June 5

1783

Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier gave the first successful balloon flight demonstration.

1884

Civil War hero Gen. William T. Sherman refused the Republican nomination for president with the words, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

1933

The United States went off the gold standard.

1947

Sen. George Marshall proposed a plan (Marshall Plan) to help Europe recover financially from the effects of World War II.

1967

The Arab-Israeli Six-Day War began.

1968

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot by an assassin and died the next day.

1981

The Centers for Disease Control published the first report about the disease that would later become known as AIDS.

2002

Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home.

2004

Former president Ronald Reagan died.

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