#TodayInHistory – June 5
June 5 – Some important events on this day.
1661 👉🏼 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge
1805 👉🏼 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois) 🌪
1806 👉🏼 Batavian Republic becomes Kingdom of Holland
1849 👉🏼 Danish National Day: Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy 🇩🇰
1870 👉🏼 Constantinople burns, killing hundreds.
A huge section of the city of Constantinople, Turkey, is set ablaze on this day. When the smoke finally cleared, 3,000 homes were destroyed and 900 people were dead. A young girl was carrying a hot piece of charcoal to her family’s kitchen in an iron pan when she tripped, sending the charcoal out the window and onto the roof of an adjacent home. The fire quickly spread down Feridje Street, one of Constantinople’s main thoroughfares.The Christian area of the city was quickly engulfed and only stone structures, mostly churches and hospitals, survived the flames.
Some years later, in 1887, Edmondo de Amicis published perhaps the best account of this disaster in a book called “Constantinople”.
1873 👉🏼 Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania 🇹🇿
1876 👉🏼 Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia 🍌
1944 👉🏼 Allies prepare for D-Day.
On this day, more than 1,000 British bombers dropped 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy—D-Day.
1947 👉🏼 US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Western Europe
1963 👉🏼 State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested
1967 👉🏼 Six-day war begins between Israel and the neighboring Arab states of Egypt, Jordan and Syria
1968 👉🏼Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times, who dies the next day and wounds 5 others at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California
1981 👉🏼 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles
1981 👉🏼 World’s first today in history program with editable data “TODAY”, invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a mainframe computer 🖥
1984 👉🏼 Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikh’s holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar
1988 👉🏼 Russian orthodox church celebrates it’s 1,000th anniversary ⛪️
2009 👉🏼 At least 32 people are killed in Peru during clashes between the police and indigenous protesters
2019 👉🏼 Average person ingests 50,000 pieces of microplastic a year and breathes in similar amount according to first-ever such study published in journal “Environmental Science and Technology”.