Today in History
Today is Sunday, June 5, the 156th day of 2022. There are 209 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in the story:
On June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and fatally injured after claiming victory in the California Democratic presidential primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; the assassin Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was arrested at the scene.
To this date :
In 1794, Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from participating in any military action against a country at peace with the United States.
In 1950, the United States Supreme Court, in Henderson v. United States, invalidated racially segregated railroad dining cars.
In 1967, war broke out in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack from its Arab neighbors, launched a series of preemptive strikes on airfields that destroyed almost the entire air force Egyptian; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict.
In 1975, Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed due to the 1967 war with Israel.
In 1976, 14 people were killed when the Teton Dam burst in Idaho.
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported that five gay men in Los Angeles had contracted a rare form of pneumonia; they were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.
In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City. (Smart was found alive by police in a Salt Lake suburb in March 2003. One of the kidnappers, Brian David Mitchell, is serving a prison sentence; the other, Wanda Barzee, was released in September 2018.)
In 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, died in Los Angeles at the age of 93 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
In 2006, more than 50 Utah National Guardsmen became the first unit to work along the US-Mexico border as part of President George W. Bush’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
In 2013, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, many of them sleeping women and children, pleaded guilty to murder at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, to avoid the death penalty; he was sentenced to life in prison.
In 2016, Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) became the first man in nearly half a century to win four consecutive major championships and eventually claimed an elusive French Open title to complete a Career Grand Slam, beating Andy. Murray 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.
In 2020, Minneapolis banned police chokeholds, the first of many changes to police practices to be announced following the death of George Floyd; officers would also now be required to intervene whenever they saw another officer’s unauthorized force. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league was wrong not to listen to players who fight for racial equality.
Ten years ago: Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker fended off a recall challenge, winning both the right to finish his term and voter approval of his strategy to cut state spending. Jury selection began in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, during the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of child sex abuse. (Sandusky was later convicted of 45 counts and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.) Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, 91, has died in Los Angeles.
Five years ago: The White House said President Donald Trump would not invoke executive privilege to prevent fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying on Capitol Hill. Bill Cosby was tried in Norristown, Pennsylvania, for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University’s basketball program, at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004. a second trial; Pennsylvania’s highest court later overturned that conviction.)
A year ago: The Justice Department said it would no longer secretly obtain journalists’ files when investigating leaks. Favored Essential Quality won the Belmont Stakes in New York against Hot Rod Charlie.
Today’s birthdays: Actor-singer Bill Hayes turns 97. Journalist Bill Moyers is 88 years old. Former Canadian Prime Minister Joe Clark is 83 years old. Author Dame Margaret Drabble is 83 years old. Country singer Don Reid (The Statler Brothers) is 77. Rock musician Freddie Stone (AKA Freddie Stewart) (Sly and the Family Stone) is 75. Rock singer Laurie Anderson is 75. Country singer Gail Davies is 74 years old. Author Ken Follett is 73 years old. Financial guru Suze Orman is 71 years old. Rock musician Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) is 70 years old. Jazz musician Peter Erskine is 68 years old. Jazz musician Kenny G is 66 years old. Rock singer Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs) is 66. Actor Beth Hall is 64 years old. Actor Jeff Garlin is 60 years old. Actor Karen Sillas is 59 years old. Actor Ron Livingston is 55. Singer Brian McKnight is 53. Rock musician Claus Norreen (Aqua) is 52 years old. Actor Mark Wahlberg is 51 years old. Actor Chad Allen is 48 years old. Rock musician P-Nut (311) is 48 years old. Actor Navi Rawat (ROH’-waht) is 45 years old. Actor Liza Weil is 45 years old. Rock musician Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) is 43 years old. Rock musician Seb Lefebvre (Simple Plan) is 41 years old. Actor Chelsey Crisp is 39 years old. Actor Amanda Crew is 36 years old. Electronic musician Harrison Mills (Odesza) is 33 years old. Musician/songwriter/producer DJ Mustard is 32 years old. Actor Sophie Lowe is 32 years old. Actor Hank Greenspan is 12 years old.