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Today in History: June 5

Today is Saturday, June 5, the 156th day of 2021. There are 209 days left in the year. 

Israeli air force Dassault Mirage III fighters flying over the Sinai peninsula at the Israeli-Egyptian border on the first day of the Six-Day Arab-Israeli war on June 5, 1967. The Arab-Israeli war of June 1967, or Six-Day War, radically changed the map of the Middle East. Between June 5 and 10, Israel defeated Egypt, Jordan and Syria and occupied Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and Syria's Golan Heights.

Today’s Highlight in History

On June 5, 1967: War erupted in the Middle East as Israel, anticipating a possible attack by its Arab neighbors, launched a series of pre-emptive airfield strikes that destroyed nearly the entire Egyptian air force; Syria, Jordan and Iraq immediately entered the conflict. 

On this date

In 1794: Congress passed the Neutrality Act, which prohibited Americans from taking part in any military action against a country that was at peace with the United States. 

In 1912: U.S. Marines landed in Cuba at the order of President William Howard Taft to ensure order and protect U.S. interests. 

In 1917: About 10 million American men between the ages of 21 and 31 began registering for the draft in World War I.

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