This Day In History : June 6

1934 United States

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Securities Act or 1933 into law and establishes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

On June 6, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, which created the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This Act gave the SEC extensive power to regulate the securities industry, including the New York Stock Exchange.

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Discover what happened on June 6 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, June 6
  • 1936 Richard Green

    American sexologist, lawyer, and author who advocated for gay and transsexual rights

  • 1901 Sukarno

    1st President of Indonesia (1945-67)

  • 1892 Donald F. Duncan Sr.

    American entrepreneur (Duncan Toys Company)

  • 1851 Angelo Moriondo

    Italian inventor (patented earliest known espresso machine, 1884)

  • 1976 Geoff Rowley

    English skateboarder (co-owner Flip Skateboards; Thrasher Magazine "Skater of the Year" 2000)

Deaths on This Day, June 6
  • 1799 Patrick Henry

    American lawyer and politician who was the 1st Governor of Virginia

  • 1941 Louis Chevrolet

    American race car driver, and businessman who founded Chevrolet and Frontenac Motor Corp.

  • 1976 J. Paul Getty

    American oil magnate who founded the Getty Oil Company

  • 1799 Patrick Henry

    American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech

  • 1961 Carl Jung

    Swiss Psychiatrist (founded analytic psychology)


The first drive-in-theater opens in Camden, New Jersey

On June 6, 1933, eager motorists parked their automobiles on the grounds of Camden Drive-In, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

The Revenue Act of 1932 enacted

The Revenue Act of 1932, which created the first federal gas tax in the United States at a rate of 1 cent per gallon, was enacted on June 6, 1932. This tax was implemented to generate revenue during the Great Depression and has since been a significant source of funding for transportation infrastructure.

YMCA Formed

Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London

US Employment Service created

The United States Employment Service (USES) was created on June 6, 1933 by the Wagner-Peyser Act. During the Great Depression, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the USES to set minimum standards, develop uniform administrative and statistical procedures, publish employment information, and promote a system of “clearing labor” between states.
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