Events in History on June 5

Historic Event

70 Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem

  • 754 Friezen robbers murder Bishop Boniface (later Saint) and over 50 companions near Dokkum
  • 1257 Kraków, Poland, receives city rights.

When The Bells Rang Out For Freedom

1284 Charles of Salerno is captured by Roger of Lauria during a naval battle in the Gulf of Naples, part of the Sicilian Vespers uprising

  • 1288 Battle of Worringen: Jan I, Duke of Brabant defeats army of Archbishop Siegfried II of Cologne, one of the largest and fiercest battles of the Middle Ages
  • 1305 Archbishop Bertrand the Got of Bordeaux elected Pope Clement V
  • 1507 England and Netherlands sign trade agreement
  • 1625 Spanish troops under Spinola conquer Breda

Victory in Battle

1632 Prince Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange conquers Roermond

Historic Event

1661 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge

  • 1752 Prince William of Orange becomes Knight of Garter
  • 1794 US Congress passes the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in foreign armed forces
  • 1798 The Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated

Historic Expedition

1799 Naturalists Alexander von Humboldt and Aimé Bonpland set sail in the Pizarro from A Coruña and begin their 5 year Latin American expedition

  • 1805 1st recorded tornado in "Tornado Alley" (Southern Illinois)
  • 1806 Batavian Republic becomes Kingdom of Holland
  • 1827 Turks capture the Acropolis and take Athens during the Greek War of Independence
  • 1829 HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba
  • 1832 Anti-monarchist forces launch an uprising in Paris, starting the unsuccessful June Rebellion

Meeting of Interest

1833 Future 1st computer programmer Ada Lovelace meets mathematician and inventor Charles Babbage

  • 1846 Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore
  • 1848 Statue of prince William the Silent, Prince of Orange by Lodewyk Royer unveiled in The Hague's Het Plein
  • 1849 Danish National Day, Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy
  • 1855 Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party's 1st convention
  • 1857 Walter Woodbury and James Page open photo studio in Batavia (Jakarta)
  • 1861 Federal marshals seize arms and gunpower at Du Pont works DE
  • 1863 Battle of Franklin's Crossing, Virginia (Deep Run)
  • 1863 CSS Alabama captures "Talisman" in the Mid Atlantic
  • 1864 Battle of Piedmont, Virginia (Augusta City)
  • 1866 French colonial expedition to explore Mekong River (world's 12th longest, though Southeast Asia) sets out from Saigon, led by Ernest Doudart de Lagrée
  • 1870 Great Fire of Pera in a district of Constantinople, the wealthiest part of the city, kills hundreds
  • 1872 Republican National Convention meets in Philadelphia
  • 1873 Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania
  • 1875 Pacific Stock Exchange formally opens in San Francisco
  • 1876 Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
  • 1878 American outlaw John Wesley Hardin convicted of the murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb, sentenced to 25 years in prison
  • 1882 Storm & floods hits Bombay; about 100,000 die
  • 1884 William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying "I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected"
  • 1888 Unusual Rio de la Plata Earthquake measures magnitude 5.5

Historic Event

1888 US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president

  • 1900 Pretoria, capital of the Boer Republic of South Africa, falls to the British led by General Buller

Historic Event

1902 Emperor Wilhelm II responds to growing demands from Polish and other Slavic peoples living within German territory by calling for more 'Germanization' of the Slavs

  • 1906 Determined to keep pace with Britain as a major naval power, the German Reichstag passes new navy legislation, increasing the total tonnage in Germany's fleet
  • 1912 US marines invade Caimanera, Cuba
  • 1913 Dutch Disability laws go into effect
  • 1915 Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage
  • 1916 The Sherif Hussein proclaims a revolt of the Arabs in the province of Hejaz, an action that undermines the Turkish Empire
  • 1917 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I

Historic Event

1920 1st rivet driven on Bank of Italy headquarters at 1 Powell in San Francisco (later Bank of America)

  • 1922 The Banker's committee of the Reparations Commission refuses an international loan to Germany
  • 1929 Ramsey MacDonald forms minority Labour government in Britain
  • 1931 Jules Renkin becomes premier of Belgium
  • 1933 US drops the Gold Standard when Congress enacts a joint resolution nullifying creditors right to demand payment in gold
  • 1934 1st formal meeting of Baker Street Irregulars (NYC)

Historic Event

1937 Henry Ford initiates a 32 hour work week

  • 1940 A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • 1940 American Negro Theater organizes
  • 1940 Battle of France begins in WW II

