On this Day June 5
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1934 – Emmy-winning journalist and commentator Bill Moyers
1956 – Grammy-winning saxophonist Kenny G, born Kenny Gorelick
1964 – Best-selling author Rick Riordan (“Percy Jackson & the Olympians,” “The Kane Chronicles,” “The Maze of Bones”)
1967 – Actor Ron Livingston, best known for his roles in the movie “Office Space” and TV’s “Band of Brothers,” “The Practice” and “Sex and the City”
1971 – Actor-producer Mark Wahlberg, whose career began as lead singer of the rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (“Boogie Nights,” “Planet of the Apes,” “The Italian Job,” “The Departed,” “Max Payne,” “The Fighter,” “Ted,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Deepwater Horizon,” “Patriots Day,” “Instant Family”)
1974 – Actor Chad Allen (“Our House,” “My Two Dads,” “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman”)
1933 – The U.S. goes off the gold standard, a monetary system in which currency is backed by gold, when Congress enacts a joint resolution nullifying the right of creditors to demand payment in gold.
1967 – Israel responds to an ominous build-up of Arab forces along its borders by launching simultaneous attacks against Egypt and Syria. And so begins the Six-Day War.
1968 – Senator Robert Kennedy is fatally shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. He is just 42, four years younger than his brother, President John F. Kennedy, when he was assassinated in November 1963.
1981 – The “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that five people in Los Angeles have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognized cases of AIDS.
1998 – More than 3,400 unionized General Motors (GM) workers at a Flint, Michigan plant begin a 54-day strike — the longest walkout at GM in nearly three decades. Later joined by more than 5,000 workers from a nearby plant, the strike causes parts shortages that force some 30 GM assembly plants to shut down.
2004 – Ronald Reagan, the Hollywood actor who became one of the most popular presidents of the 20th century and transformed the political landscape of an era with his vision of conservative government, dies at age 93 following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
2012 – Prolific science fiction author Ray Bradbury, whose books include such classics as “The Martian Chronicles,” “Fahrenheit 451” and “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” dies at the age of 91.
1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, “Hound Dog,” on “The Milton Berle Show,” shocking a national TV audience with his suggestive hip movements.
1961 – Roy Orbison claims the top spot on the pop chart for a week with “Running Scared.”
1965 – The Beach Boys are at No. 1 on the singles chart for a second and final week with “Help Me, Rhonda.”
1976 – “Love Hangover,” by Diana Ross, begins its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1983 – During a 48-date North American tour, U2 plays at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver. The show is recorded and released as “U2 Live At Red Rocks: Under A Blood Red Sky.”
1993 – Janet Jackson is midway through an eight-week ride atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “That’s The Way Love Goes,” off her album “janet.”
1999 – Ricky Martin enjoys his fifth and final week as king of the pop chart with “Livin’ La Vida Loca.” The track picks up four Grammy nominations and helps ignite the Latin pop explosion.
2005 – Topping the Billboard Hot 100 for a third straight week is Usher with “Burn.”