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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, June 6, 2017

On June 6, 1944, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops began crossing the English Channel in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. It was the largest invasion in history.

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A member of the the U.S. Navy's Second Beach Battalion disassembles a German Beetle remote-controlled miniature explosive tank on Utah Beach on June 11, 1944. These vehicles were built as mobile anti-landing craft mines. Photographed by Combat Photo Unit Eight (CPU-8). Note the DUKY in the immediate background. Photo by U.S. Navy/National Archives/UPI
A member of the the U.S. Navy's Second Beach Battalion disassembles a German Beetle remote-controlled miniature explosive tank on Utah Beach on June 11, 1944. These vehicles were built as mobile anti-landing craft mines. Photographed by Combat Photo Unit Eight (CPU-8). Note the DUKY in the immediate background. Photo by U.S. Navy/National Archives/UPI | License Photo

Today is Tuesday, June 6, the 157th day of 2017 with 208 to follow.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mercury, Venus, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Evening stars are Jupiter and Saturn.

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Spanish painter Diego Velazquez in 1599; American patriot Nathan Hale in 1755; painter John Trumbull in 1756; Russian poet Aleksandr Pushkin in 1799; clothier David T. Abercrombie in 1867; British antarctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott in 1868; German novelist Thomas Mann in 1875; bandleader Ted Lewis in 1892; Indonesian dictator Achmed Sukarno in 1901; bandleader Jimmie Lunceford in 1902; singer Levi Stubbs in 1936; singer and Gary "U.S." Bonds in 1939 (age 78); Olympic gold medal sprinter/protester Tommie Smith in 1944 (age 73); actor David Dukes in 1945; actor Robert Englund in 1947 (age 70); actor Harvey Fierstein in 1952 (age 65); comedian Sandra Bernhard in 1955 (age 62); tennis player Bjorn Borg in 1956 (age 61); actor Amanda Pays in 1959 (age 58); actor Paul Giamatti in 1967 (age 50).


On this date in history:

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In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association -- YMCA -- was founded in London.

In 1872, feminist Susan B. Anthony was fined for voting in an election in Rochester, N.Y. She refused to pay the fine and a judge allowed her to go free.

In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opened -- in Camden, N.J.

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In 1944, hundreds of thousands of Allied troops began crossing the English Channel in the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. It was the largest invasion in history.

In 1966, James Meredith, who in 1962 became the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi, was shot by a sniper during a civil rights "March Against Fear" walk in the South. Meredith was hospitalized and recovered from his wounds, later rejoining the long march, which he had originated.

In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. attorney general, died the day after he was struck by an assassin's bullets in California. He was 42.

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In 1972, a coal mine explosion in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), trapped 464 miners underground. More than 425 people died.

In 1982, thousands of Israeli forces pushed deep into Lebanon in an effort to defeat Palestinian guerrillas sheltering in southern border region and near the capital of Beirut. Syria said its forces joined the fighting in a major escalation of the conflict.

In 2007, the remains of thousands of Jews killed by Nazis during World War II were unearthed from a mass grave found by workers digging pipelines in Ukraine.

In 2009, a fire that inspectors said began in a tire store next door destroyed a childcare center in Hermosillo, Mexico, killing 35 children ages 1-5 and injuring about 100 others.

In 2012, a U.N. report said if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources are not reversed, the world will face "unprecedented levels of damage and degradation."

In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, said they were separating after three decades of marriage. In April 2014, the Kremlin said they had divorced.

In 2014, world leaders at D-Day 70th anniversary ceremonies in France included U.S. President Barack Obama, who told aging World War II veterans at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial above Omaha Beach: "Gentlemen, we are truly humbled by your presence today."


A thought for the day: "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." -- Hubert H. Humphrey

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