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, 1,465,084,800 seconds 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.
  • 1862
    As the Treaty of Saigon is signed, ceding parts of southern Vietnam to France, the guerrilla leader Truong Dinh decides to defy Emperor Tu Duc of Vietnam and fight on against the Europeans.
  • 1917
    World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as “Army registration day”.
  • 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.
  • 1959
    The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.
  • 1967
    Six-Day War begins: The Israeli air force launches simultaneous pre-emptive attacks on the air forces of Egypt and Syria.
  • 1976
    Collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, United States.
  • 1998
    A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
  • 2003
    A severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C (122°F) in the region.
  • 2006
    Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

Who were born on June 5?

  • 1850
    Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)
  • 1876
    Tony Jackson, American musician (d. 1920)
  • 1925
    Art Donovan, American football star
  • 1945
    John Carlos, American athlete
  • 1960
    Margo Lanagan, Australian author
  • 1972
    Chuck Klosterman, American journalist
  • 1974
    P-Nut, American bassist (311)
  • 1979
    Fraser Watts, Scottish cricketer
  • 1986
    Amanda Crew, Canadian actress
  • 1986
    Vernon Gholston, American football player

Who died on June 5?

  • 1316
    King Louis X of France (b. 1289)
  • 1568
    Lamoral, Count of Egmont, Flemish general and statesman (b. 1522)
  • 1716
    Roger Cotes, English mathematician (b. 1682)
  • 1866
    John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer (b. 1815)
  • 1916
    Lord Horatio Kitchener, British field marshal (b. 1850)
  • 1921
    Georges Feydeau, French playwright (b. 1862)
  • 1967
    Arthur Biram, Israeli philosopher and educator, and Israel Prize recipient (b. 1878)
  • 1975
    Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • 2007
    Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer (b. 1922)
  • 2009
    Boris Pokrovsky, Russian operatic stage director (b. 1912)

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