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Today in History — April 5

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Thursday, April 5, the 95th day of 2007. 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, “All power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

In 1887, in Tuscumbia, Ala., teacher Anne Sullivan taught her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, the word “water” as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.

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

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 1986, an American soldier and a Turkish woman were killed in the bombing of a West Berlin discotheque, an incident which prompted the U.S. air raid on Libya more than a week later.

In 1987, Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime time TV debut by airing the premiere episodes of “Married ... With Children” and “The Tracey Ullman Show” three times each.

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

Five years ago: U.S. mediator Anthony Zinni met with Yasser Arafat at the Palestinian leader’s besieged West Bank headquarters on the bloodiest day of fighting since the beginning of Israel’s week-old military offensive. The coffin of The Queen Mother Elizabeth was carried through the heart of London on a gun carriage as Britain honored the woman whose life spanned a tumultuous century of upheaval and change.

One year ago: Duke University’s lacrosse coach resigned and the school canceled the rest of the season amid a burgeoning scandal involving allegations that three players on the highly ranked team had raped a stripper at an off-campus party. (The rape charges were later dropped, but the players still face allegations of sexual offense and kidnapping; all maintain their innocence.) Katie Couric announced she was leaving NBC’s “Today” show to become anchor of “The CBS Evening News.” Singer Gene Pitney was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales; he was 66.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Gale Storm is 85. Movie producer Roger Corman is 81. Country music producer Cowboy Jack Clement is 76. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 70. Country singer Tommy Cash is 67. Actor Michael Moriarty is 66. Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 65. Actor Max Gail is 64. Actress Jane Asher is 61. Singer Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) is 57. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 55. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 41. Country singer Troy Gentry is 40. Singer Paula Cole is 39. Country singer Pat Green is 35. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 34.

Thought for Today: “I realized a long time ago that a belief which does not spring from a conviction in the emotions is no belief at all.” — Evelyn Scott, American author (1893-1963).