June 5th – United Nations World Environment Day – This Day in History

June 5, 2010
By Vannini

Notable Births

1723 – Adam Smith, Scottish economist (This is his baptismal date, the actual date of his birth is unknown).

1878 – (Francisco) Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary.

1883 – John Maynard Keynes, English economist, social philosopher.

“Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering what average opinion believes average opinion to be.”
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.”

1919 – Richard Scarry, author, illustrator children’s books.

1939 – Joe Clark, sixteenth Prime Minister of Canada.

1947 – David Hare, British playwright and director.

  • Children always turn to the light.
  • Smiles are the language of love.
  • The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism.
  • Thought is the wind and knowledge the sail.

Notable Deaths

1910 – O. Henry (born William Sydney Porter), American author.

1999 – Mel Tormé, American jazz singer.

2002 – Dee Dee Ramone, bass player for the punk band the Ramones.

2004 – Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America (1981-89), actor.

Notable Events

1783 – Joseph Montgolfier and Jacques Montgolfier publicly demonstrated their hot-air balloon in a 10-minute flight in France.

1794 – Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from enlisting in the service of a foreign power.

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, “Life Among the Lowly” began to appear in serial form in the Washington National Era.

1865 – The first safe-deposit vault was opened in New York City.

1917 – About 10 million American men began registering for the draft in World War I.

1947 – Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech in which he outlined an aid program for Europe that came to be known as “The Marshall Plan.”

1963 – British Secretary of War John Profumo resigned his post following revelations that he had lied to the House of Commons about his sexual affair with Christine Keeler, an alleged prostitute.

1967 – The Six Day War began in Israel. Israel occupied the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt, the Golan Heights of Syria, and the West Bank and Arab sector of East Jerusalem, both previously under Jordanian rule.

1975 – Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.

1981 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five gay men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what came to be known as AIDS.

2002 – Mozilla 1.0, the first “official” version of the Web browser, is released.

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


United Nations: World Environment Day! Go celebrate by visiting a beach in Louisiana, spilling some gasoline on the ground, or driving your car to go buy some product from China you probably don’t need in the first place.  Remember, the gulf disaster is as much our responsibility for supporting politicians who are in bed and subsidizing the oil industry…

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