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Jun 6, 2012 10:37 AM by AP

Today in History 06.06.12

Today is Wednesday, June 6, the 158th day of 2012. There are 208 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On June 6, 1944, during World War II, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, on "D-Day," beginning the liberation of German-occupied western Europe.

On this date:

In 1799, American politician and orator Patrick Henry died at Red Hill Plantation in Virginia.

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

In 1862, the (first) Battle of Memphis took place during the Civil War as Union naval forces annihilated a Confederate fleet and captured the Tennessee city.

In 1912, the greatest volcanic eruption of the 20th century took place as Novarupta in Alaska began a series of explosive episodes over a 60-hour period.

In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founded the Chrysler Corp.

In 1966, black activist James Meredith was shot and wounded as he walked along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration.

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.

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.

Today's Birthdays: Civil rights activist Roy Innis is 78. Singer-songwriter Gary "U.S." Bonds is 73. Folk singer Holly Near is 63. Singer Dwight Twilley is 61. Playwright-actor Harvey Fierstein is 60. Comedian Sandra Bernhard is 57. International Tennis Hall of Famer Bjorn Borg is 56. Comedian Colin Quinn is 53. Rock singer-musician Tom Araya (Slayer) is 51. Actor Jason Isaacs is 49. Actor Max Casella is 45. Actor Paul Giamatti is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Damion Hall (Guy) is 44. TV correspondent Natalie Morales is 40. Country singer Lisa Brokop is 39. Rapper-rocker Uncle Kracker is 38. Actress Sonya Walger is 38. Actress Staci Keanan is 37. Actress Amber Borycki is 29.

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