On This Day in History – June 5 – Almanac


Former First Lady Nancy Reagan touches the casket of her husband, former President Ronald Reagan, in the Capitol rotunda June 9, 2004. He died June 5 at the age of 93. Photo by Peter Jones/UPI | License picture

Today is Sunday, June 5, the 156th day of 2022 with 209 to follow.

The moon is growing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

People born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include British furniture maker Thomas Chippendale in 1718; the Scottish economist Adam Smith in 1723; Lincoln County, NM, Sheriff Pat Garrett, who shot Billy the Kid, in 1850; the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa in 1878; actor William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy) in 1895; the Italian shoemaker Salvatore Ferragamo in 1898; the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca in 1898; author/illustrator Richard Scarry in 1919; actor Robert Lansing in 1928; journalist/commentator Bill Moyers in 1934 (age 88); British novelist Margaret Drabble in 1939 (83); New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in 1941 (age 81); Olympic athlete John Carlos in 1945 (age 77); Welsh author Ken Follett in 1949 (age 73); financial advisor Suze Orman in 1951 (age 71); producer Kathleen Kennedy in 1953 (age 69); artist Kenny G in 1956 (age 66); author Rick Riordan in 1964 (age 58); singer Brian McKnight in 1969 (age 53); actor/producer Mark Wahlberg in 1971 (51); actor Chad Allen in 1974 (age 48); actor Liza Weil in 1977 (age 45); actor Nick Kroll in 1978 (age 44); musician Pete Wentz in 1979 (age 43); Russian Olympic figure skater Yulia Lipnitskaya in 1998 (24 years old).

On this historical date:

In 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed a bill abolishing the gold standard.

In 1950, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that the segregation of African Americans in railroad dining cars violated the Interstate Commerce Act.

In 1967, the Six Day War broke out between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria and Jordan.

In 1968, while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination in Los Angeles, Senator Robert Kennedy was shot dead by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian immigrant. Kennedy, 42, died the following day.

In 1976, the Teton River Dam in Idaho collapsed as it was first filled, killing 14 people, flooding 300 square miles, and causing damage estimated at $1 billion.

In 1991, moving away from apartheid, South African lawmakers repealed the Land Acts of 1913 and 1936, which reserved 87% of land for whites.

In 1998, members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at a General Motors plant in Flint, Michigan over a wage freeze. The strike ended seven weeks later, with GM promising not to shut down facilities and buying new equipment for workers, and some workers increased production by 15%.

In 2000, Ukrainian officials announced that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the worst radiological accident in history, would be closed.

In 2001, Tropical Storm Allison hit the Texas coast for the second time shortly after forming in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm, which made landfall days later in Louisiana, killed 50 people and caused $5 billion along the Gulf and northeast coasts.

In 2003, officials said US troops would withdraw from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, ending 50 years of guard duty.

In 2004, Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 93 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.

In 2008, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States told a military court in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he wanted to plead guilty to the charges of becoming a martyr. Khalid Sheik Mohammed said he expected to face the death penalty.

In 2010, US President Barack Obama appointed Lieutenant General James R. Clapper Jr. Director of National Intelligence.

In 2012, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, became the first governor in US history to survive a recall election.

In 2013, Susan Rice was appointed national security adviser to the United States, replacing outgoing Tom Donilon.

In 2020, Joe Biden secured enough delegates to become the Democratic presidential nominee in the 2020 election. Voters elected Biden as the 46th president in November.

A Thought for the Day: US President Ronald Reagan said that democracy “is worth dying for because it is the most profoundly honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

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