Today in History: April 5

Today in History: April 5

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1242

Russian troops repel an invasion by Teutonic knights.

1614

Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

1792

George Washington casts the first presidential veto.

1843

Queen Victoria proclaims Hong Kong a British crown colony.

1861

Gideon Welles, the Secretary of the Navy issues official orders for the USS Powhatan to sail to Fort Sumter.

1865

As the Confederate army approaches Appomattox, it skirmishes with Union forces at Amelia Springs and Paine's Cross Road.

1908

The Japanese Army reaches Yalu River as Russians retreat.

1919

Eamon de Valera becomes president of Ireland.

1930

Mahatma Gandhi defies British law by making salt in India instead of buying it from the British.

1941

German commandos secure docks along the Danube River in preparation for Germany's invasion of the Balkans.

1943

The British 8th Army attacks the next blocking position of the retreating Axis forces at Wadi Akarit.

1951

Americans Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage.

1955

Winston Churchill resigns as British prime minister.

1986

A bomb explodes in a West Berlin disco packed with American soldiers.