Today in History 6/6/19

Published 8:22 am Thursday, June 6, 2019

Today is Thursday, June 6, the 157th day of 2019. There are 208 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on “D-Day” as they began the liberation of German-occupied Western Europe.

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In 1654, Queen Christina of Sweden abdicated; she was succeeded by her cousin, Charles X Gustav.

In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia.

In 1816, a snowstorm struck the northeastern U.S., heralding what would become known as the “Year Without a Summer.”

In 1918, U.S. Marines suffered heavy casualties as they launched their eventually successful counteroffensive against German troops in the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in France.

In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was “Wives Beware,” starring Adolphe Menjou.)

In 1939, the first Little League game was played as Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy 23-8 in Williamsport, Pa.

In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy died at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 25-1/2 hours after he was shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes.

In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.)

In 1985, authorities in Brazil exhumed a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious “Angel of Death” of the Nazi Holocaust.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama visited the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Summer Bird won the Belmont Stakes, rallying past Mine That Bird to spoil jockey Calvin Borel’s attempt at winning all three legs of the Triple Crown. Svetlana Kuznetsova beat top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian final at the French Open.

Five years ago: Men who’d stormed Normandy’s shore 70 years earlier joined world leaders in paying tribute to the 150,000 Allied troops who risked and lost their lives in the D-Day landings.

One year ago: Breaking with President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan said there was no evidence that the FBI had planted a “spy” in Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to hurt his chances at the polls. Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had spent more than two decades behind bars for drug offenses; her cause had been championed by reality TV star Kim Kardashian West. Carrie Underwood continued to make history as the most decorated act at the CMT Music Awards as a new award for female video of the year gave her 18 wins overall; Blake Shelton walked away with the night’s top prize, video of the year. Hall of Fame second baseman Red Schoendienst, who also managed the St. Louis Cardinals to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died at the age of 95.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary “U.S.” Bonds is 80. Country singer Joe Stampley is 76. Jazz musician Monty Alexander is 75. Actor Robert Englund is 72. Folk singer Holly Near is 70. Singer Dwight Twilley is 68. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is 67. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 67. Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 64. International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 63. Actress Amanda Pays is 60. Comedian Colin Quinn is 60. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 60. Rock musician Steve Vai is 59. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 58. Actor Jason Isaacs is 56. Actor Anthony Starke is 56. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 53. Actor Max Casella is 52. Actor Paul Giamatti is 52. Rhythm and blues singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 51. Rock musician James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn) is 49. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 47. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 46. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 45. Actress Sonya Walger is 45. Actress Staci Keanan is 44. Jazz singer Somi is 43. Actress Amber Borycki is 36. Actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is 12.

Thought for Today: “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” — Carl Jung (1875-1961).