On This Day In History, 5 April


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World Events Today

  • The Mayflower, the ship that transported the first Pilgrims to the United States in 1620, set off on its return voyage to England today in 1621
  • Due to ill health, Winston Churchill resigned as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom today in 1955, he was succeeded by Anthony Eden
  • Just 3 days after Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, the British government dispatched a naval task force today in 1982, it included the Aircraft carriers HMS Invincible and Hermes

Entertainment Events Today

  • Antwerp, was officially declared the host city for the 1920 Summer Olympics today in 1919, it would be the first Olympics since the beginning of World War I
  • The Beatles were presented with their first silver disc today in 1963, it was for achieving sales of more than 250,000 copies of their single, Please Please Me
  • Episode one of Series one of Steve Irwin’s The Crocodile Hunter, appeared on television today in 1997 on the Animal Planet channel

Family Events Today

  • The Abba star Agnetha Fältskog was born today in 1950 in Småland, Sweden
  • The American actor Charlton Heston, who starred in many movies, including Ben-Hur and Planet of the Apes, died today in 2008 aged 84
  • The English darts player Eric Bristow, 5 time World Champion, better known as “The Crafty Cockney”, died today in 2018 aged 60

Main Event Today

  • The Sugar Act 1764 was passed by the British Parliament today in 1764, it was a further catalyst to the already growing movement, that became the American Revolution

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Caramel Day

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