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6/5/2021 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - June 5

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Today in History in 1661 Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge; in 1888 US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president; and in 1927 Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1661 - Isaac Newton admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1833 - Ada Lovelace (future 1st computer programmer) meets Charles Babbage
  • 1873 - Sultan Bargash closes slave market of Zanzibar
  • 1876 - Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia
  • 1888 - US Democrats nominate Grover Cleveland for president
  • 1927 - Johnny Weissmuller sets 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record
  • 1947 - US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines "Marshall Plan"
  • 1963 - State of siege proclaimed in Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini arrested
  • 1967 - 6 day war between Israel & Arab neighbors begins
  • 1981 - AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers of Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting 5 homosexual men in Los Angeles
  • 1981 - World's first today in history program "TODAY", invented by Michael Butler runs for the first time on a PC
  • 1984 - Indira Gandhi orders attack on Sikh's holiest site (Golden Temple)

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1949 - Ken Follett, Cardiff, Wales, spy author (Eye of the Needle, Lie Down with Lions)
  • 1951 - Suze Orman, American financial advisor, writer, and television personality.
  • 1954 - Nancy Stafford [Nancy Elizabeth], Wilton Manors, Florida, American actress (Joan-St Elsewhere, 1977 Miss Florida)
  • 1956 - Kenny G, saxophonist (Duotones)
  • 1971 - Mark Wahlberg, rap singer (Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch) and actor (Boogie Nights, The Departed), born in Boston, Massachusetts

Famous Weddings

  • 1856 - Industrialist Samuel Colt (41) weds philanthropist Elizabeth Hart Jarvis (29)
  • 1930 - Actress Agnes Moorehead (29) weds actor Jack G. Lee (28)
  • 1941 - NBA coach Red Auerbach (23) weds Dorothy Lewis
  • 1974 - "Sly and the Family Stone" frontman Sly Stone (31) weds model-actress Kathy Silva at Madison Square Garden
  • 1979 - Blues musician Muddy Waters (64) weds Marva Jean Brooks (25) in Chicago

Famous Divorces

  • 2009 - "Lost" actress Emilie de Ravin (27) divorces actor Josh Janowicz (27) after three years of marriage
  • 2012 - NBC musical drama series "Smash" actress Debra Messing (43) divorces actor and producer Daniel Zelman (44) by their mutual decision after 10 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1900 - Stephen Crane, author (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 28
  • 1910 - O. Henry, American author (b. 1862)
  • 1993 - Conway Twitty, country star (Linda on My Mind), dies in surgery at 59
  • 1998 - Jeanette Nolan, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 1999 - Mel Tormé, American singer ("The Velvet Fog"), composer, and actor (b. 1925)
  • 2002 - Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones) (b. 1952)
  • 2004 - Ronald Reagan, 40th US President, Governor of California and radio and film actor, dies aged 93

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