June 5 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

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

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

1963 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested

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

1968 Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times, who dies the next day. and wounds 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California

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

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

Today’s Historical Events

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.

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

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1927 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record

1952 1st sporting event televised nationally – Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

1954 “Your Show Of Shows” last airs on NBC-TV

1956Milton Berle Show” last airs on NBC-TV

1960 “George Gobel Show” last airs on CBS-TV

1967 WSBE TV channel 36 in Providence, RI (PBS) begins broadcasting

1970 KPAX TV channel 8 in Missoula, Montana (CBS) begins broadcasting

1987 “Nightline” presents its 1st “Town Meeting” the subject is AIDS and the show runs until 3:47 AM

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1945 Benjamin Britten‘s opera “Peter Grimes” premieres in London

1948 “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky: A Cowboy Legend” single released by Stan Jones

1964 Rolling Stones 1st US concert tour (with Bobby Goldsboro & Bobby Vee) debuts in San Bernadino, California

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

1965 “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2

1976 “Bigfoot” by Bro Smith hits #57

1981 George Harrison releases “Somewhere in England”, his ninth studio album, includes John Lennon tribute “All Those Years Ago” (Featuring Paul and Ringo)

1982 “Murphy’s Law” by Cheri hits #39

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1806 1st trotter to break 3 minute mile (Yankee)

1869 3rd Belmont: C Miller aboard Fenian wins in 3:04.25

1879 13th Belmont: George Evans riding Spendthrift wins in 2:42.75

1886 20th Belmont: Jim McLaughlin aboard Inspector B wins in 2:41

1902 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Scotsman Sandy Herd wins by 1 stroke from James Braid and Harry Vardon

1911 Red Sox Joe Wood strikes out 3 pinch hitters in 9th for 5-4 win

1915 47th Belmont: George Byrne aboard The Finn wins in 2:18.6

1920 Philadelphia Athletics’s VP Thomas Shibe denies charges that baseballs are livelier

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