Jamestown, Virginia (JFK+50) With the blessings of both the governor of Virginia and Chief Powhatan, English tobacco planter John Rolfe married the daughter of the chief, Pocahontas, 400 years ago today, April 5, 1614, here in Jamestown.
There was widespread hope in the Virginia colony that this marriage would bring peace.
Pocahontas gave birth to their first child, Thomas, in 1617, and while visiting London, died of smallpox.
The Powhatan Indian maiden is buried at the parish church of St. George in Gravesend, England.
New York City (JFK+50) Forty five years ago today, April 5, 1969, one hundred thousand anti-Vietnam War demonstrators marched in here in New York City.
The demonstrators demanded the United States withdraw from Vietnam.
The protesters included members of the National Mobilization Committee, the Student Mobilization Committee and the Socialist Workers Party.
Pacifist Quakers also held sit-ins at draft boards.
The weekend of anti-war protests ended with demonstrations and parades in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and other cities.
London, U.K. (JFK+50) Sir Winston Churchill, who led Great Britain to victory in the Second World War, resigned fifty nine years ago today, April 5, 1955, as Prime Minister.
After his retirement as PM, Churchill continued to serve in Parliament until 1964.
PRESIDENT USES VETO FOR FIRST TIME
222 years ago today, April 5, 1792, the first President of the United States used his veto power for the first time.
The Constitution of the United States gives the Chief Executive the power to veto laws passed by the Congress of the United States but until this action by George Washington that power had never been exercised.
The bill sent to him passed by both houses of Congress would have set up a new plan for dividing seats in the House of Representatives which would increase the number of seats for northern states.
The President, counseled by his cabinet, believed the legislation to be unconstitutional.
The Congress did not even attempt to override the veto but instead submitted a new bill that apportioned representatives at...
"the ratio of 1 for every 33,000 persons in the respective states".