It happened today – this day in history – June 5

70AD: Titus and his Roman legions breach the middle wall of Jerusalem.

1625: Death of composer Orlando Gibbons.

1661: Isaac Newton is admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.

1806: The Batavian Republic becomes the Kingdom of Holland.

1827: The Turks capture the Acropolis and take Athens during the Greek War of Independence.

1873: Sultan Bargash bin Said under British pressure closes the infamous slave market of Zanzibar in modern day Tanzania.

1900: Pretoria, capital of the Boer Republic of South Africa, falls to the British.

1902: Scotsman Sandy Herd wins the British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club by one stroke from Harry Vardon and James Braid.

1912: US marines invade Caimanera, Cuba.

1916: British Secretary of State for War, Gen Horatio Kitchener drowns at 65 after the HMS Hampshire strikes a German mine.

1927: Rene Lacoste wins the second of three French tennis championship titles, beating Bill Tilden in five sets.

1929: Ramsey MacDonald forms a minority Labour government.

1940: A synthetic rubber tyre is exhibited in Akron, Ohio, by the Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Company. On the same day, General Charles de Gaulle becomes French junior minister of Defence.

1942: The US declares war on Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

1943: Philippine President José P. Laurel survives am assassination attempt after being shot four times with a 45 caliber pistol while playing golf at Wack Wack Golf Course in Mandaluyong.

1944: The first British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion. On the same day, the Allies march into Rome and General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6.

1945: Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” premieres in London.

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

1949: Enid Blyton’s Noddy first appears in the “Sunday Graphic”.

1952: The test cricket debut of Freddie Trueman against India at Headingley. On the same day, Jersey Joe Walcott beats Ezzard Charles for the world heavyweight boxing title.

1959: Robert Zimmerman graduates from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota. He would soon become known as Bob Dylan.

1963: Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigns admitting he lied to Parliament about his relationship with call girl Christine Keeler.

1966: Ann Haydon-Jones of England beats American Nancy Richie 6-3, 6-1 for her second French tennis singles title.

1967: Israeli forces launch a pre-emptive strike on Egypt prompting Arab allies to get involved in a ground and air battle, beginning the Six Day War.

1968: Senator Robert Kennedy is fatally shot in the head while being escorted through the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in LA after giving a victory speech to celebrate his win in the California Primary. On the same day, Yugoslavia beat England 1-0 in the semi-final of the European Championships in Italy with Alan Mullery becoming the first England player ever to be sent off.

Singles chart:

  1. Young Girl – The Union Gap
  2. A Man Without Love – Engelbert Humperdinck
  3. Honey – Bobby Goldsbro
  4. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  5. Rainbow Valley – Love Affair
  6. I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die – The Herd
  7. Joanna – Scott Walker
  8. Do You Know The Way To San Jose – Dionne Warwick
  9. Lazy Sunday – The Small Faces
  10. This Wheel’s On Fire – Julie Driscoll and the Brian Auger Trinity

1969: Race riot in Hartford, Connecticut.


1970: The Falls Road curfew in Belfast, imposed by the British Army while searching for IRA weapons, is lifted after a march by women breaches the British Army cordon.

1971: Evonne Goolagong wins her first career Grand Slam singles title at the French Open Tennis Championships, beating fellow Australian Helen Gourlay 6-3, 7-5.

1972: World leaders attend the funeral in Windsor of the former King Edward VII, the Duke of Windsor.

1974: Sly Stone marries model-actress Kathy Silva on stage at Madison Square Garden before a concert.

1975: During a Pink Floyd recording session for the album Wish You Were Here at Abbey Road Studios, while listening to a playback of the song Shine On You Crazy Diamond, a bald man with no eyebrows walks into the control room. He makes a few comments about the song then leaves without saying goodbye before the band realise it was former member Syd Barrett, the subject of the song they were listening to. They never see him again.

1977: Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a co-star of his live act suffers a fatal bite from a rat it was being fed for breakfast. On the same day, blues musician Sleepy John Estes dies aged 78.

1981: The AIDS epidemic officially begins when the US Centre for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five gay men in Los Angeles.

