On this day

The longest bridge in the world, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan was opened to traffic in 1998. Image: Wikimedia Commons

On This Day: What happened on 05 April?

We look back on this day in history and remember the people and events that shaped the world we live in today.

On this day

The longest bridge in the world, the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan was opened to traffic in 1998. Image: Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a look at what happened on this day, 05 April, throughout history. We remember the news, events, and people that influenced the course of history forever.

ON THIS DAY: 05 APRIL

2010 | Twenty-nine coal miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

2009 | On this day, North Korea launched its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite flew over mainland Japan, sparking instantaneous sentiments from the UN Security Council, as well as from nations involved in the six-party talks.

2000 | 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final violence: Four Galatasaray fans were arrested for the stabbing to death of two Leeds United fans.

1999 | Two Libyan suspected of overthrowing Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 were handed over for eventual trial in the Netherlands.

1998 | The Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan was opened to traffic, becoming the longest bridge span in the world.

1992 | Peace activists Suada Dilberovic and Olga SučiĿ were killed at the Vrbanja Bridge in Sarajevo, becoming the first casualties of the Bosnian War.

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BIRTHDAYS

1943 | Australian politician, 41st Premier of South Australia, Dean Brown.

1957 | Indian bishop, Sebastian Adayanthrath.

1952 | American author, editor, and co-host of No Agenda podcast, John C. Dvorak.

1947 | Indian-English lawyer and politician, Virendra Sharma.

ON THIS DAY: DEATHS

2017 | Italian cyclist, Attilio Benfatto, 74.

2007 | German historian and journalist, Werner Maser, 85.

2002 | North Korean composer and politician, Kim Won-gyun, 85.

2016 | Turkish footballer, Koço KasapoĿlu, 80

2019 | South African biologist, Sydney Brenner, 92.

2011 | American physician and geneticist,  Baruch Samuel Blumberg, 86.

SPORTS

2019 | On this day, Mohamed Salah scored a brilliant solo goal in a 3-1 win over Southampton as Liverpool came from behind to beat Southampton at St Mary’s in a Premier League match.

ENTERTAINMENT

2015 | On this day for the first time, “If There Be Thorns” was premiered.

AFRICA FACT

On July 9, 2011, South Sudan gained independence, with a population of eight million people.