April 5 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts
April 5 History Highlights
April 5 is…
Deep Dish Pizza Day
First Contact Day
Raisin and Spice Bar Day
Read a Road Map Day
April 5 Birthday Quotes
“Happiness is not about the trophy or the finish line. It’s the journey. If you enjoy your journey, you can enjoy your life.”
“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.”
“I can only show what I have received from the characters. That’s what’s scary because you’re never going to be everyone’s taste and you don’t want to let people down. But, I can only do what I can do.”
“Don’t wait for the stars to align, reach up and rearrange them the way you want… create your own constellation.”
“It’s better to be hated for who you are than to be loved for someone you’re not. It’s a sign of your worth sometimes if you’re hated by the right people.”
“I don’t think of myself as being funny. But life takes strange turns.”
April 5 Birthdays
|1827 – Joseph Lister, English physician (died in 1912)
1856 – Booker T. Washington, African-American educator, essayist and historian (died in 1915)
1883 – Walter Huston, Canadian-American actor and singer (died in 1950)
1900 – Spencer Tracy, American actor (died in 1967)
1908 – Bette Davis, American actress (died in 1989)
1909 – Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer, co-founded Eon Productions (died in 1996)
1916 – Gregory Peck, American actor (died in 2003)
1917 – Robert Bloch, American author (died in 1994)
1920 – Arthur Hailey, English-Canadian author (died in 2004)
1922 – Gale Storm, American actress and singer (died in 2009)
1933 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (died in 2005)
1937 – Colin Powell, American general and politician, 65th United States Secretary of State
1962 – Lana Clarkson, American actress (died in 2003)
1963 – Arthur Adams, American comic book artist and writer
1972 – Krista Allen, American actress
1973 – Pharrell Williams, American singer, songwriter and producer
1984 – Marshall Allman, American actor
1989 – Lily James, English actress
2001 – Thylane Blondeau, French model and actress
April 5 History
1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe.
1621 – The Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, Massachusetts on a return trip to England.
1722 – On Easter Sunday, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovered a Polynesian Island 1400 miles from the coast of South America and named it Easter Island.
1753 – The British Museum was founded with the purchase of the 50,000 volume library of Sir Hans Sloane and his collection of 69,352 items of nature and art.
1915 – Challenger Jess Willard knocked out Jack Johnson in Havana, Cuba to become the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World.
1922 – The American Birth Control League, the forerunner of Planned Parenthood, was incorporated.
1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company began production of balloon-type tires.
1933 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of Gold Coin, Gold Bullion, and Gold Certificates” by U.S. citizens.
1936 (Tornado) Tupelo, Mississippi
1949 – Fireside Theater debuted on NBC.
1975 – #1 Hit April 5, 1975 – April 11, 1975: Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You
1987 – FOX debuted two shows, Married… with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show.
1991 – Katie Couric was designated a co-host of the Today Show.
1994 – Lead Singer of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain committed suicide, and was found three days later.
1996 – A Thin Line Between Love and Hate and Primal Fear were released in theaters.
1997 – The Crocodile Hunter premiered on Animal Planet
2002 – National Lampoon’s Van Wilder debuted in theaters.
2006 – The first case of H5N1 avian flu was confirmed in the UK after tests on a dead swan found in Cellardyke, Fife.
2008 – #1 Hit April 5, 2008 – April 11, 2008: Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love
2012 – Scandal premiered on ABC
2013 – Penn & Teller were honored with the 2,494th star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their achievement in the category of Live Performance.
2013 – Evil Dead was released in theaters.
Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts
|Thanks to action movies, I am unnecessarily suspicious of black or white unmarked vans.
Income tax was first introduced in England in 1799 by British Prime Minister, William Pitt.
TV Quotes… “Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” (Arnold Drummond) on “Diff’rent Strokes”
The Scary Statistic: Earthquake odds: 1-in-131,890
What to do: Life in a hot air balloon can be fun.
A group of Camels is called a Caravan or Train or Flock.
I wish there was a movie called “Three” so when I go see it by myself I can order my ticket – “One to ‘Three’ for 5 o’clock”
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” – Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) #moviequotes
“Either” can be pronounced either way.
The Biggest film of 1926: Aloma of the South Seas (Drama) earned ~ $3,000,000
TV Quotes… “Good grief” (Charlie Brown) on “Peanuts” specials
I am tied for the world record for the fewest summit attempts of Mt. Everest.
The average secretary’s left-hand does 56% of the typing.
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