On This Day

On This Day in History for June 5 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1975 48th US National Spelling Bee: Hugh Tosteson wins spelling incisor
  • 1975 United Kingdom electorate votes 67% to 33% in a referendum to remain part of the European Common Market

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1975 Egyptian president Anwar Sadat reopens Suez Canal (closed since 1967)

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • 1975 The California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA), which establishes collective bargaining for farmworkers, becomes law
  • 1976 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • 1976 After a suspected republican bombing kills 2 Protestant civilians in a pub, the Ulster Volunteer Force kill 5 civilians in a gun and bomb attack at the Chlorane Bar, North Ireland
  • 1977 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box & Annie win
  • 1977 Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

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1977 National Council of Women of Kenya led by Wangari Maathai march to Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, and plant seven trees - beginning of the Green Belt Movement

Environmentalist Wangari Maathai
Environmentalist
Wangari Maathai
  • 1979 Seychelles adopts constitution
  • 1980 Soyuz T-2 carries 2 cosmonauts to Salyut 6 space station
  • 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
  • 1982 Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle

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1984 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh's holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar

4th Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi
4th Prime Minister of India
Indira Gandhi
  • 1988 1st Children's Miracle Network Telethon raises $590,000

  • 1988 Kay Cottee sails into Sydney as 1st woman to circle globe alone
  • 1988 Longest champagne cork flight is 177'9 in NY
  • 1988 Russian Orthodox Church celebrates its 1,000th anniversary

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1990 South African troops plunder Nelson Mandela's home

Anti-apartheid activist and South African President Nelson Mandela
Anti-apartheid activist and South African President
Nelson Mandela
  • 1991 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Nobel prizeNobel Prize

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev
Soviet General Secretary
Mikhail Gorbachev
  • 1991 Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) launched
  • 1993 Liberian Charles Taylors rebellion kills 550 fugitives
  • 1993 Somali warlord Aidids murders 23 Pakistani
  • 1994 7th Children's Miracle Network Telethon

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1995 The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created

Theoretical Physicist Albert Einstein
Theoretical Physicist
Albert Einstein
  • 1996 Howard Stern Radio Show premieres in Memphis, Tennessee, on WMFS 92.9 FM
  • 1998 A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks)
  • 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
  • 2005 59th Tony Awards: Monty Python's Spamalot & Doubt win
  • 2006 Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro

  • 2007 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus
  • 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
  • 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

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2013 Nawaz Sharif is sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif
Prime Minister of Pakistan
Nawaz Sharif

Book releaseHistoric Publication

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

NSA Contractor Edward Snowden
NSA Contractor
Edward Snowden
  • 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
  • 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

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

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • 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"
  • 2021 At least 160 killed by suspected Islamist extremists in Solhan, Burkina Faso amid a deepening security crisis in the region [1]

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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

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
President of Turkey
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

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