Historical Events for 5th April 2024

1895 – Oscar Wilde loses libel case against Marquess of Queensberry, who accused him of homosexual practices
1927 – Johnny Weissmuller sets world records in both the 100m and 200m free style swimming events
1946 – 100th Grand National: Capt. Robert Petre wins aboard 25/1 shot Lovely Cottage; first true GN since 1940 due to World War II; last on a Friday
1956 – Ceylon’s Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP), led by S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike wins the general elections in a landslide
1965 – 37th Academy Awards: “My Fair Lady”, Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) and Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win
1990 – NY Rangers beat NY Islanders 2-1 in 1st game of preliminary
1994 – Miami Heat beat NY Knicks ending 15 game NBA winning streak
2012 – A three-run homer by J.P. Arencibia off Jairo Asencio gives the Toronto Blue Jays a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians; 16 inning game duration a MLB Opening Day record
2012 – International internet group Anonymous hack several Chinese bureaus in opposition to censorship
2021 – India records over 100,000 new daily COVID cases for the first time, more than half in the state of Maharashtra, which begins a new lockdown

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