June 5: This Day in History

RFKJune 5, 2014 – Segment 1

Marc shares some of the events that happened on this day in history, including the beginning of the Six Day War in Israel/Palestine, the birth of Art Donovan, the death of Ronald Reagan, and the assassination of Robert Kennedy.


On this day in history:

1728: Today, DELAWARE Chief Sassoonan will address the Pennsylvania Provincial Council.

He will complain of German immigrants settling on Indian lands in Tulpehocken valley. The

complaint would not be resolved until 1732, when the lands were purchased from the Indians

with trading goods.

1783 – Oliver Cromwell, soldier in the Revolutionary War, receives an honorable discharge and

the Badge of Merit from George Washington.

1851: First installment of Uncle Tom’s Cabin published (author: Harriet Beecher Stowe)

1866: This day will start the formal treaty conference at Fort Laramie in southeastern Wyoming.

Leaders from many tribes and bands will be present. The purpose of the treaty will be to

allow passageway for trails, roads, and railroad lines across Indian lands. The meeting will

be postponed for almost a week, at Red Cloud’s request, to allow for the arrival of additional


1872: Republican National Convention met in Philadelphia with substantial Black representation

from Southern States. For the first time in American History, three Blacks addressed a major

national political convention: Robert B. Elliot, Chairman of the South Carolina delegation;

Joseph H. Rainy, South Carolina delegate; John R. Lynch, Mississippi delegate.

1894 – G.W, Murray patents fertilizer distributor – Patent No. 520,889.

1894 – G.W. Murray patents cotton chopper – Patent No. 520,888.

1894 – G.W. Murray patents Planter – Patent No. 520,887.

1915 – Denmark amends its constitution to allow women’s suffrage.

1916 – Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court; he is the

first American Jew to hold such a position.

1917 – World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as “Army registration day”

1922: The Supreme Court decides that Union organizations are liable for damage or injury

caused during strikes. The decision was regarded as one of the biggest blows to labor unions.

1933 – The U.S. Congress abrogates the United States’ use of the gold standard by enacting a

joint resolution (48 Stat. 112) nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.

1940 – The American Negro Theater was organized by Frederick O’Neal and Abram Hill.

1955 – Martin Luther King Jr. is awarded his doctorate from Boston University.

1950 – U.S. Supreme Court undermined the legal foundations of segregation in three landmark

cases, Sweatt v. Painter, McLaurin v. Oklahoma State Regents and Henderson v. United


1956: Elvis Presley introduces his new single, “Hound Dog,” on The Milton Berle Show, and

scandalized the audience with his suggestive hip gyrations.

1956 – Federal court ruled that racial segregation on Montgomery city buses violated


1967: The Six-Day War begins when Israel launches simultaneous attacks against Egypt and

Syria, Jordan also joined the fray, but the Arab coalition was no match for Israel’s proficient

armed forces. In six days of fighting, Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula of

Egypt, the Golan Heights of Syria, and the West Bank and Arab sector of East Jerusalem, by

the time the United Nations cease-fire took effect on June 11th, Israel had more than doubled its


1973: Doris A. Davis elected mayor of Compton, California – the first African American woman

mayor of a major city.

1976: Thirty-five members of the Teamsters, concerned about the infiltration of organized crime

in the union and other issues, meet in Cleveland to form Teamsters for a Democratic Union.

1979: Blues legend Muddy Waters (aged 64), married Marva Jean Brooks on her 25th birthday.

1981: The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention reports 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.

1989: Solidarity who is anti-communist party in Poland, looks set to claim success in the

country’s elections. Due to the conditions set by the controlling communist party in Poland the

communists will still remain in control, as the opposition has been allowed to contest only one

third of the seats.

1989 – The Tank Man halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour

after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.

1998: A strike begins at a General Motors Corp. parts factory in Flint, Mich., that spreads

and ultimately forces the closure of GM plants across the country for seven weeks. The Flint

workers were protesting the removal of key dies from their plant and feared their jobs would be

lost. The company ended the dispute by assuring the plant would remain open until at least the

year 2000.

2005: Two women, Fatima al-Sabah and Fawzia al-Bahr, were appointed to Kuwait’s municipal

council, the first time in its history. The council mainly focused on civic planning, including roads

and public services, and the appointment was hailed as a gain for women’s rights in the country.

2012: A recall election in the state of Wisconsin took place as incumbent Republican Scott

Walker faced off against Democrat mayor of Milwaukee Tom Barrett. Walker survived the vote

which many observers thought of as a key test for the November presidential elections.

2012 – The last transit of Venus of the 21st century begins.


Born on this day in history:

1646: Elena Cornaro Piscopia born (mathematician and prodigy)

1723 – Adam Smith, Scottish economist and philosopher (d. 1790)

1836: Miriam Leslie born (editor, publisher)

1866: Sophie Bell Wright born (educator, relief worker)

1867: Anna Beach Pratt born (social worker, educator, connected with the New York School of


1878 – Pancho Villa, Mexican general (d. 1923)

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist (d. 1946)

1884: Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett born

1887: Ruth Fulton Benedict born (anthropologist)

1899 – Otis Barton, American diver, engineer, and actor, designed the bathysphere (d. 1992)

1902 – Arthur Powell Davies, American minister, author, and activist (d. 1957)

1925 – Art Donovan, American football player and radio host (d. 2013)

1929: Margaret Drabble born (writer)

1934 – Bill Moyers, American journalist, 13th White House Press Secretary.

1945 – Olympic track and field star John Carlos born in New York City. John Carlos would

become famous at the 1968 Olympic Summer Games for raising a black gloved fist during the

playing of the American anthem.

1946: Born on this day, Freddie Stone, guitar, Sly and The Family Stone, (1971 US No.1 &

1972 UK No.15 single ‘Family Affair’).

1947: Laurie Anderson born (performance artist, writer, composer)

1950 – Ronnie Dyson, American singer and actor (d. 1990)

1951 – Suze Orman, American financial adviser, author, and television host.

1956 – Kenny G, American saxophonist, songwriter, and producer (The Love Unlimited


1969 – Brian McKnight, American singer-songwriter and producer

1971: Born on this day, Mark Wahlberg, Marky Mark, (1991 US No.1

single, ‘Good Vibrations’).


On this day in history, we lost:

1832: Kaahumanu died (ruler of Hawaii)

1893: Mary Ann Shadd Cary died (journalist, teacher, abolitionist, activist)

1910 – O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)

1968: Senator Robert Kennedy is assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after

winning the California presidential primary.

1993 – Conway Twitty, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1933)

1999: Jazz singer and songwriter Mel Tormé died aged 73. Biggest hit was the 1956 UK No. 4

single ‘Mountain Greenery’ and his ‘Christmas Song’ (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) has

been recorded more than 1,700 times.

2004 – Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States (b.


2012 – Ray Bradbury, American author (b. 1920)


Sources: The People HistoryThis Day in Labor HistoryWikipedia List of Historical AnniversariesThis Day in Women’s HistoryThis Day in African History;History.comHistory OrbYenobaSelected Black FactsPhil Konstantin’s North American Indian History; and This Day in Music