On this day: April 5

POSTED: 04:37 PM PDT Apr 02, 2013    UPDATED: 09:00 PM PDT Apr 05, 2016 

George Washington issues the first presidential veto, the greatest hits album is born, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar captures the NBA's career scoring title, and Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain kills himself, all on this day.

OTD April 5 - Oscar Wilde
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1895: Playwright Oscar Wilde loses his criminal libel case against the Marquess of Queensberry. Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, had accused Wilde of homosexual practices. The testimony at the trial led to a warrant for Wilde's arrest on charges of sodomy and gross indecency. After two more trials, Wilde was convicted and imprisoned for two years' hard labor.


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