The specific term Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was first used in this conflict.

  • The Malaysian Emergency
  • The Northern Ireland Troubles
  • The Second World War
  • The Vietnam War

Today in History: Born on June 5

1723

Adam Smith, Scottish philosopher and economist.

1878

Francisco "Pancho" Villa, Mexican revolutionary and guerrilla leader.

1883

John Maynard Keynes, economist.

1884

Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, British author.

1898

Federico Garcia Lorca, Spanish poet and dramatist.

1915

Alfred Kazin, critic and editor (A Walker in the City).

1919

Richard Scarry, Children's author and illustrator.

1926

David Wagoner, poet and novelist (The Escape Artist).

1932

Christy Brown, Irish novelist and poet (My Left Foot).

1939

Margaret Drabble, English novelist (The Millstone, The Realms of Gold).

1947

David Hare, British playwright and director (A Map of the World, Slag).

1949

Ken Follett, novelist (Eye of the Needle, On The Wings of Eagles).