Historic Event

1940 General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defense

  • 1940 General Von Bock starts a German offensive in the Somme
  • 1940 Governor of Suriname and the Netherlands Antilles refuse entry to Jewish refugees
  • 1940 Netherlands rations petroleum
  • 1941 German ammunition depot at medieval Smederovo Fortress, near Belgrade, Serbia explodes; kills close to 2,000
  • 1941 World War II: At least 4,000 people who hid in a tunnel die after a Japanese air attack on the Chinese city of Chongqing
  • 1942 An explosion at the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant kills 48 people
  • 1942 British offensive in North Africa under General Ritchie
  • 1942 USA declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania
  • 1943 German occupiers arrest Louvain University's chancellor
  • 1943 Philippine President José P. Laurel survives assassination attempt after being shot 4 times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong
  • 1944 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure


1944 After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6

  • 1944 Allied forces march into Rome
  • 1944 As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

Historic Event

1944 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel goes on leave just before WWII D-Day landings by the Allies

  • 1945 USA, UK, USSR, France declare supreme authority over Germany
  • 1946 Eric de Noorman, a Dutch comic strip by Hans G. Kresse, is launched
  • 1946 Fire at LaSalle Hotel cocktail lounge kills 61 in Chicago, Illinois

Historic Event

1947 US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the "Marshall Plan" to rebuild Western Europe

Historic Event

1949 Enid Blyton's wooden toy character Noddy first appears in the "Sunday Graphic"

  • 1950 US Supreme Court undermines legal foundations of segregation
  • 1953 Denmark adopts a new constitution
  • 1953 US Senate rejects China People's Republic membership to UN

Catholic Encyclical

1954 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Ecclesiae fastos

  • 1956 US Federal court rules racial segregation on Montgomery buses anti-Constitutional
  • 1959 Bob Dylan graduates from Hibbing High School in Minnesota

Historic Event

1959 The first independent government of the State of Singapore is sworn in with Lee Kuan Yew as Prime Minister

  • 1963 British Minister of War John Profumo resigns due to Christine Keeler scandal
  • 1963 Dutch Princess Marijke changes her name to Christina

Historic Siege

1963 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

  • 1965 Lopez Arellano becomes president of Honduras
  • 1967 American mass murderer Richard Speck sentenced to death in electric chair (later reversed, dies in prison)
  • 1967 Royal Canadian Mint ordered to start converting 10 cent & 25 cent coins to pure nickel as soon as possible

Six-Day War

1967 Six-Day War begins between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria

Bobby Kennedy Gunned Down on Campaign Trail

1968 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan assassinates Robert F. Kennedy, shooting him 3 times and wounding 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Kennedy dies the next day.

  • 1969 Dutch Antilles government of Kroon resigns
  • 1969 International communist conference begins in Moscow
  • 1969 Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut
  • 1970 Chile becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty
  • 1970 The Falls Road curfew in North Ireland, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon
  • 1972 "If You Had Wings" ride opens at Walt Disney World
  • 1972 UN Conference on Human Environment opens in Stockholm

Historic Event

1972 Yugoslav president Josip Tito visits USSR

  • 1975 48th US National Spelling Bee: Hugh Tosteson wins spelling incisor

Historic Event

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

  • 1975 The California Agricultural Labor Relations Act (CALRA), which establishes collective bargaining for farmworkers, becomes law
  • 1975 United Kingdom electorate votes 67% to 33% in a referendum to remain part of the European Common Market
  • 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
  • 1976 Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)
  • 1977 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box & Annie win
  • 1977 Coup in Seychelles (National Day)

Historic Event

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

  • 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

Historic Event

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

  • 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
  • 1991 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.

Nobel Prize

1991 Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize

  • 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
  • 1995 The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created
  • 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 OPEC ministers agree to leave the cartel's oil production quotas unchanged for at least a month, until a scheduled emergency meeting July 3
  • 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 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
  • 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 At least 32 people are killed in Peru during clashes between the police and indigenous protesters
  • 2009 Chile officially enters recession; it is the first South American country to enter the global recession
  • 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

Historic Publication

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

  • 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 Bus crashes with a truck in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India, 22 die in resulting fire
  • 2017 Montenegro becomes the 29th member of NATO
  • 2017 Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over
  • 2018 US Judge Aaron Persky, criticized for his leniency towards campus sex attacker Brock Turner, becomes the 1st judge voted out in 80 years in Santa Clara, California

Historic Event

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

  • 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 Denmark general election won by Mette Frederiksen's Social Democrats, defeating sitting Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen's Liberal party
  • 2019 Ohio doctor William Husel charged with 25 counts of murder for prescribing potentially fatal doses of opioids in Franklin County
  • 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

  • 2022 At least 50 Nigerian church worshippers, including children, killed by gunman armed with explosives at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, south-western Nigeria [1]