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    This day in history

    Friday, April 5, is the 95th day of 2013. There are 270 days left in the year.

    Today’s Birthdays: Movie producer Roger Corman is 87. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is 76. Actor Michael Moriarty is 72. Pop singer Allan Clarke (the Hollies) is 71. Writer-director Peter Greenaway is 71. Actor Max Gail is 70. Actress Jane Asher is 67. Rock musician Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) is 47. Singer Paula Cole is 45. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 40.

    In 1621, the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth Colony in present-day Massachusetts on a monthlong return trip to England.


    In 1792, President George Washington cast his first veto, rejecting a congressional measure for apportioning representatives among the states.

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    In 1887, in Tuscumbia, Ala., Anne Sullivan achieved a breakthrough as her blind and deaf pupil, Helen Keller, learned the meaning of the word ‘‘water’’ as spelled out in the Manual Alphabet.

    In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death following their conviction in New York on charges of conspiring to commit espionage for the Soviet Union.

    In 1964, Army General Douglas MacArthur died in Washington at age 84.

    In 1976, reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes died in Houston at age 70.


    In 1987, Fox Broadcasting Co. made its prime-time TV debut by airing a total of three times the premiere episode of ‘‘Married . . . With Children’’ followed by ‘‘The Tracey Ullman Show.’’