June 5 in history

One of the first personal computers, the Apple II, goes on sale on June 5, 1977.

 

In a joint resolution, the U.S. Congress overturns the United States’ use of the gold standard on June 5, 1933.

 

On June 5, 1956, Elvis Presley debuts “Hound Dog” on NBC’s “Milton Berle Show” in a show-stopping performance.

The 21-year-old set aside his acoustic guitar and for the first time on TV showed off the gyrating pelvis moves that would 1) startle and outrage parents and other responsible adults coast to coast and 2) make him the hottest-ever star among teens.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on June 5, 1981, issues a report on five gay men in Los Angeles with a rare pneumonia – later identified as the AIDS virus.

 

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart is awoken and kidnapped at knife-point from her family’s Salt Lake City home on June 5, 2002. She’s found alive nine months later 18 miles away, having been held by the family’s onetime handyman Brian David Mitchell and his accomplice Wanda Barzee.

Both are eventually convicted.

 

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One Response to June 5 in history

  1. jaime B. Urroz

    That June 5, 1956 performance of “Hound Dog”, by Elvis on Milton Berle, at NBC, his second appearance in that show, brought about the most extraordinary response in the history of television. Letters of protest, within the week? Well, the number ranges between 400,000 and 800,000 both of which at one time or another having been referred to by Berle himself. The Catholic Church’s reaction? In a week’s time, an article at “America”, the Jesuits voice in the US, naming him the devil’s incarnate. Asked his opionoon on the matter, Cardinal Spellman of NY, agreed (LOL). Luckily for Elvis (LOL), “only” 22 million watched that show, according to reports by TRENDEX, the precursor to NIELSEN. Sales of his records? In the millions, within that same week, forcing him, in fact, to record the song, which he did less than three weeks later, in New York, on July 2. Demand for his appearances on TV ? Right to the roof, with Steve Allen being the first to sign him, within the week. Historians always refer to Presley’s first appearcnce at ed Sullivan, at CBS, on 9 september, which drew 62 million, as the definite moment for Elvis, but it was this June 5, 1956 appearance at the Milton Berle Show that really did the job for him.

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