on this day 6/5 1851 – Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in “The National Era.”


1595 – Henry IV’s army defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.

1752 – Benjamin Franklin flew a kite for the first time to demonstrate that lightning was a form of electricity.

1794 – The U.S. Congress prohibited citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.

1827 – Athens fell to the Ottomans.

1851 – Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” in “The National Era.”

1865 – The first safe deposit vault was opened in New York. The charge was $1.50 a year for every $1,000 that was stored.

1884 – U.S. Civil War General William T. Sherman refused the Republican presidential nomination, saying, “I will not accept if nominated and will not serve if elected.”

1917 – American men began registering for the World War I draft.

1924 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson transmitted the first facsimile message across the Atlantic Ocean.

1927 – Johnny Weissmuller set two world records in swimming events. Weissmuller set marks in the 100-yard, and 200-yard, free-style swimming competition.

1933 – President Roosevelt signed the bill that took the U.S. off of the gold standard.

1940 – During World War II, the Battle of France began when Germany began an offensive in Southern France.

1942 – In France, Pierre Laval congratulated French volunteers that were fighting in the U.S.S.R. with Germans.

1944 – The first B-29 bombing raid hit the Japanese rail line in Bangkok, Thailand.

1946 – The first medical sponges were first offered for sale in Detroit, MI.

1947 – U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave a speech at Harvard University in which he outlined the Marshall Plan.

1956 – Premier Nikita Khrushchev denounced Josef Stalin to the Soviet Communist Party Congress.

1967 – The National Hockey League (NHL) awarded three new franchises. The Minnesota North Stars (later the Dallas Stars), the California Golden Seals (no longer in existence) and the Los Angeles Kings.

1967 – The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt, Syria and Jordan began.

1973 – The first hole-in-one in the British Amateur golf championship was made by Jim Crowford.

1975 – Egypt reopened the Suez Canal to international shipping, eight years after it was closed because of the 1967 war with Israel.

1981 – In the U.S., the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that five men in Los Angeles were suffering from a rare pneumonia found in patients with weakened immune systems. They were the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.

1986 – A federal jury in Baltimore convicted Ronald W. Pelton of selling secrets to the Soviet Union. Pelton was sentenced to three life prison terms plus 10 years.

1987 – Ted Koppel and guests discussed the topic of AIDS for four hours on ABC-TV’s “Nightline”.

1998 – A strike began at a General Motors Corp. parts factory near Detroit, MI, that closed five assembly plants and idled workers across the U.S. for seven weeks.

1998 – Volkswagen AG won approval to buy Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for $700 million, outbidding BMW’s $554 million offer.

1998 – A strike at a General Motors parts factory began. It lasted for seven weeks.

2001 – Amazon.com announced that it would begin selling personal computers later in the year.

2004 – The U.S.S. Jimmy Carter was christened in the U.S. Navy in Groton, CT.

We’re hiring Seattle’s next mayor — shouldn’t we interview the applicants?


We are Working Washington

We, the people of Seattle, are hiring a new mayor and two City Council members. Working Washington wants your help interviewing them for the jobs.

Tell us what to ask the candidates in their “job interviews.”

Workers need to know as much as we can about all the candidates before we vote — and we’re looking at some crowded races. As the Seattle Times put it, “the once-drowsy Seattle mayor race has become a mind-boggling free-for-all with more than a dozen serious candidates.” Plus, there are 15 candidates for two City Council positions.

Running Seattle is a big job — and since we’re the ones hiring for it, we want a chance to interview the candidates. We should all get to ask candidates about the issues that are most important to us, and find out who is going to hear what Seattle workers have to say.

What do you want to ask Seattle’s mayor and City Council candidates?

Your questions will help us give the candidates a “job interview” before the primary. We’ll be in touch soon with more details.

Thanks for your help,
Emily, Working Washington

Source: With Ed Murray out, ho-hum Seattle mayoral race now a free-for-all, Seattle Times, 5/14/2017