Lost and Found – April 5th Edition

What to remember about April 5th…

  • 1614  John Rolfe of Jamestown, Virginia marries Matoaka “Pocahontas”, daughter of chief of Powhatan Indian confederacy
  • 1774  Writing from London, Benjamin Franklin publishes satirical work “An Open Letter to Lord North”; government unfortunately liked the ideas
  • 1792  Presidential veto is exercised for 1st time; Washington vetoes bill on apportionment of representatives he considers unconstitutional
  • 1862  Union forces land behind Confederate lines on James Peninsula to begin Siege of Yorktown in Virginia
  • 1922  American Birth Control League is incorporated in New York by Margaret Sanger; later reformed into Planned Parenthood
  • 1933  President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 6102 criminalizing possession of more than $100 in gold currency
  • 1951   Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for their roles in running a spy ring and passing nuclear secrets to the Soviets
  • 1955  Winston Churchill retires as Prime Minister; remains in Parliament until 1964
  • 1986  Libyan terrorists bomb West Berlin Discotheque killing 3 and wounding 230; U.S. planes will bomb Triploi in response on April 15
  • 1994  Pop rock icon and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain commits suicide in Seattle, Washington (b. 1967); many fans blame his wife Courtney Love
  • 2008  Tough-guy actor, civil rights proponent, and NRA president Charlton Heston dies (b. 1923)

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