April 5, 1937: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was born in The Bronx. A four-star general in the United States Army, he was also the first African-American to serve as Secretary of State.
ESPIONAGE IN THE CITY
On April 5, 1951: New York natives Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were found guilty of espionage for passing nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union. They were the only two Americans to be executed for espionage-related activity during the Cold War. On June 19, 1953 the Rosenbergs were executed at Sing Sing Correctional Facility by electrocution.
COMMERCE IN A CHAMBER
April 5, 1768: The New York Chamber of Commerce was founded. It was formed by a group of merchants at the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City, and it was the first of its kind in the United States.