The French novelist Gustave Flaubert once said, "Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times." Paying heed to the eminent writer let us take a look at the past and uncover the secrets hidden away in pages of the times bygone. Since history would be too much of an abstract term to delve into let us begin with April 5; it has witnessed events of mammoth significance, many of which shaped the world as it is today. In the political arena, erstwhile US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a decree banning hoarding of gold, while in Cuba Fidel Castro declared war with President Batista. Several important chapters unfolded in the World Wars on this day, and numerous landmark battles were fought across the globe throughout history, on this day. Natural and man-made disasters wreaked havoc on mankind and several advancements were made in the field of science and technology. Stay tuned to Today in History for more interesting tidbits from the annals of history.