What Happened in June 1944

Historical Events

  • Jun 1 Gen Montgomery/Patton/Bradley/Dempsey/Crerar meet in Portsmouth
  • Jun 1 Nazi occupiers make it punishable to give aid to allied pilots

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Jun 2 Generals Eisenhower & Montgomery dine in Portsmouth

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jun 2 Judendurchgangslager Vught disbands
  • Jun 3 76th Belmont: G L Smith riding Bounding Home wins in 2:32.2
  • Jun 3 Generals Giraud & de Gaulle reach agreement on constitution
  • Jun 3 Nazis pull out of Rome
  • Jun 4 1st British gliders touch down on French soil for D-Day
  • Jun 4 U505 becomes the first German submarine captured & boarded on high seas

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Jun 4 5th Army enters & liberates Rome from Mussolini's Fascist armies

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Jun 4 French general De Gaulle arrives in London
  • Jun 5 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure
  • Jun 5 1st British gliders touched down on French soil for D-Day invasion
  • Jun 5 Allies march into Rome

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Jun 5 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel goes on leave just before WWII D-Day landings by the Allies

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • Jun 5 General Eisenhower decides invasion set for June 6
  • Jun 6 82nd Airborne division WWII D-day-landing at Ste Mere Eglise
  • Jun 6 Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
  • Jun 6 Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • Jun 6 Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad
  • Jun 6 Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor
  • Jun 6 U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje
  • Jun 6 Alaska Airlines commences operations.
  • Jun 7 Achilles Veen soccer team forms in Veen
  • Jun 7 Canadian 50th division occupies Bayeux

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Jun 7 Claus von Stauffenberg meets Hitler

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • Jun 8 1st SS-Panzer Korps counter attacks at Normandy
  • Jun 8 Allies occupy Port-en-Bessin Normandy
  • Jun 8 Dutch Resistance fighter Frans Duwaer arrested
  • Jun 8 General Montgomery lands in Normandy, sets up HQ in Chateau de Creully
  • Jun 9 Russian offensive in Carelia
  • Jun 10 Joe Nuxhall, 15, of Cincinnati Reds is youngest player in major league
  • Jun 10 Nazi murders in Oradour-sur-Glane, France
  • Jun 10 World War II: In Distomo, Boeotia Prefecture, Greece 218 men, women and children are massacred by German troops.
  • Jun 11 15 US aircraft carriers attack Japanese bases on Marianas
  • Jun 11 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC
  • Jun 11 KP gang surprise attack on Dome Arnhem jail
  • Jun 12 1st V-1 rocket assault on London
  • Jun 12 British 12th airborne batallion and the 13th & 18th Hussars attack and capture Bréville
  • Jun 12 Churchill/Marshall/Arnold visit Montgomery's HQ in Chateau de Creully
  • Jun 12 US troop march into Carentan/Caumont, Normandy
  • Jun 13 German counter attack on Villers-Bocage, Normandy
  • Jun 13 Nazi Germany begins V-1 (Fieseler Fi-103) flying bomb (doodle-bugs) attacks
  • Jun 14 1st B-29 raid against mainland Japan

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Jun 14 General Charles de Gaulle lands at Courselles France

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle
  • Jun 15 US forces begin invasion of Saipan in Pacific
  • Jun 16 Iceland adopts constitution
  • Jun 16 King George VI visits General Montgomery's HQ in Normandy
  • Jun 16 US bombs Kyushu Japan
  • Jun 17 -19] French troops under Lattre de Tssigny conquer Elba
  • Jun 17 Hitler secretly meets with von Rundstedt in Marjival Soissons
  • Jun 17 Iceland declares independence from Denmark
  • Jun 17 Republic of Iceland proclaimed at Thingvallir, Iceland
  • Jun 17 Resistance fighter/poet Col Blake arrives in London
  • Jun 18 Farewell concert of Willem Mengelberg in Paris
  • Jun 18 German submarine U-767 sunk by English Navy destroyers in the English Channel
  • Jun 19 French troops free Elba
  • Jun 19 Heavy air raid on US fleet at Guam "Turkey Shoot"
  • Jun 19 Japanese troops conquer Changsha China
  • Jun 19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • Jun 20 Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency
  • Jun 20 Heavy storm hits the Channel
  • Jun 20 Nazis begin mass extermination of Jews at Auschwitz
  • Jun 20 Soviet forces conquer Wiborg
  • Jun 20 US attacks Japanese fleet in Philippines Sea
  • Jun 21 Very heavy bombing on Berlin
  • Jun 22 US troops occupy Biak during Battle of Biak, New Guinea
  • Jun 22 British 14th Army frees Imphal Assam

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Jun 22 US President Franklin Roosevelt signs "GI Bill of Rights" (Servicemen's Readjustment Act)

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jun 22 Longest shut out in Phillies history, Phils beat Braves 1-0 in 15 inn
  • Jun 22 Boston Brave Jim Tobin 2nd no-hitter of yr beats Phils, 7-0 in 5 inn
  • Jun 22 Opening day of the Soviet Union's Operation Bagration against Army Group Centre.
  • Jun 23 4 tornadoes strike Appalachia, killing 153
  • Jun 23 Russian offensive in central front sector

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Jun 23 Thomas Mann becomes a US citizen

Novelist Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann
  • Jun 25 British assault at Caen, Normandy
  • Jun 26 2nd British army reaches Grainville-Mouen line
  • Jun 26 Yanks, Dodgers & Giants play unique 6 inn game for War Bonds, each playing successive innings, final score Dodgers-5, Yanks-1 & Giants-0
  • Jun 27 Cherbourg, France liberated by Allies
  • Jun 29 German counter attack at Caen
  • Jun 29 Nazi Paul Touvier shoots 7 Jews dead
  • Jun 29 Rommel & von Rundstedt travel to Berchtesgaden
  • Jun 29 Soviet Armies join in Bobroesjk
  • Jun 29 US 7th army corps conquers Cherbourg
  • Jun 30 Allies land on Vogelkop, New Guinea
  • Jun 30 French Cotentin Peninsula in allied hands
  • Jun 30 Universal strike against Nazi terror in Copenhagen
  • Jun 30 World War II: The Battle of Cherbourg ends with the fall of the strategically valuable port to American forces.

