On This Day

What Happened on June 5

Important Events

  • 1873 Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania
  • 1947 US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Western Europe
  • 1963 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested
  • 1967 Six-Day War begins between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria
  • 1968 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times, who dies the next day. and wounds 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California
  • 1981 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • 1981 World's first today in history program with editable data "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer
  • 1984 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar
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Jun 5 in Film & TV

  • 1987 "Nightline" presents its 1st "Town Meeting" the subject is AIDS & the show runs until 3:47 AM

Jun 5 in Music

Jun 5 in Sport

  • 1985 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby

Did You Know?

Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its 1,000th anniversary

On June 5, 1988

Would You Believe?

Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia

On June 5, 1876

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • 2009 "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (27) divorces actor Josh Janowicz (27) after three years of marriage
  • 2012 NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

More Weddings & Divorces