Today is Monday, June 6, the 157th day of 2005. There are 208 days left in the year. On this date in 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe takes place during World War II as Allied forces storm the beaches of Normandy, France.
In 1844, the Young Men's Christian Association is founded in London. In 1918, the World War I Battle of Belleau Wood, which results in a U.S. victory over the Germans, begins in France. In 1925, Walter Percy Chrysler founds the Chrysler Corporation. In 1933, the first drive-in movie theater opens in Camden, N.J. In 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission is established. In 1942, Japanese forces retreat in the World War II Battle of Midway. In 1966, black activist James Meredith is shot and wounded as he walks along a Mississippi highway to encourage black voter registration. In 1968, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy dies at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, a day after he is shot by Sirhan Bishara Sirhan. In 1985, authorities in Brazil exhume a body later identified as the remains of Dr. Josef Mengele, the notorious "Angel of Death" of the Nazi Holocaust.
June 6, 1980: Wean United Inc. has booked an $80 million share of a contract worth an estimated $500 million for supplying a huge new steel rolling complex in the People's Republic of China. The facility will have an annual capacity of 2.1 million tons of cold rolled steel strip.
Van plant employees at the General Motors Assembly Division in Lordstown face another two-week layoff as van sales continue to run an unsteady course.
The Rev. Charles Hawkins, a 1965 graduate of Mooney High School, is named vice principal and academic dean of Benedictine High School in Cleveland.
June 6, 1965: The Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. plans to pursue a shopping center, housing developments and industrial park in Lordstown to dovetail with construction of the General Motors complex there.
U.S. Rep. Michael J. Kirwan receives the George Washington Memorial Award from the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, an organization that has worked since 1914 to develop American waterways. The award is in recognition of Kirwan's 28-year career of working in Congress for better navigation and flood control on the nation's waterways.
Business flying, both airline and executive, will become virtually all jet-powered at the Youngstown Municipal Airport within the next few years, with the installation of radar that will improve local traffic control.
June 6, 1955: David L. Evans, 68, of 918 Robbins Ave., vice president and secretary of the McKinley Federal Savings and Loan Association, and a Mahoning Valley Sanitary District director, dies in North Side Hospital.
On the 11th anniversary of the Normandy invasion that he led, President Eisenhower returns to West Point for the reunion of his 1915 graduating class. The 1955 West Point graduating class includes Richard N. Gottron, 22, of Canfield.
June 6, 1930: Lewis J. Kindler is elected commander of American Legion, Youngstown Post 15, succeeding Albert E. Baldwin.
Metropolitan Los Angeles more than doubles in population in 10 years, jumping from the 10th largest city in the United States in 1920 to the fourth largest in 1930, with a population of 2,199,557.