spotlight Today In History, June 6: D-Day Jun 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Thursday, June 6.Today's Highlight in History: 1799: Patrick Henry In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia. AP 1918: Battle of Belleau Wood 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. AP 1944: D-Day 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. AP 1966: James Meredith In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration. AP 1968: Robert F. Kennedy 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. AP 1978: Proposition 13 In 1978, California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 13, a primary ballot initiative calling for major cuts in property taxes. AP 1982: Middle East In 1982, Israeli forces invaded Lebanon to drive Palestine Liberation Organization fighters out of the country. (The Israelis withdrew in June 1985.) AP 1985: Josef Mengele 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. AP 2009: Barack Obama Omaha Beach Ten years ago: President Barack Obama visited the American cemetery at Omaha Beach in France to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day. AP 2009: Belmont Stakes Ten years ago: 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. AP 2009: French Open Ten years ago: Svetlana Kuznetsova beat top-ranked Dinara Safina 6-4, 6-2 in an all-Russian final at the French Open. AP 2014: D-Day 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. AP 2018: CMT Music Awards One year ago: 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. AP 2018: Donald Trump & Paul Ryan 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. AP 2018: Red Schoendienst One year ago: 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. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended View All Promotions promotion spotlight AP How much coffee trivia do you know? promotion spotlight Famous Mother's Trivia Quiz More Latest Local Offers Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center Miracle-Ear Hearing Aid Center FREE Hearing Test, Don’t Wait Call Today! Santa Maria Family Dentistry $99 New Patient Special (if no insurance) Dr. Jon Bridger - Santa Barbara Podiatry Contact us for all your foot and ankle needs!