June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining.

  1. 70 - Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem.
  2. 1305 - Pope Clement V is elected.
  3. 1798 - Battle of New Ross: The attempt to spread United Irish Rebellion into Munster is defeated.
  4. 1817 - First Great Lakes steamer, the Frontenac, is launched.
  5. 1829 - HMS Pickle captures the armed slave ship Voladora off the coast of Cuba.
  6. 1832 - Parisian student uprisings of 1832 begin.
  7. 1849 - Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy by the signing of a new constitution.
  8. 1851 - Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom's Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper.
  9. 1864 - American Civil War: Battle of Piedmont: Union forces under General David Hunter defeat a Confederate army at Piedmont, Virginia, taking nearly 1,000 prisoners.
  10. 1900 - Second Boer War: British soldiers take Pretoria.
  11. 1907 - BAPS Swaminarayan religion established.
  12. 1915 - Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
  13. 1916 - Stein's Dixie Jazz Band plays its first gig under its new name, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band.
  14. 1916 - Louis Brandeis is sworn in as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  15. 1917 - World War I: Conscription begins in the United States as "Army registration day."
  16. 1924 - Ernst Alexanderson sends the first facsimile across the Atlantic Ocean (to his father in Sweden).
  17. 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.
  18. 1944 - World War II: The two largest invasion fleets heretofore in history sailed that morning on opposite sides of the world. Most of the ship were United States flagged vessels.
  19. 1944 - World War II: More than 1000 British bombers drop 5000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries on the Normandy coast in preparation for D-Day.
  20. 1944 - World War II: Rome liberated by the Allies
  21. 1945 - Allied Control Council, military occupation governing body of Germany, formally takes power.
  22. 1946 - A fire in the LaSalle Hotel in Chicago, kills 61 people.
  23. 1947 - Marshall Plan: At a speech at Harvard University, United States Secretary of State George Marshall calls for economic aid to war-torn Europe.
  24. 1956 - Elvis Presley introduces his new single, "Hound Dog", on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
  25. 1959 - The first government of the State of Singapore is sworn in.
  26. 1963 - British Secretary of State for War John Profumo resigns in a sex scandal.
  27. 1967 - Six-Day War begins: The Israeli air force launches simultaneous pre-emptive attacks on the air forces of Egypt, Jordan, and Syria.
  28. 1968 - U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies the next day.
  29. 1969 - The University of Texas at San Antonio is established.
  30. 1970 - Chile becomes a member of the Berne Convention copyright treaty.
  31. 1975 - The Suez Canal opens for the first time since the Six-Day War.
  32. 1975 - The UK holds its first and only UK-wide referendum, on remaining in the EEC.
  33. 1976 - Collapse of the Teton Dam in Idaho, United States.
  34. 1977 - A coup takes place in Seychelles.
  35. 1977 - The Apple II, the first practical personal computer, goes on sale.
  36. 1981 - The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that five homosexual men 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.
  37. 1984 - Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi orders an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion.
  38. 1986 - A 52-year old man in Auburn, Washington, United States, dies after taking an Excedrin capsule laced with cyanide; this is the first of two Excedrin deaths.
  39. 1987 - Ted Koppel hosts a "National Town Meeting on AIDS" on a special four-hour long live broadcast of Nightline.
  40. 1989 - The Inuvialuit Final Agreement is signed in Canada to give the Inuit of western Canada the first comprehensive land claim agreement north of the 60th parallel.
  41. 1989 - The Unknown Rebel halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
  42. 1991 - Colo-Colo becomes the first Chilean soccer team to win the Copa Libertadores de América.
  43. 1995 - Bose-Einstein condensate is first created.
  44. 1998 - A strike begins at the General Motors parts factory in Flint, Michigan, that quickly spreads to five other assembly plants (the strike lasted seven weeks).
  45. 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.
  46. 2001 - Tropical Storm Allison makes landfall on the upper-Texas coastline as a strong tropical storm and dumps large amounts of rain over Houston. The storm caused $5.5 billion in damages, making Allison the costliest tropical storm in U.S. history.
  47. 2002 - Mozilla 1.0, the first 'official' version, is released.
  48. 2003 - Severe heat wave across Pakistan and India reaches its peak, as temperatures exceed 50°C in the region. (Details)
  49. 2004 - Former U.S. President, Ronald Reagan dies at the age of 93.
  50. 2006 - Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro