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 - Douglas MacArthur
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1964: Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was chief of staff of the U.S. Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the Pacific theater during World War II, dies of biliary cirrhosis at the age of 84 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. MacArthur retired in 1937, but was recalled to active duty in 1941 as commander of U.S. Army Forces in the Far East. He eventually became supreme commander of the Southwest Pacific Area and officially accepted Japan's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. He oversaw the occupation of Japan following the war, enacting sweeping economic, political and social changes. He also led the United Nations Command in the Korean War until President Harry S. Truman removed him from command on April 11, 1951.


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