June 5, 1964:
The submersible vehicle Alvin is commissioned
by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Its first significant mission occurs two years later, when Alvin dives to explore the possible site of a hydrogen bomb lost by a U.S. plane off the coast of Palomares, Spain. Alvin (at right) becomes a mainstay of deep ocean exploration and discovery.
June 5, 1976: The Grand Teton Dam in Idaho collapses shortly after its completion. The floodwaters claim 11 lives and cause millions of dollars in property damage.
June 5, 1986:
After several years of heavy rain and snow, Utah's Great Salt Lake reaches an all-time high water level
. The landlocked lake had risen roughly 20 feet since the 1960s. The lake swamped a causeway, flooded coastal structures, and menaced a industrial waste sites and Interstate Highway 80. A return to drier weather and an intensive pumping project reduce the threat over the next year.
June 5, 2006:
Jay Leno opines on a soon-to-be Oscar-winning documentary on the "Tonight Show." "This past weekend, Al Gore's movie, 'An Inconvenient Truth
,' earned more per screen than any film in the country. ... I dare say Gore's movie is the highest grossing PowerPoint presentation in history."