1944 : Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in World War II gives the go-ahead for a massive invasion of Europe called Operation Overlord / D-Day by British, Canadian and American forces and a million Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy in northern France.
1923 : Much debate and laws occur when one-piece swimming suits become the fashion for beach-bound women. Various cities ban the new style while others will allow it but only if the new suits are appropriate for swimming and not just for fashion.
1932 : The first federal gasoline tax (All US States had a gas tax prior to this starting in Oregon in 1919) was created with the enactment of the Revenue Act of 1932 with a tax of 1 cent/gal.
1933 : The first concrete was poured today on creating the Boulder Dam and is work is expected to last for a further 3 years to create the tallest dam in the world. The base of the Dam will be 660 ft thick and will rise over 700 ft when completed. More about the Boulder Dam.
Celebrating Birthday Today
Born: June 6th, 1936, Detroit, Michigan
Died: October 17, 2008, Detroit, Michigan
Known For : Levi Stubbs was the lead singer of the popular R&B group, the Four Tops. The group was signed to Motown Records in 1963 and Levi had a number of successful songs with the Four Tops throughout the 1960s and 1970s including, "Baby I Need Your Loving," "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," and "Reach Out I'll Be There." In addition to his singing career, Stubbs did a little voice work as he provided the voice of Audrey II in the film version of Little Shop of Horrors in 1986 and voiced the character of Mother Brain in the cartoon Captain N: The Game Master from 1989 to 1991.
1933 : The first drive in movie theater is opened in Camden, NJ.
1934 : President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act , this was in response to the 1929 stock market crash which was a major factor in the great depression years of the 30's. Up till that point the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) had been operating with little or no government control and the creation of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) was hoped to restore investor confidence in the market.
1962 : Muslim auxiliary police fired on French troops in Algeria. Three Muslims and one French lieutenant were killed as a result. According to police the outbreak began when a group of armed Muslim civilians attacked French troops and French troops opened fire. In response to the incident auxiliary Muslim police came to the scene and also opened fire.
1975 : The UK has it's first nationwide referendum over the continued membership of the European Economic Community. 2/3 of voters support the government's campaign to stay in the EEC, or Common Market.
1978 : California voters overwhelmingly approve Proposition 13 A "People's Initiative to Limit Property Taxation,". Following the proposition 13 passage a cap is placed on property tax rates in the state, reducing them by an average of 57%.
1981 : A major rail accident when more than 500 passengers are killed is caused by an engineer who was reverential of cows causing the train to go over the bridge and sink in the river.
1984 : The Indian government sends army troops into the Sikh rebel held Golden Temple compound in Amritsar the holiest shrine of Sikhism where they kill at least 500 Sikh rebels. The army was also ordered to attack Sikh guerrillas besieged in three dozen other temples and religious shrines throughout the state of Punjab.
1999 : Napster the online music file sharing service starts as the first widely-used peer-to-peer sharing service allowing music fans to easily share MP3 format song files with each other. The service is shut down by court order in July 2001.
Celebrating Birthdays Today
Born: June 6th, 1945, San Francisco, California
Died: October 9th, 2000, Lakewood, Washington
Known For : David Dukes has most notably played dramatic roles on television. These have included parts in Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, George Washington, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the Josephine Baker Story. He only had a limited number of movie roles, but had found a niche for playing diplomats and professional men in on television dramas he has worked in. His earlier Broadway work had included School for Wives, Bent, Amadeus and M. Butterfly. He died in a car accident in 2000.
2001 : Following the decision of Sen. James Jeffords of Vermont to leave the Republican Party and become an independent Democrats gain control of the U.S. Senate.
2001 : A Los Angeles court awards $3bn in punitive damages to Richard Boeken against cigarette maker Philip Morris saying they did not do enough to warn him of the dangers of smoking.
2005 : The United States Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 that under the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, which allows the United States Congress "To regulate Commerce... among the several States," Congress may ban the use of cannabis even where states approve its use for medicinal purposes. (Gonzales v. Raich [previously Ashcroft v. Raich], 545 U.S. 1 ). Therefore users can be prosecuted for violating federal drug laws. The case raises a number of constitutional questions as California is one of nine states that allowed medicinal use of marijuana.
2007 : This years meeting of G8 Summit in Germany believes that tackling climate change is one of the key issues with much talk of targets and global treaties. One of the proposals to be discussed is Carbon Tax:= Impose a levy on polluters based on the amount of emissions they release. The members of the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and the United States) represent about 14% of the world population, but account for 65% of the world's economic output measured by gross domestic product. The G8 members discuss and attempt to address many global issues including poverty, Global warming, Health including the AIDS problem, terrorism law enforcement, labor, economic and social development, energy, foreign affairs, justice and interior and trade.
From our 1870 to 1879 Page
Blue Jeans , Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent "Blue Jeans", using heavy duty cotton cloth and copper rivets they produce trousers that are virtually indestructible aimed at Miners, Farmers, Mechanics and cattle raisers. They were called originally "Copper Riveted Overalls".
From our 1950s Furniture Page1952 Gossip Bench
2011 : At least twelve people are killed in a suicide car bombing in Tikrit, Iraq. Another nineteen people were injured in the blast which targeted the entrance to palaces turned security offices. The blast occurred at same time as a checkpoint was being handed over from the police to the army, and several of the dead included officers.
2012 : Archaeologists found two medieval "vampire" skeletons. The skeletons had been pierced through the chest by an iron rod that was meant to pin them to their graves and to prevent them from becoming vampires.
2013 : An operator at the Fukushima power plant has stated that a leak of radioactive water had been found in a storage tank at the plant. The plant had been severely damaged by a 2011 earthquake and had been dealing with contamination and leakage issues ever since.
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023