This Day in History: June 5

Also on this day:

  • 1794: Congress passes the Neutrality Act, which prohibits Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that is at peace with the United States.
  • 1917: About 10 million American men between the ages of 21 and 31 begin registering for the draft in World War I.
  • 1933: The United States goes off the gold standard.
  • 1967: The “Six-Day War” erupts in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launches a series of preemptive airfield strikes that destroyed nearly the entire Egyptian air force; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict.

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