What are the important events that happened on June 5? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

June 5: Facts & Myths About This Day

June 5 is the 157th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 209 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is May 23, 2016 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 406,968 hours has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘hectapentacontaheptagon’ day.

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Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Pearl is the modern birthstone for this month. Moonstone is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 237 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,262 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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June 5 Historical Events

  • 1257
    Kraków, Poland receives city rights.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.
  • 1900
    Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.
  • 1941
    Four thousand Chongqing residents are asphyxiated in a bomb shelter during the Bombing of Chongqing.
  • 1942
    World War II: United States declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania.
  • 1944
    World War II: More than 1000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.
  • 1945
    The Allied Control Council, the military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
  • 1947
    Marshall Plan: In a speech at Harvard University, United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.
  • 1976
    Collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, United States.
  • 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 form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.

Who were born on June 5?

  • 1894
    Roy Thomson, Lord Thomson of Fleet, English publisher (d. 1976)
  • 1919
    Richard Scarry, American author/illustrator (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Bill Moyers, American journalist
  • 1945
    Patrick Head, English F1 technical director and team co-owner (WilliamsF1)
  • 1954
    Nancy Stafford, American actress
  • 1961
    Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (d. 2006)
  • 1975
    Sandra Stals, Belgian athlete
  • 1977
    Liza Weil, American actress
  • 1979
    Jason White, American racing driver
  • 1984
    Robert Barbieri, Canadian-born Italian rugby player

Who died on June 5?

  • 1296
    Edmund Crouchback, son of Henry III of England (b. 1245)
  • 1625
    Orlando Gibbons, English composer (b. 1583)
  • 1722
    Johann Kuhnau, German composer, organist, and harpsichordist (b. 1660)
  • 1791
    Sir Frederick Haldimand, Swiss-born colonial governor (b. 1718)
  • 1826
    Carl Maria von Weber, German composer (b. 1786)
  • 1866
    John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)
  • 1900
    Stephen Crane, American author (b. 1871)
  • 1920
    Rhoda Broughton, Welsh author (b. 1840)
  • 1975
    Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 1998
    Sam Yorty, American mayor of Los Angeles (b. 1909)

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