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Calendar for June 5th, 2014

World Environment Day

In 1972, the United Nations General Assembly established this observance to raise environmental awareness worldwide. (The event’s June 5 date was chosen to coincide that first year with the start of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, in Stockholm, Sweden.) Each year, a related international event takes place, as well as events in many countries, such as bicycle parades and tree planting.


  • 1876: Bananas were sold as a novelty at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia

  • 1900s

  • Died 1900: Stephen Crane (author)

  • 1910s

  • Died 1910: O. Henry (author)

  • 1915: Danish women were granted the right to vote

  • 1920s

  • Born 1928: Tony Richardson (director of film)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1934: Bill Moyers (journalist)

  • 1940s

  • 1944: US troops liberate Rome (WWII)

  • 1947: The Marshall plan is announced by US Secretary of State George C. Marshall in address at Harvard University

  • 1960s

  • Born 1968: Ron Livingston (actor)

  • 1968: Robert Kennedy was shot by Sirhan Sirhan at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles

  • 1970s

  • Born 1971: Mark Wahlberg (actor)

  • 1976: Teton Dam in southeastern Idaho collapsed, resulting in a flood that killed 11 and left 30,000 homeless. The flood caused an estimated $1 billion in damages and nearly wiped out the Idaho cattle industry

  • Born 1977: Liza Weil (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1993: Conway Twitty (country music singer)

  • Died 1998: Jeanette Nolan (actress)

  • Died 1999: Mel Torme (singer)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2004: Ronald Reagan (40th U.S. president)

  • Died 2009: Jeff Hanson (singer & songwriter)

  • 2010s

  • Died 2012: Ray Bradbury (science fiction author)

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