TODAY IN HISTORY
On June 5, 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 on the order of President William Howard Taft to ensure order and protect U.S. interests.
In 1933, the United States went off the gold standard.
In 1950, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down racially segregated railroad dining cars.
In 1981, the Centers for Disease Control reported the first recognized cases of what later became known as AIDS.
In 1999, jazz and pop singer Mel Torme died in Los Angeles at age 73.
In 2004, Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, died in Los Angeles at age 93 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.