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Today In History – June 5

June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar
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Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few more of them:

June 5 is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar; 209 days remain until the end of the year.

EVENTS

1817 – The first Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.

1829 – HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.

1832 – The June Rebellion breaks out in Paris in an attempt to overthrow the monarchy of Louis Philippe.

1837 – Houston is incorporated by the Republic of Texas.

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.

1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.

1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris.

1888 – The Rio de la Plata earthquake takes place.

1893 – The trial of Lizzie Borden for the murder of her father and stepmother begins in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

1916 – Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; he is the first American Jew to hold such a position.

1942 – World War II: The United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.

1944 – World War II: More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

1947 – Cold War: Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, the United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.

1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.

1959 – The first government of Singapore is sworn in.

1968 – Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.

1975 – The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.

1976 – The Teton Dam in Idaho, United States, collapses. Eleven people are killed as a result of flooding.[14]

1981 – The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

1991 – Space Shuttle Columbia is launched on STS-40, the fifth spacelab mission.

1998 – A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants. The strike lasts seven weeks.

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 causes $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the second costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.

2002 – Space Shuttle Endeavour launches on STS-111, carrying the Expedition 5 crew to the International Space Station to replace the Expedition 4 crew. Astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz becomes the second person to have flown on seven spaceflights.



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