Today's History Trivia for June 6
1988 Mighty Mouse Accused of Drug Abuse The cartoon mouse is accused by the American Family Association of sniffing cocaine on a recent episode. The producers claimed that he was sniffing flowers that had been crushed by a bully.
1944 D-Day Allied troops invade Europe at Normandy, during World War II. Over 4,000 allied troops were killed on the first day of the invasion, with the Germans losing about 1,000. Also, known as the Normandy landings, this was the largest seaborne invasion in history, with 875,000 men disembarking by the end of June.
1984 Golden Temple attacked Under orders of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, hundreds are killed when the Indian army storms the Golden Temple at Amritsar - the Sikhs' holiest shrine. Four months later she was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards.
1981 First test tube twins are born, in Australia.
1979 DC-10 grounded The FAA grounds the aircraft after an engine fell off of one during takeoff from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
1946 Basketball Association of America The professional basketball league is formed. In 1949, it merged with the National Basketball League to form the NBA.
1933 First drive-in theater opens, in Camden, New Jersey.
1925 Chrysler Corporation is formed.
1896 Atlantic Crossing in a Row Boat George Samuelson and Frank Harbo leave New York in an 18-foot row boat headed across the Atlantic. They arrived in England on Aug 1.
1892 First U.S. President to a attend a major league baseball game Benjamin Harrison watches Cincinnati beat Washington 7-4.
1844 YMCA The Young Men's Christian Association is established by Sir George Williams in London.
Today's Birthdays for June 6
1956 Bjorn Borg Swedish tennis player, winner of six French Opens, five consecutive Wimbledons (1976-80), and two-time Player of the Year (1979-80).
1947 Robert Englund American actor. Film: Nightmare on Elmstreet movies (Freddie Kreuger).
1944 Phillip Allen Sharp American Nobel-winning geneticist. He is the co-discoverer of gene splicing.
1939 Gary US Bonds (Gary Anderson), American singer. Music: New Orleans (1960) and Quarter to Three (1961, #1).
1932 Billie Whitelaw d. 2014 English actress. Film: Charlie Bubbles (1968, British Film Academy Award) and The Omen (1976).
1923 V.C. Andrews d. 1986 (Cleo Virginia Andrews), American author. She had three #1 books before her death and numerous bestsellers after her death (ghostwritten from her notes). Flowers in the Attic (1979). In the movie version of Flowers in the Attic, she played the window-washing maid.
1867 David T. Abercrombie d. 1931 American outdoorsman and topographer. He founded Abercrombie Co. (1892) which became Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (1900).
1809 Timothy Shay Arthur d. 1885 American playwright. His play Ten Nights in a Bar-room (1854) is probably the most popular play in U.S. history. It has been made into four movies and is still produced regularly across the country.
1756 John Trumbull d. 1843 American soldier, painter of the American Revolution. Paintings: Signing of the Declaration of Independence, The Surrender of Cornwallis, The Resignation of Washington.
Deaths for June 6
2016 Theresa Saldana b. 1954 American actress. She founded Victims for Victims after surviving a nearly fatal knife attack by a deranged admirer. Film: Raging Bull (1980). TV: Commish (1991-96, Rachel the wife of Police Commissioner Tony Scali).
2013 Esther Williams b. 1921 American swimmer, actress. Known as "Hollywood's Mermaid."
2006 Billy Preston b. 1946 American singer, songwriter. Music: Will It Go Round in Circles (1973) and Nothing from Nothing (1974).
2006 Arnold Newman b. 1918 American photographer. Contributor to Life, Look, Esquire, etc. Newman is credited with being the first photographer to use environmental portraiture, in which the background setting is used to capture the essence of the individual's life and work.
2005 Anne Bancroft b. 1931 (Anne Maria Louise Italiano), American Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winning actress. Film: The Miracle Worker (1962, Oscar), The Graduate (1967, Mrs. Robinson), and Agnes of God (1985).
1994 Johnny Downs b. 1913 American actor, as one of the Little Rascals, he appeared in 24 Our Gang films (1923-26). Film: Babes in Toyland (1934, Little Boy Blue).
1992 Larry Riley b. 1952 American actor. TV: Knotts Landing (Frank Williams).
1983 James E. Casey b. 1888 American businessman, founder of United Parcel Service (UPS).
1948 Louis Lumière b. 1864 French motion picture pioneer. He and his brother Auguste developed the Cinématographe motion picture camera and projector.
1948 Charles W. Nash b. 1864 American automobile manufacturer. President of Buick Motor Co. (1910-16) and General Motors (1912-16), and founder and president of the Nash Motors Co. (1916-32).
1891 Sir John Alexander Macdonald b. 1815 Canadian politician, first prime minister of Canada (1857-58, 1868-73, 1878-91).
1799 Patrick Henry b. 1736 American patriot. Known for his famous 1775 quote: "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"