On This Day

Historical Events on June 5 (Part 2)

French Open Women's Tennis

1999 French Open Women's Tennis: Steffi Graf of Germany wins her 22nd and final Grand Slam title; beats Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2; Graf's 6th French singles crown

  • 2000 Armed conflict between Rwanda and Uganda erupts in Kinsangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • 2001 U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party
  • 2001 Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  • 2001 OPEC ministers agree to leave the cartel's oil production quotas unchanged for at least a month, until a scheduled emergency meeting July 3
  • 2003 A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region
  • 2004 136th Belmont: Edgar Prado aboard Birdstone wins in 2:27.50
  • 2004 French Open Women's Tennis: In an all-Russian final Anastasia Myskina wins her lone major title; beats Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-2
  • 2005 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win

French Open Men's Tennis

2005 French Open Men's Tennis: Spaniard Rafael Nadal beats Mariano Puerta of Argentina 6-7, 6-3, 6-1, 7-5 to claim his first French title

  • 2006 Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro
  • 2007 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus

Album Release

2007 Paul McCartney releases "Memory Almost Full", in US; his fourteenth solo studio album was the first release on Starbucks' Hear Music label

  • 2009 Chile officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • 2009 At least 32 people are killed in Peru during clashes between the police and indigenous protesters
  • 2010 142nd Belmont: Mike Smith riding Drosselmeyer wins in 2:31.57
  • 2010 French Open Women's Tennis: Francesca Schiavone of Italy wins her first and only Grand Slam title; beats Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-4, 7-6
  • 2011 French Open Men's Tennis: Defending champion Rafael Nadal wins his 6th French title; beats Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1
  • 2012 American gubernatorial recall election is held in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker wins and becomes the first governor to survive a recall election.
  • 2013 44 people are killed by a lightning storm in Bihar, India

Historic Event

2013 Nawaz Sharif is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Music Awards

2013 47th Country Music Association Award: George Strait, Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton win

Historic Publication

2013 The first article based on NSA leaked documents by Edward Snowden are published by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK

  • 2014 MLB Draft: Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) pitcher Brady Aiken first pick by Houston Astros
  • 2015 6.0 magnitude earthquake (strongest to affect Malaysia since 1978) strikes Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia, killing 18 people on Mount Kinabalu
  • 2016 Swiss vote to reject referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month

French Open Men's Tennis

2016 French Open Men's Tennis: Novak Đoković of Serbia beats Scotsman Andy Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 to win his first French title

  • 2017 Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt sever ties with Qatar, citing its support of terrorist groups, Yemen, the Maldives and Libya follow suit
  • 2017 Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over
  • 2017 Bus crashes with a truck in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, 22 die in resulting fire
  • 2017 Montenegro becomes the 29th member of NATO

Film & TV History

2018 Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in court in New York

Sports History

2018 American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. named 2017 top earning sportsperson by Forbes with $285 million

  • 2018 Miss America pageant announces an end to its swimsuit competition

Historic Event

2018 US President Donald Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their families violates international law according to the UN

  • 2018 US Judge Aaron Persky, criticized for his leniency towards campus sex attacker Brock Turner, firt judge voted out in 80 years in Santa Clara, California
  • 2019 Ohio doctor William Husel charged with 25 counts of murder for prescribing potentially fatal doses of opioids in Franklin County
  • 2019 Denmark general election won by Mette Frederiksen's Social Democrats, defeating sitting Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen's Liberal party
  • 2019 Average person ingests 50,000 pieces of microplastic a year and breathes in similar amount according to first-ever such study published in journal "Environmental Science and Technology"
  • 2019 53rd CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood, and Kane Brown win
  • 2021 At least 160 killed by suspected Islamist extremists in Solhan, Burkina Faso amid a deepening security crisis in the region [1]

Historic Event

2021 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promises to save the country's shores from a build-up of 'sea snot' (marine mucilage) due to pollution and climate change

  • 2021 153rd Belmont Stakes: 2-1 favourite Essential Quality wins with Luis Saez aboard