June 05

This Day in History

8498 BC

Atlantis Is Destroyed

Whether by asteroid, volcanic eruption, tsunami, or a divine act of the gods, the mysterious "lost city" of Atlantis was destroyed on this day in 8498 BCE, according to Greek philosopher Plato. … (more...)

1989

Tiananmen Square Protester Faces Tanks

On this day in 1989, an anonymous young Chinese protestor—commonly known as "Tank Man" or the "Unknown Rebel" in the West—made history when he stopped a column of Chinese Type 59 tanks that were … (more...)

1963

Profumo resigns in sex scandal

On June 5, 1963, British Secretary of War John Profumo resigns his post following revelations that he had lied to the House of Commons about his sexual affair with 19-year-old call girl Christine … (more...)