On This Day

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  1. Craig Swanson

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    JUNE 4:

    • 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre: Chinese troops clear the square of student protesters, unofficial figures place death toll near 1,000.

    • 1760 Great Upheaval: New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians

    • 1940 British complete the "Miracle of Dunkirk" by evacuating 338,226 allied troops from France via a flotilla of over 800 vessels including Royal Navy destroyers, merchant marine boats, fishing boats, pleasure craft and even lifeboats

    • 1945 US, Soviet Union, Britain and France agree to divide up occupied Germany

    • 1989 Eastern Europe's 1st partial free elections in 40 years held in Poland, Solidarity Party comes to power.
     
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    June 4th 1896:. Henry Ford took his first car called a "quadricycle," for a night-time drive in Detroit. The test was delayed briefly because the car was wider than the door of the shed in which it was built.

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    ON THIS DAY June 6:

    1944 - Europe Operation Overlord / D-Day

    1944 : Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gives the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord / D-Day by British, Canadian and American forces and a million Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in northern France.

    1933 : The first concrete was poured today on creating the Boulder Dam and is work is expected to last for a further 3 years to create the tallest dam in the world. The base of the Dam will be 660 ft thick and will rise over 700 ft when completed.1933 :

    1975 : The UK has it's first nationwide referendum over the continued membership of the European Economic Community. 2/3 of voters support the government's campaign to stay in the EEC, or Common Market.


    2001 : A Los Angeles court awards $3bn in punitive damages to Richard Boeken against cigarette maker Philip Morris saying they did not do enough to warn him of the dangers of smoking.


    1984 : The Indian government sends army troops into the Sikh rebel held Golden Temple compound in Amritsar the holiest shrine of Sikhism where they kill at least 500 Sikh rebels.

    1933 : The first drive in movie theater is opened in Camden, NJ. 1933 : The first drive in movie theater is opened in Camden, NJ.
     
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    Omaha Beach

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    The 75th Anniversary of D-Day was held in the UK and France yesterday. They interviewed several nonagenarians from the dreadful battle. One a Brit who was in the landing one an Aussie who bombed the Normandy coastline before the actual landings. Today both live in the same Sydney nursing home.
     
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    I watched an interview today of Jake Larson, 96 year old D-Day veteran from the U.S. and heard his story. I'd post the web page video, but it will probably be moved in a day or two. . His positive attitude was so refreshing.. It was certainly a different generation.

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    I watched it. Jake has still got all his marbles. God bless you old fellar.
     
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    June 9:
    • Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, imploring his secretary Epaphroditos to slit his throat to evade a Senate-imposed death by flogging
    • 721 Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse
    • 1549 Book of Common Prayer is adopted by the Church of England
    • 1815 End of the Congress of Vienna: New European political situation is set
    • 1856 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts
    • 1977 Silver jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.1997 British lease on the New Territories in Hong Kong expires
     
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    June 12:

    1964 Nelson Mandela is sentenced to life in prison
    The South African anti-apartheid activist spent 27 years in prison. In 1993, he received the Nobel Peace Prize and one year later he became President of South Africa


    1994 The world's largest twinjet takes off on its maiden flight. The Boeing 777, or Triple Seven, typically transports up to 451 passengers. It is one of Boeing's commercially most successful planes.

    1991 Boris Yeltsin becomes Russia's first President. After the end of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin launched radical economic reforms that aimed at dismantling socialism and restore capitalism.

    1987 Ronald Reagan challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”The U.S. President held his famous speech near the Berlin Wall, one of the most important symbols for the division between East and West during the Cold War. The wall was dismantled in 1989, but many observers doubt that Reagan's famous catchphrase had any impact on this decision.

    2016 Mass Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida Kills 49 PeopleIn what is now thought to be one of the deadliest incidents of violence against LGBTQ people in history, the shooting committed by 29-year old Omar Mateen is also the second deadliest terrorist attack on US soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
     
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    1987 - I married the sweetest man on earth. :)
     
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    Happy Anniversary!!
     
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