Tuesday, June 5, 2012

5th of June

It is the 156th day of the year, with only 209 days remaining until the end of the year.

70 - Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem during the siege of the city.

1837 - Houston, Texas is incorporated by the Republic of Texas.

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

1864 - Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.

1917 - Concription begins in the United States, as "Army registration day."

1944 - More than 1000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.

1947 - In a speech at Harvard University, Secretary of State George C. 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.

1967 - The Israeli air force launches simultaneous pre-emptive attacks on the air forces of Egypt and Syria.

1968 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan.

1977 - The Apple II, one of the first personal computers, goes on sale.

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

1989 - The Unknown Rebel halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

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