1982: Martina Navratilova beats American teenager Andrea Jaeger 7-6, 6-1 for her first French Open tennis singles crown.

1984: Indira Gandhi orders an attack on Sikhs’ holiest site, the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

1988: Mats Wilander of Sweden wins his third French Open tennis title, beating home favourite Henri Leconte..

1990: Original Steely Dan drummer Jim Hodder drowns in his swimming pool aged 42.

1993: Country singer Conway Twitty (Harold Lloyd Jenkins) dies from an abdominal aortic aneurysm aged 59. On the same day, singer Mariah Carey marries the President of Sony Music, Tommy Mottola in Manhattan.

1999: Paul Scholes is sent off in the 51st minute of England’s Euro 2000 qualifier against Sweden at Wembley. It was the only time an England player was sent off in an international at the old Wembley Stadium. On the same day, Steffi Graf wins her 22nd and final Grand Slam title, beating Martina Hingis at the French Open.

2002: Dee Dee Ramone, (Douglas Colvin), bass guitarist with The Ramones, dies aged 49 from a heroin overdose.

2004: Former US President Ronald Reagan dies aged 93.

2006: Serbia declares independence from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro.

2008: Ozzy Osbourne accepts undisclosed libel damages and an apology over a Daily Star claim that he was ill at the Brit Awards.

2012: Death of author Ray Bradbury aged 91.

2013: The first article based on NSA leaked documents by contractor Edward Snowden are published by the Guardian Newspaper.

2016: All four members of ABBA perform together for the first time since 1982 at a private gala to mark 50 years since songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson first met. The impromptu performance reportedly begins when Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstadon recite their 1980 hit Me and I as a tribute to their ex husbands before the two men join in. On the same day, Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray to win his first French Open tennis title.

2018: Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in court in New York. On the same day, the UN says that the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families violates international law.

2019: Denmark general election won by Mette Frederiksen’s Social Democrats, defeating Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen’s Liberal party. On the same day, Ohio doctor William Husel is charged with 25 counts of murder for prescribing potentially fatal doses of opioids.

2020: Lady Gaga – Chromatica

2020: Album chart:

  1. Chromatica – Lady Gaga
  2. Disimulation – KSI
  3. Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent – Lewis Capaldi
  4. Future Nostalgia – Dua Lipa
  5. Fine Line – Harry Styles
  6. Golden Hour – Kygo
  7. Polaris – Aitch
  8. Notes On A Conditional Form – The 1975
  9. No6 Collaborations Project – Ed Sheeran
  10. 50 Years – Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac

2021: At least 160 people are killed by suspected Islamist extremists in Solhan, Burkina Faso.

2022: Fifty Nigerian church worshippers, including children, are killed by a gunman. On the same day, Rafa Nadal beats Casper Ruud of Norway, 6–3, 6–3, 6–0 for a record 14th French singles title and 22nd Grand Slam singles title. Also, former Jon Bovi bassist Alec John Such dies aged 70.

2023: Australian woman Kathleen Folbigg is pardoned after 20 years in prison for the murder of her four children, after new genetic research found evidence of gene disorders in the children. On the same day, singer Astrud Gilberto dies aged 83.

Ross Noble

BIRTHDAYS: Moira Anderson, singer, 86; Laurie Anderson, avant garde artist, 77; Sir David Hare, playwright, 77; Ken Follett, author, 75; Barbara Gaskin, singer, 74; Jill Biden, US First Lady, 73; Ellen Foley, singer, 73; Nicko McBrain, drummer, (Iron Maiden) 72; Peter Erskine, drummer, 70; Kenny G (Gorelick), saxophonist, 68; Richard Butler, singer (The Psychedelic Furs) 68; Baron Vaizey of Didcot, politician, 56; Mark Wahlberg, actor, 53; Nina Conti, ventriloquist, 50; Ross Noble, comedian, 48; Emma Crosby, journalist, 47; Pete Wentz, bassist/singer-songwriter (Fall Out Boy) 45; Rodrigo Bentacur, footballer, 27.