ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: APRIL 5

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2008 American actor Charlton Heston, who possessed a commanding screen presence and was best known for such films as The Ten Commandments (1956) and Planet of the Apes (1968), died in California.
Mori Yoshiro, 2001.
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.
Cobain, Kurt
1994 American grunge rocker Kurt Cobain, leader of the band Nirvana, committed suicide.
Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem
1984  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar surpassed Wilt Chamberlain as the all-time leading scorer in the National Basketball Association.
Julius Rosenberg, 1950.
1951  Julius Rosenberg and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for espionage; two years later they became the first American civilians executed for that crime.
Bette Davis in Jezebel
1908  American actress Bette Davis—whose raw unbridled intensity kept her at the top of her profession for 50 years—was born.
Booker T. Washington.
1856  American educator and reformer Booker T. Washington was born in Virginia.
Mayflower II
1621 The Mayflower departed for England after having deposited 102 Pilgrims at what became the American colony of Plymouth (Massachusetts).
Pocahontas
1614  Powhatan Indian Pocahontas married Virginia planter and colonial official John Rolfe.
Thomas Hobbes, detail of an oil painting by John Michael Wright; in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
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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