updated 4/5/2005 12:05:57 AM ET 2005-04-05T04:05:57

Today is Tuesday, April 5, the 95th day of 2005. There are 270 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 5, 1792, George Washington cast the first presidential veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.

On this date:
In 1614, American Indian princess Pocahontas married English colonist John Rolfe in Virginia.

In 1621, the “Mayflower” sailed from Plymouth, Mass., on a return trip to England.

In 1887, British historian Lord Acton wrote, “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde lost his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry, who’d accused the writer of homosexual practices.

In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union; co-defendant Morton Sobell was sentenced to 30 years in prison (he was released in 1969).

In 1964, Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84.

In 1975, nationalist Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek died at age 87.

In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 72.

In 1992, Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton died in Little Rock, Ark., at age 74.

In 1997, Allen Ginsberg, the counterculture guru who’d shattered conventions as poet laureate of the Beat Generation, died in New York City at age 70.

Ten years ago: The House of Representatives passed, 246-188, a tax-cut bill, the final major item in the Republicans’ “Contract with America.”

Five years ago: Ending a two-year investigation, an independent counsel cleared Labor Secretary Alexis Herman of allegations that she’d solicited $250,000 in illegal campaign contributions. Yoshiro Mori took over as Japan’s new prime minister, succeeding Keizo Obuchi, who’d been felled by a stroke.

One year ago: A U.S.-Canadian task force investigating the massive power blackout of Aug. 14, 2003, called for urgent approval of mandatory reliability rules to govern the electric transmission industry. Flash floods killed some three dozen people in northern Mexico. The Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzer Prizes; the Pulitzer for fiction went to Edward P. Jones for “The Known World.” The Connecticut Huskies defeated Georgia Tech 82-73 to win the men’s NCAA basketball championship. Clyde Drexler was one of six former players, coaches and team executives announced as the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gale Storm is 83. Movie producer Roger Corman is 79. Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement is 74. Impressionist-actor Frank Gorshin is 72. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 68. Country singer Tommy Cash is 65. Actor Michael Moriarty is 64. Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 63. Actor Max Gail is 62. Actress Jane Asher is 59. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is 55. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 40. Country singer Troy Gentry is 38. Singer Paula Cole is 37. Country singer Pat Green is 33. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 32.

Thought for Today: “Time was invented by Almighty God in order to give ideas a chance.” — Nicholas Murray Butler, American educator (1862-1947).

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