TODAY’S HISTORY LESSON: JUNE 5
1099 Members of the First Crusade witness an eclipse of the moon and interpret it as a sign they will recapture Jerusalem.
1637 American settlers in New England massacre a Pequot Indian village.
1794 US Congress passes the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in foreign armed forces
1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes the first installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin in The National Era.
1855 Anti-foreign anti-Roman Catholic Know-Nothing Party’s 1st convention
1856 U.S. Army troops in the Four creeks region of California, head back to quarters, officially ending the Tule River War. Fighting, however, will continue for a few more years.
1872 The Republican National Convention, the first major political party convention to include blacks, commences.
1873 Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania
1876 Bananas become popular in US, at Centennial Exposition in Phila
1884 Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”
1912 US marines invade Cuba (3nd time)
1917 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I
1933 President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.
1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlines “The Marshall Plan,” a program intended to assist European nations, including former enemies, to rebuild their economies.
1963 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested
1967 The Six-Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan begins.
1967 The National Hockey League (NHL) awarded three new franchises. The Minnesota North Stars (later the Dallas Stars), the California Golden Seals (no longer in existence) and the Los Angeles Kings.
1968 Sirhan Sirhan shoots Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy after Kennedy’s victory in the pivotal California primary election.
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
1981 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
1987 Ted Koppel and guests discussed the topic of AIDS for four hours on ABC-TV’s “Nightline”.
1991 Lesbian priest Elizabeth Carl ordained in Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
1998 C-Span reported that Bob Hope had died. The report was false and had begun with an inaccurate obituary on the Associated Press website.
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
2007 MESSENGER spacecraft performs a second flyby of Venus
2013 The first article based on NSA leaked documents by Edward Snowden are published by the Guardian Newspaper in the UK
REFERENCE: HISTORY.NET, ONTHISDAY.COM, TIMEANDDATE.COM, INFOPLEASE.COM, FACTMONSTER.COM, SCOPESYS.COM, ON-THIS-DAY.COM, THEPEOPLEHISTORY.COM