1718 Jun 5, Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker was baptized.
1927 Jun 5, Johnny Weissmuller set his 100-yard & 200-yard free-style swim record.
1944 Jun 5, Riccardo Zandonai (61), composer, died.
1994 Jun 5, President Clinton headed across the English Channel aboard the USS George Washington, en route to the 50th anniversary commemoration of D-Day in Normandy.
1997 Jun 5, Harold J. Nicholson, the highest-ranking CIA officer ever caught spying against his own country, was sentenced to 23 1/2 years in prison for selling defense secrets to Russia after the Cold War. Officials later claimed that he and his son continued to make contact with Russian operatives. In 2009 Nicholson and his son were arraigned on charges of money laundering and acting as agents of a foreign government.
1999 Jun 5, Pope John Paul the Second began a 13-day pilgrimage to his native Poland.
2000 Jun 5, Russia’s Pres. Putin traveled to Italy and met with Prime Minister Giuliano Amato. Putin then met with Pope John Paul II.
2003 Jun 5, Pope John Paul II began his landmark 100th foreign pilgrimage with a five-day, five-city tour of Croatia.
2004 Jun 5, Ronald Reagan (b.1911), 40th US president (1981-1989), died in California after a long twilight struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2005 Paul Lettow authored “Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.” It focused on what Reagan said and did. John Ehrman authored “The Eighties: America in the Age of Reagan,” in which he sees Reagan as the embodiment of the conservative movement. In 2006 Richard Reeves authored “President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination.”
2007 Jun 5, US President George W. Bush sought to soothe Moscow’s fury at Washington’s plans to extend its anti-missile shield in Europe, saying in Prague on the eve of the G8 summit that Russia was “not our enemy.”
2007 Jun 5, Tony Mokbel (42), a top Australian fugitive, was arrested in Greece. The next day he accused Australia’s authorities of saddling him with a bogus murder charge to secure his extradition. Mokbel had fled overseas in 2006 while on bail for importing cocaine.
2008 Jun 5, Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to push on with his bid to topple Robert Mugabe at a run-off poll as he returned to the campaign trail a day after being detained by police. The US Embassy said its diplomats and British colleagues were attacked as they tried to investigate Zimbabwe’s political violence.
2009 Jun 5, President Barack Obama toured a World War II concentration camp in Germany after prodding the international community to redouble efforts toward separate Israeli and Palestinian states in hopes of resolving a conflict fueled by the Jewish nation’s post-Holocaust creation.
2010 Jun 5, President Barack Obama on his 3rd visit to Louisiana said that he will stand with Gulf Coast residents “until they are made whole” from the oil spill catastrophe. The containment cap placed on the gusher near the sea floor trapped about 441,000 gallons of oil, up from around 250,000 gallons of oil a day earlier. It’s not clear how much is still escaping; an estimated 500,000 to 1 million gallons of crude is believed to be leaking daily.
2010 Jun 5, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for a global fund to fight ecological catastrophes like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, as he sought to burnish his credentials as a green leader.
2012 Jun 5, In California Joseph Baccala (71) of Sonoma County, was charged with 167 felony counts of grand theft, securities fraud and elder abuse after investigators uncovered a $20 million Ponzi scheme.
2012 Jun 5, Wisconsin Gov .Scott Walker won his recall rematch with Tom Barrett, the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee, by a larger margin than in 2010. Walker became only the third governor to face a recall election—and the first to survive one—since the Progressives came up with this drastic remedy for bad governance more than a century ago.
2013 Jun 5, Pres. Obama appointed Susan Rice (48) as his national security advisor. Samantha Power was nominated to replace Rice as US ambassador to the UN.
2014 Jun 5, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill regulating companies like Uber and Lyft that use ride service apps, making Colorado the first state to legitimize such Internet companies.