On this day in history, D-Day begins on the beaches of Normandy

June 6th

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 4:00pm

1833 - Andrew Jackson became the first U.S. president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train.

1865 - Confederate raider Wiliam Quantrill died from shot in the back that he received while escaping from a Union patrol near Taylorsville, KY.

1882 - The first electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely.

1904 - The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ.

1925 - Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler.

1932 - In the U.S., the first federal tax on gasoline went into effect. It was a penny per gallon.

1936 - The first helicopter was tested in a building in Berlin, Germany.

1942 - Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway. The battle had begun on June 4.

1944 - The D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

1946 - The Basketball Association of America was formed in New York City, NY.

1968 - U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at 1:44am in Los Angeles after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was was shot the evening before while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination.



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