Sunday 6 June 2021
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.
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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 crime victims 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 bang devices 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. 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. 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.
Monday, June 7, 2021
Today is Monday, June 7, the 158th day of 2021. There are 207 days left in the year.
The highlight of today’s story:
On June 7, 1942, the Battle of Midway ended with a decisive victory for US naval forces over Imperial Japan, marking a turning point in the Pacific War.
To this date :
In 1712, the Pennsylvania Colonial Assembly voted to ban all further importation of slaves.
In 1776, Richard Henry Lee of Virginia proposed a resolution to the Continental Congress declaring “that these united colonies are, and should be, free and independent states.”
In 1892, Homer Plessy, a “colored Creole,” was arrested for refusing to leave a white car on the East Louisiana Railroad. (In ruling on her case, the United States Supreme Court upheld “separate but equal” racial segregation, a concept she renounced in 1954.)
In 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into being when copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.
In 1937, the movie star Jean Harlow died in Los Angeles at the age of 26.
In 1954, British mathematician, computer pioneer and code breaker Alan Turing died at age 41, an apparent suicide. (Turing, convicted in 1952 of “gross indecency” for a same-sex relationship, was pardoned in 2013.
In 1958, singer-songwriter Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson in Minneapolis.
In 1965, the United States Supreme Court, in Griswold v. Connecticut, struck down, 7-2, a Connecticut law used to sue a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Haven for providing contraceptives to married couples.
In 1981, Israeli military planes destroyed a nuclear power plant in Iraq, a facility the Israelis accused could have been used to manufacture nuclear weapons.
In 1993, the United States Supreme Court ruled that religious groups could sometimes meet on school property after hours. The ground was laid for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
In 1998, in a crime that shocked the nation, James Byrd Jr., a 49-year-old black man, was hung by a chain to a pickup truck and dragged to his death in Jasper, Texas. (Two white men were subsequently sentenced to death; one, Lawrence Russell Brewer, was executed in 2011 and the other, John William King, was executed in April 2019. A third accused was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole.)
In 2004, a constant, near-silent flow of people walked through the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, where the body of the country’s 40th president lay before heading to Washington two days later for a funeral. national. .
Ten years ago: Muammar Gaddafi opposed NATO’s heaviest and most punitive airstrikes to date, saying in an audio speech broadcast on Libyan State TV: “We will not kneel down ! Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the al-Qaida mastermind behind the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, was killed at a security checkpoint in Mogadishu by Somali forces.
Five years ago: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump claimed their parties’ presidential nominations following contests in New Jersey, California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. Five people were killed and four were injured when a pickup truck struck a large group of cyclists from behind on a two-lane highway in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. (The driver of the van, Charles Pickett Jr., who was under the influence of drugs, was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 40 years in prison.)
A year ago: A majority of Minneapolis city council members said they supported dismantling the police department. (The idea was later blocked, but it became part of a national debate over police reform.) Peaceful protests against the death of George Floyd continued in New York City, as Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced the end of the 8 p.m. curfew. effect. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has lifted the city’s curfew and the city has reopened downtown stations after days of protests that have remained largely peaceful. Thousands of people have taken to the streets of European cities to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A Johns Hopkins University tally found the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 topped 400,000. Tropical Storm Cristobal landed in Louisiana, sending dangerous weather conditions much further east across the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama and causing a tornado in Florida.
Today’s Birthdays: Director James Ivory is 93 years old. Actress Virginia McKenna is 90 years old. Singer Tom Jones is 81 years old. Poet Nikki Giovanni is 78 years old. Former talk show host Jenny Jones is 75. Americana singer-songwriter Willie Nile is 73 years old. Actress Anne Twomey is 70. Actor Liam Neeson is 69 years old. Actor Colleen Camp is 68 years old. Author Louise Erdrich (UR’-drihk) is 67 years old. Actor William Forsythe is 66 years old. Record producer LA Reid is 65. Latino pop singer Juan Luis Guerra is 64 years old. Former Vice President Mike Pence is 62 years old. The singer-rock musician Gordon Gano (The Violent Women) is 58 years old. Rock musician Eric Kretz (Stone Temple Pilots) is 55 years old. Rock musician Dave Navarro is 54 years old. Actress Helen Baxendale is 51 years old. Senator Ben Ray Luján, DN.M., is 49 years old. Actor Karl Urban is 49 years old. TV personality Bear Grylls is 47 years old. Rock musician Eric Johnson (The Shins) is 45 years old. Actor Adrienne Frantz is 43 years old. Actor-comedian Bill Hader is 43 years old. Actor Anna Torv is 42 years old. Actress Larisa Oleynik (oh-LAY’-nihk) is 40 years old. Former tennis player Anna Kournikova is 40 years old. Actor Michael Cera is 33 years old. Actor Shelley Buckner is 32 years old. Rapper Iggy Azalea is 31 years old. Model actress Emily Ratajkowski is 30 years old. Rapper Fetty Wap is 30 years old.