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This Day in History for June 5

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1851 – Anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe first published in serial form in “The National Era”

1876 – Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

1912 – US marines invade Caimanera, Cuba.

1917 – 10 million US men begin registering for draft in WW I.

1925 – US Open Men’s Golf, Worcester CC: Scotsman Willie Macfarlane beats Bobby Jones by 1 stroke in a second 18-hole playoff for his only major title.

1933 – US drops the Gold Standard when Congress enacts a joint resolution nullifying creditors right to demand payment in gold.

1937 – Henry Ford initiates a 32-hour work week.

1942 – US declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary & Romania.

1944 – 1st US B-29 bombing raid: 1 plane lost die to engine failure.

1944 – After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6.

1947 – US Secretary of State George Marshall outlines the “Marshall Plan” to rebuild Western Europe,

1956 – “Milton Berle Show” last airs on NBC-TV.

1965 – “Wolly Bully” by Sam the Sham & Pharaohs hits #2.

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.

1976 – Teton Dam in Idaho burst causing $1 billion damage (14 die)

1982 – Waterfront streetcar begins operating in Seattle.

1991 – Space Shuttle STS 40 (Columbia 12) launched.

2001 – U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords leaves the Republican Party, an act which shifts control of the United States Senate from the Republicans to the Democratic Party.

2012 – American gubernatorial recall election is held in Wisconsin. Governor Scott Walker wins and becomes the first governor to survive a recall election.

2017 – Puerto Rico declares its Zika virus epidemic over.

2018 – US President Donald Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families violates international law according to the UN.