This Day in History: June 5

Six-Day War in the Golan Heights

1967 – Start of the Six-Day War. Israel—amid rising tensions with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan—staged a preemptive air assault and soundly defeated those Arab countries, notably seizing the Old City of Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip before a cease-fire.

HIV/AIDS; retrovirus

1981 – AIDS was reported for the first time, following the detection of a rare form of pneumonia in five homosexual men in Los Angeles.


1849 – The absolute monarchy in Denmark was abolished and replaced by a new constitution that established a constitutional monarchy with a parliament, as well as freedom of the press, religious freedom, and the right to hold meetings and form associations.

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