CCA April 5th Summit lands on a very important day in history

According to On This Day, The People History and Wikipedia, many important historical events have happened on 5th April – including the wedding of Pocahontas (pictured) in 1614.

Community Colleges Australia is about to add one more: our second annual 2022 National Adult and Community Education (ACE) Summit.

Make this day special in your life and join us online in the morning of 5th April 2022. Register directly through our Delegate Connect broadcast site (recommended browser is Google Chrome).


456 Saint Patrick (think “St Patricks Day”) returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop

823 Pope Peschalis I crowns Lotharius I as co-emperor of France

1058 Bishop Giovanni "Minchus" ["the thin"] elected as Anti-Pope Benedict X

1242 Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice

1424 Scottish King James I returns to Scotland after 18 years of detention at the English court

1566 200 Brussel nobles offer Margaretha of Parma a petition

1588 Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (Leviathan), born in Westport, England

1603 New English King James I (James VI of Scotland) departs Edinburgh for London

1609 Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyūshū, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryūkyū Kingdom in Okinawa

1614 Native American (First Nations) princess Pocahontas (pictured), who was daughter of chief Powhatan, marries English colonist John Rolfe

1621 Mayflower sails from Plymouth on a return trip to England

1649 Elihu Yale, English merchant and philanthropist (benefactor of Yale University), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1721)

1698 Georg Gottfried Wagner, German composer, born in Mühlberg, Saxony, Germany (d. 1756)

1722 Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen is the first European to discover Easter Island / Rapa Nui in the southeastern Pacific

1751 Adolf Frederik of Holstein-Gottorp crowns himself king of Sweden

1762 British take Grenada, West Indies, from French

1764 British Parliament passes the Sugar Tax on the American colonies, introduced by Prime Minister George Grenville

1768 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC)

1792 George Washington casts 1st presidential veto (click here for a listing of all 2584 vetoes by US Presidents since then)

1803 1st performance of Ludwig van Beethoven's 2nd Symphony in D, conducted by the composer, in Vienna

1806 Isaac Quintard patents apple cider

1847 Birkenhead Park, the first civic public park, opens in Birkenhead, England, designed by Joseph Paxton

1856 Booker T. Washington, American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, born in Hale's Ford, Virginia (d. 1915)

1865 Battle at Amelia Springs, Jetersville Virginia (Appomattox Campaign, US Civil War)

1874 Johann Strauss Jr's opera "Die Fledermaus" premieres in Vienna

1879 Chile declares war on Bolivia and Peru, starting the War of the Pacific.

1882 Don Blackie, Australian cricketer (Australian off-spinner 1928-29), born in Bendigo, Australia (d. 1955)

1887 Anne Sullivan teaches the word "water" to Helen Keller

1900 Spencer Tracy, American actor (Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib), born in Milwaukee (d. 1967)

1901 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 1981)

1904 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.

1906 Mount Vesuvius erupts and devastates towns in the Naples province, killing more than 100 people

1908 (Ruth Elizabeth) "Bette" Davis, American actress (Of Human Bondage; Jezebel; All About Eve), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1989)

1916 Gregory Peck, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird, MacArthur), born in San Diego, California (d. 2003)

1919 Antwerp is officially declared the host city for the Games of the 7th Olympiad to be conducted in 1920; first post WWI Olympics

1926 Roger Corman, American producer and director (Little Shop of Horrors), born in Detroit, Michigan

1927 Johnny Weissmuller set records in 100 & 200 metre free style

1932 Racehorse Phar Lap is found dead

1937 Colin Powell, American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), born in Harlem, New York City (d. 2021)

1938 Mal Colston, Australian educator and politician, born (d. 2003)

1939 Alexander Gretchaninov's 5th Symphony premieres at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia with Leopold Stowkowski conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra

1941 San Francisco Castro & Fillmore streetcars replaced by buses

1942 Japanese bombers begin to attack the port of Colombo, just prior to the battle of the Coral Sea

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

1945 World War II: Dutch city of Almelo is freed by the Second Canadian Corps

1951 Julius & Ethel Rosenberg, atomic spies, sentenced to death

1951 "A Place in the Sun", film adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy", directed by George Stevens, starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France

1953 John Buchanan, Australian cricketer (QLD batsman 78-79, Shield coach 1995), born in Ipswich, Queensland

1955 Anthony Eden succeeds Winston Churchill as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (illustrated in the Netflix series The Crown)

1958 Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest ever non-nuclear controlled explosions

1961 Barbra Streisand appears on "Jack Paar Show"

1962 St Bernard Tunnel finished-Swiss/Italians workers shake hands

1963 Beatles receive their 1st silver disc (Please Please Me)

1965 37th Academy Awards: Rex Harrison (My Fair Lady) & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

1967 '76er Wilt Chamberlain sets National Basketball Association (NBA) record of 41 rebounds

1969 Massive USA anti-Vietnam War demonstrations occur in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and other major cities; in Washington alone were believed to be over 250,000 in protest

1976 Harold Wilson resigns as James Callaghan becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

2008 Charlton Heston, who won an Oscar for his starring role in Ben-Hur, dies, age 84, at home in Beverly Hills; he also played Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in Hollywood movies

2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted to hospital suffering from COVID-19

2022 Community Colleges Australia second national Adult and Community Education Summit held online

2022 (likely) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls for the dissolution of Parliament and a national election to be held in May

2063 Earth's 1st contact with the extra-terrestrial Vulcan species in the Star Trek universe

2173 Harcourt Fenton "Harry" Mudd, New Amsterdam, Arcturus (Star Trek)

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