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D-Day

June 6, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, June 6th. On this date 70 years ago, while most of America slept, one of history's most notable events unfolded, as heard at the time: "CBS World News; Bob Trout speaking. And again we bring you the available report — all of them from German sources — on what the Berlin radio calls the invasion. The Berlin radio opened its news program with a so-called invasion announcement, and I quote: 'Here is a special bulletin. Early this morning, the long-awaited British and American invasion began, when paratroops landing in the area of the Somme estuary ...'" This was, of course, the Normandy invasion, which hastened the end of World War II in Europe. Currently, of the more than 21 million living veterans in the U.S., there are over 1.5 million from the Second World War. Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:
https://archive.org/details/Complete_Broadcast_Day_D-Day
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_12_1YR_B21002&prodType=table


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: May 20, 2014