Orlando Sentinel - - People & Arts -

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.

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