On This Day in History, Apr. 5, 2021

  • 1588 – Thomas Hobbes is born. He was an English philosopher known for his work “Leviathan.” 
  • 1614 – American Indian princess Pocahontas and daughter of chief Powhatan marries English colonist John Rolfe.
  • 1792 – George Washinton vetoes his first bill.
  • 1876 ‘Arsenal Hill’ exploded (now Capitol Hill) 
  • 1887 – Helen Keller learns w.a.t.e.r from teacher Anne Sullivan.
  • 1901 – Hattie Alexander is born.  She became a pediatrician and microbiologist who identified and studied antibiotic resistance caused by random genetic mutations in DNA. She was the first woman elected president of the American Pediatric Society.
  • 1911 – 100,000 to 500,000 people march in New York City to attend the funeral of seven unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in late March
  • 1937 – Colin Powell is born.
  • 1955 – Winston Churchill retires as prime minister.