Today In History June 5
Every day has various stories to narrate. The pages of history mark the importance of every day of the year, in some way or another. As we turn the pages of history, we realize that every day is a story we have been oblivious about.
June 5. It seems like just another common day in the calendar year. But, years ago on this very day, a lot of things happened. Incidents that paved the way to new changes, revolutions, and somewhere also conflicts.
So, what’s the story of June 5? Actually, it’s not about a single story. It’s about the variety of stories. But, here let’s discuss a few incidents that actually make June 5 a remarkable day in the pages of history.
June 5, 1968 – Assassination of US senator Robert Kennedy
June 5, is not a very colorful day for the Kennedy family. Years ago on this same day, Robert Kennedy, then US senator was mortally wounded, which led to his death.
For the Kennedy family, Roberts’s death was the sixth of the deaths that occurred in the family until then, with the wound of John F Kennedy still fresh. Robert Kennedy was declared the winner in the South Dakota and California presidential primaries in the 1968 election. He was pronounced dead at 1:44 a.m on June 6, about 26 hours after he had been shot. After winning the primary elections for democratic nominations for the president of the United States, Robert was giving his media conference at Ambassador Hotel.
Shortly after he exited the podium, he was mortally wounded by multiple shots fired from a handgun. Kennedy dies at Good Samaritan hospital, 26 hours later. The assassin was 24-year-old Sirhan Sirhan, who was commuted to life in prison in 1972. Robert Kennedy’s assassination has led to a number of conspiracy theories, to date, no credible evidence has emerged that Sirhan was not the shooter, or that he did not act alone.
June 5, 1942 – World war 2 US declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania
During the time of world war 2, Bulgaria has remained neutral from a time period of 1939- 1941, but on March 1, 1941, Bulgaria signed the tripartite pact and joined the Axis bloc. Followed by this, the government officially declared war on the United States and the United Kingdom on December 13. And, as a result, the United States declared war on Bulgaria, six months later, on June 5, 1942. The capital of Bulgaria and many other Bulgarian cities we’re bombed by allied aircraft in 1943 and 1944.
June 5, 2000 – Earthquake in Indonesia
June 5 would always remain as a bitter memory for the natives of Indonesia. The grief of losing the loved ones and the unexpected hit of natural calamity, on June 5 and shook entire Indonesia.
June 5, 2020. It was supposed to be a normal day for the natives of Indonesia. But, the sudden occurrence of a tremendous earthquake with a magnitude of 7.9 killed over more than 100 people and up to 2,585 injuries. About 730 aftershocks the area afterward, sending the entire place into an ignominious trauma and fear. For days, people were living in dark, without electricity and also, they faced a lack of water supply. The unexpected natural calamity caused the country to face the worst situation they have ever faced. And, every June 5 is a remembrance for them and others, about that nightmare and also about the lives that they lost.
June 5, 1967 – Six-day war between Israel, Syria, and Jordan
A six-day war between Israel and the Arab states of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan begin on June 5, 1967. The Six-Day War came on the heels of several decades of political tension and military conflict between Israel and the Arab states. A series of border disputes were the major spark for the Six-Day War. By the mid-1960s, Syrian-backed Palestinian guerillas had begun staging attacks across the Israeli border, provoking reprisal raids from the Israel Defense Forces.
The day, June 5 has witnessed a lot of events in the past years. From small civil wars to conflicts between countries. There had a been assassinations, there had been treaties that were signed. Hence, June 5 remains a day with a lot of historic importance.
It’s rightly said, every day has stories to narrate, and so does June 5!