June 6, 1833: Andrew Jackson became the first president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train.
June 6, 1934: President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which helps ensure that U.S. financial markets are operated in a "fair, orderly, and efficient" manner.
June 6, 1944: As the Allied invasion of Normandy progressed on D-Day, President Roosevelt asked Americans to pray.
June 6, 1968: After Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's murder, an angry President Johnson told Americans that "violence may bring down the very best among us." Prior to Kennedy's assassination, presidential candidates were not given Secret Service protection. That policy changed.
June 6, 2002: President George W. Bush proposed a new cabinet agency: The Department of Homeland Security.
Quote of the day
"Our sons, pride of our Nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic." – FDR's D-Day prayer to the nation
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