5th April

The events happened on 5th April are :

1818 : Battle of Maipú : Chile's independence movement, led by José de San Martín and Bernardo O'Higgins, won a decisive victory over Spain in the Battle of Maipú, which left 2,000 Spaniards and 1,000 Chilean patriots dead on this day in 1818.

2000 : Mori Yoshiro of the Liberal-Democratic Party became prime minister of Japan, replacing Obuchi Keizo, who had suffered a stroke earlier in the month and subsequently died.

1994 : American grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, leader of the band Nirvana, committed suicide.

1984 : Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the all-time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association.

1856 : American educator and reformer Booker T. Washington was born in Virginia.

1621 : The Mayflower departed for England after having deposited 102 Pilgrims at what became the American colony of Plymouth (Massachusetts).

1614 : Powhatan Indian Pocahontas married Virginia planter and colonial official John Rolfe.

1588 : English philosopher and political theorist Thomas Hobbes, best known for his publications on individual security and the social contract, was born.

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