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Today in History Today is Sunday, June 6, the 157th day of 2021. There are 208 days left in…

Today in history

Today is Sunday, June 6, the 157th day of 2021. There are 208 days left in the year.

The highlight of today’s story:

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.

To this date :

In 1816, a snowstorm hit the northeastern United States, heralding what would become the “Year Without Summer”.

In 1918, the US Marines suffered heavy losses when they launched their ultimately successful counteroffensive against German troops at the Battle of Belleau Wood in France during World War I.

In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established.

In 1939, Little League’s first game was when Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy 23-8 in Williamsport, PA.

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

In 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, 25 and a half hours after being shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan.

In 1977, a widely divided United States Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law imposing an automatic death penalty on defendants convicted of the first degree murder of a police officer.

In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for deep 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 1989, funeral services were held for Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. Washington State Democrat Tom Foley succeeded Jim Wright as Speaker of the House.

In 2001, Democrats formally took control of the US Senate after Vermont Republican James Jeffords decided to become independent.

In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that people who smoked marijuana because their doctors recommended it for pain relief could be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws.

Ten years ago: After days of denials, New York Democratic Representative Anthony Weiner confessed he tweeted a photo of his bulging underwear to a woman and admitted to having “inappropriate” exchanges with six women before and after marriage; Weiner apologized for lying but said he wouldn’t quit (which he ended up doing). The Bowl Championship Series deprived Southern California of its 2004 title after the Trojans were hit with heavy penalties from the NCAA for rule violations committed during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

Five years ago: A Los Angeles jury handed down a death sentence for Lonnie Franklin Jr., the serial killer known as the “Grim Sleeper” who murdered nine women and a teenage girl over several decades. Theresa Saldana, the “Raging Bull” actress who survived a brutal stalker attack to become a victims of crime lawyer and resumed her acting career with “The Commish” and others television shows, died in Los Angeles at age 61.

A year ago: Tens of thousands of people gathered in cities from Australia to Europe to honor George Floyd and express their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Massive and peaceful protests took place across the country to demand police reform, as services for George Floyd were held in North Carolina, near his birthplace. Thousands of people have once again taken to the streets and parks of New York City to protest police brutality; the police withdrew on the application of a curfew at 8 p.m. which had led to clashes. Seattle police used flash bangs and pepper spray to disperse a crowd of protesters on the ninth consecutive day of George Floyd’s protests in the city. The Brazilian government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections; the country’s latest official figures showed it had the third highest death toll in the world. The coronavirus pandemic and its confinements have left Omaha Beach in Normandy largely deserted for the D-Day anniversary celebration.

Today’s Birthdays: Singer-songwriter Gary “US” Bonds is 82 years old. Country singer Joe Stampley is 78 years old. Jazz musician Monty Alexander is 77 years old. Actor Robert Englund is 74 years old. Folk singer Holly Near is 72 years old. Singer Dwight Twilley is 70 years old. Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Is 69 years old. Dramatic actor Harvey Fierstein (FY’-ur-steen) is 69 years old. The actress Sandra Bernhard is 66 years old. International Tennis Hall of Fame Bjorn Borg is 65 years old. Actor Amanda Pays is 62 years old. Comedian Colin Quinn is 62 years old. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 62 years old. Rock musician Steve Vai is 61 years old. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 60 years old. Actor Jason Isaacs is 58 years old. Actor Anthony Starke is 58 years old. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 55 years old. Actor Max Casella is 54 years old. Actor Paul Giamatti is 54 years old. R&B singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 53 years old. Rock musician James “Munky” Shaffer (Korn) is 51 years old. Television correspondent Natalie Morales is 49 years old. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 48. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 47 years old. Actor Sonya Walger is 47 years old. Actor Staci Keanan is 46 years old. Jazz singer Somi is 45 years old. Actor Amber Borycki is 38 years old. Actor Aubrey Anderson-Emmons is 14 years old.

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