbiz
1895 The trial of Oscar Wilde began at the Old Bailey for alleged offences arising from his friendship with Lord Alfred Douglas, the son of the Marquess of Queensbury.
1960 ‘Ben Hur’ won a record 10 Oscars
456 St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop.
1614 In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.
1621 The Mayflower sets sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to Great Britain.
1843 Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong to be a British crown colony.
1874 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, is opened in Birkenhead.
1955 Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health.
1976 James Callaghan defeated Michael Foot in the final ballot for the leadership of the Labour Party to succeed Harold Wilson as Prime Minister.
1982 The British fleet set sail from Portsmouth for the Falklands after the invasion of the islands by the Argentinians.
1995 4 factory workers from the West Midlands won £11.1 million in the National lottery. They all left their £180 a week jobs at the factory.