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On June fifth, 1968, Senator Robert F.
Kennedy was assassinated after claiming
victory in California's Democratic presidential
primary. Gunman Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was
On this date:
In 1783, Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier publicly
demonstrated their hot-air balloon in a
ten-minute flight over Annonay, France.
In 1794, Congress
passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited
Americans from enlisting in the service of a
In 1884, Civil War
hero General William T. Sherman refused the
Republican presidential nomination, saying,
"I will not accept if nominated and will not
serve if elected."
In 1917, about ten
million American men began registering for the
draft in World War One.
In 1933, the
United States went off the gold standard.
In 1940, the
Battle of France began during World War Two.
In 1947, Secretary
of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at
Harvard University in which he outlined an aid
program for Europe that came to be known as
"The Marshall Plan."
In 1967, war
erupted in the Mideast as Israel raided Egyptian
military targets. Syria, Jordan and Iraq entered
In 1975, Egypt
reopened the Suez Canal to international
shipping, eight years after it was closed because
of the 1967 war with Israel.
In 1976, eleven
people were killed when the Teton Dam in Idaho
Ten years ago:
Authorities in Oakland County, Michigan, moved to
prevent Dr. Jack Kevorkian from continuing to
make available a suicide device that Janet
Adkins, an Oregon woman diagnosed with
Alzheimer's disease, had used a day earlier to
take her own life.
Five years ago:
"Allison," a minimal hurricane,
buffeted the Gulf Coast with 75 mile-per-hour
winds, swamping streets and spinning off
tornadoes but causing no major damage.
One year ago: Jazz
and pop singer Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at
age 73. Pope John Paul the Second began a 13-day
pilgrimage to his native Poland.
"Charismatic" failed in his bid to win
racing's Triple Crown, finishing third behind
"Lemon Drop Kid" and "Vision and
Verse" in the Belmont Stakes. Steffi Graf
won her sixth French Open title, beating
top-ranked Martina Hingis 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.
"In a dream you are
Anne Sexton, American poet (1928-1974).