Today is Friday, June 6, the 158th day of 2008. There are 208 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 6, 1944, the "D-Day" invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France.
On this date:
In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation, Va.
In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association was founded in London.
In 1918, American 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 Corporation.
In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater was opened by Richard Hollingshead in Camden County, N.J. (The movie shown was "Wives Beware," an Adolphe Menjou comedy previously released under the title "Two White Arms.")
In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission was established.
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, a day 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.)
Ten years ago: The U.N. Security Council demanded in a unanimous vote that India and Pakistan refrain from further nuclear tests and sign nuclear control agreements. Real Quiet was denied horse racing's Triple Crown as Victory Gallop won the Belmont Stakes by a nose.
Five years ago: The government reported the U.S. unemployment rate had hit a nine-year high of 6.1 percent the previous month. Already the holder of U.S. rights to the Olympics through 2008, NBC secured the contracts for the 2010 and 2012 games for $2.2 billion.
One year ago: The Group of Eight summit opened in Heiligendamm, Germany. Police arrested a man in the abduction and death of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, whose body was found in a Missouri park four days after she'd disappeared from a Kansas store's parking lot. Police in Connecticut looking for clues in the yearlong disappearance of a 15-year-old Bloomfield girl reported finding her locked in a hidden room in a West Hartford home owned by an acquaintance of her parents. (Adam Gault later pleaded guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting the girl.) The Anaheim Ducks captured the Stanley Cup with a 6-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Bob Barker taped his last episode of CBS' "The Price Is Right."
Today's Birthdays: Actress Billie Whitelaw is 76. Civil rights activist Roy Innis is 74. Singer Levi Stubbs is 72. Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 69. Country singer Joe Stampley is 65. Actor Robert Englund is 59. Folk singer Holly Near is 59. Singer Dwight Twilley is 57. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 54. Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 53. Tennis player Bjorn Borg is 52. Actress Amanda Pays is 49. Comedian Colin Quinn is 49. Record producer Jimmy Jam is 49. Rock musician Steve Vai is 48. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 47. Actor Jason Isaacs is 45. Rock musician Sean Yseult (White Zombie) is 42. Actor Max Casella is 41. Actor Paul Giamatti is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 40. Rock musician Bardi Martin is 39. Rock musician James "Munky" Shaffer (Korn) is 38. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 36. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 35. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 34. Actress Staci Keanan is 33.
Thought for Today: "Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder." _ Paul Valery, French poet (1871-1945).