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Today in history: June 6
In 1944, FDR asked Americans to pray for the troops during the Allies' invasion of Normandy
Troops from the 48th Royal Marines at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer on Juno Beach, Normandy, France, during the D-Day landings, June 6, 1944. 
Troops from the 48th Royal Marines at Saint-Aubin-sur-mer on Juno Beach, Normandy, France, during the D-Day landings, June 6, 1944.  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

June 6

On this day. 1833: Andrew Jackson became the first president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train.

On this day. 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.

On this day. 1944: As the Allied invasion of Normandy progressed on D-Day, President Roosevelt asked Americans to pray.

On this day. 1968: After Senator 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.

On this day. 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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