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5th June is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 209 days remain until the end of the year. Today also marks the World Day Against Speciesism and World Environment Day. Find out some important events that occurred on this day, 5th June, in history.


Historical events

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

754 — Friezen murders bishop Boniface and over 50 companions.

1257 — Kraków, Poland, receives city rights.

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

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

1805 — The first recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois).

1806 — The Batavian Republic becomes the Kingdom of Holland.

1833 — Mathematician and computer programmer Ada Lovelace (future first computer programmer) meets inventor Charles Babbage.

1846 — Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

1873 — Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern-day Tanzania.

1876 — Bananas become popular in the US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.


5th June in the 20th Century

1915 — Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1933 — The US drops the Gold Standard when Congress enacts a joint resolution nullifying creditors right to demand payment in gold.

1937 — Ford Motor Company Founder Henry Ford initiates a 32 hour work week.

1940 — A synthetic rubber tire exhibited in Akron, Ohio by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.

1940 — American Negro Theatre organises.

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.

1951 — Anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe first published in serial form in “The National Era”.

1952 — The first sporting event televised nationally-Walcott vs Charles boxing.

1953 — Denmark adopts a new constitution.

1964 — Davie Jones and King Bees debut “I Can’t Help Thinking About Me”; group disbands but Davie Jones goes on to success as David Bowie.

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

1977 — 31st Tony Awards: Shadow Box and Annie win.

1977 — National Council of Women of Kenya led by environmentalist Wangari Maathai march to Kamukunji Park, Nairobi, and plant seven trees> This marks the beginning of the Green Belt Movement.


More dates

1979 — Seychelles adopts its constitution.

1981 — AIDS epidemic officially begins when the US Centres 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.

1990 — South African troops plunder anti-apartheid activist and South African president Nelson Mandela’s home.

1991 — Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, DC.

1991 — Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev receives his 1990 Nobel Peace Prize.

1994 — “Gray’s Anatomy” opens at Beaumont Theater NYC for 8 performances.

1995 — The Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.

2000 — Armed conflict between Rwanda and Uganda erupts in Kisangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


5th June in the 21st Century

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 US 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.

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.

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

2015 — A 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 a referendum to give each citizen a guaranteed income of $2,500 Swiss francs per month.

2017 — Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over.

2018 — Film producer Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to r**e and s****l assault charges in court in New York.

2018 — “Ocean’s 8” film premieres. Directed by Gary Ross, it stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna.

2018 — Miss America pageant announces an end to its swimsuit competition.

2018 — Boxer Floyd Mayweather named 2017 top-earning sportsperson by Forbes. He earned $285 million.

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

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