Famous Birthdays

  • Jun 1 Robert Powell, England, actor (Jigsaw Man, Shaka Zulu, Secrets)
  • Jun 2 Garo Yepremian, American NFL place kicker (Miami Dolphins), born in Larnaca, Cyprus (d. 2015)
  • Jun 2 Marvin Hamlisch, composer/pianist (Sting, Chorus Line), born in NYC, New York (d. 2012)
  • Jun 2 Poul Jensen, Denmark, yachting (Olympic-gold-1976, 80)
  • Jun 3 Edith McGuire, US 200m sprinter (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Jun 3 Michael Clarke, rock drummer (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in NYC, New York
  • Jun 3 Eddy Ottoz, Italian athlete
  • Jun 4 Charlie Whitney, rock guitarist (Family)
  • Jun 4 Michelle Phillips, singer/actress (Mamas & Papas), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jun 4 Roger Ball, Scotland, saxophonist (Average White Band)
  • Jun 5 Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1968)
  • Jun 5 Tommie Smith, US sprinter (Olympic-gold-1968) [or Jan 5]
  • Jun 5 Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer
  • Jun 6 Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Vienna Austria
  • Jun 6 Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jun 6 David Penhaligon, British politician
  • Jun 6 Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Jun 7 Bill Rafferty, comedian (Laugh-In, Real People), born in Queens, New York
  • Jun 7 Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds-Turn! Turn! Turn!), born in Lewiston, Maine (d. 1973)
  • Jun 8 Boz Scaggs, [William Royce], rocker (Steve Miller Band), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Jun 8 Don Grady, [Agrati], actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), (d. 2012)
  • Jun 8 Mark Belanger, American baseball player (d. 1998)
  • Jun 8 Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec City
  • Jun 9 23 puppies (record litter) born to Lena, a foxhound, Ambler Penn
  • Jun 9 Brigid Bazlen, Wisc, actress (Pam-Too Young to go Steady)
  • Jun 10 Rick Price, rocker (Move)
  • Jun 11 Alan Horworth, British politician (L), first Conservative to change to Labour party, born in London
  • Jun 11 Barry Stevens, British/Neth, choreographer (Personals, Young Again)
  • Jun 11 James "Ox" D A van Hoften, astronaut (STS 11, STS 20), born in Fresno, California
  • Jun 12 Linda Foster, Lancaster England, actress (Doris-Hank)
  • Jun 12 Maurice Jackson, US singer (Independents-Leaving You)
  • Jun 13 Joe Amato, NHRA top fuel drag racing champion (1991)
  • Jun 13 Ban Ki-moon, South Korean politician and 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations (2007-), born in Injō, Japanese Korea
  • Jun 14 Laurie Colwin, American author (d. 1992)
  • Jun 14 Joe Grifasi, American actor
  • Jun 15 Inna Ryskai, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic-2 gold/2 silver-1964-76)
  • Jun 15 Robert Keppel, American criminologist
  • Jun 16 Joan Barbara Grigor, artist
  • Jun 16 Takamiyama, [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion
  • Jun 17 Bill Rafferty, comedian (Real People, Laugh-in '77)
  • Jun 17 Chris Spedding, rocker
  • Jun 17 Chucho Castillo, Nuevo Valle de Moreno, Mexico, bantamweight boxer (WBA, WBC, 1970), (d. 2013)
  • Jun 18 Paul Lansky, American electronic composer, born in New York City
  • Jun 18 Sandy Posey, American singer
  • Jun 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • Jun 19 Chico Buarque, Brazilian musician
  • Jun 20 Dave Nelson, baseball player
  • Jun 20 Terry Funk, Hammond Ind, pro wrestler (WWF/NWA)/actor (Paradise Alley)
  • Jun 20 David Roper, English actor
  • Jun 21 Corinna Tsopel, Athens, actress (Man Called Horse)/Miss Universe (64)
  • Jun 21 Frans Luitjes, Dutch athlete
  • Jun 21 Jon Hiseman, English drummer, born in London
  • Jun 21 Miguel Danus, Vicens rocker
  • Jun 21 Ray Davies, singer/guitarist (Kinks-Come Dancing), born in London, England
  • Jun 22 Klaus Maria Brandauer, Austria, actor (Mephisto, Out of Africa)
  • Jun 22 Michael Obst, German FR, coxsman (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • Jun 22 Peter Asher, singer (Peter & Gordon-World Without Love), born in London, England
  • Jun 22 Steve Weber, guitarist, (Rounders-Holy "Boobs" Modal)
  • Jun 23 Rosetta Hightower, American singer (Don't Hang Up), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (d. 2014)
  • Jun 24 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic)
  • Jun 24 Jeff Beck, Surrey England, singer/guitarist (Jeff Beck Group)
  • Jun 25 Robert Charlebois, Canadian singer
  • Jun 26 Ruth Kempson, linguist (SOAS)
  • Jun 27 Bruce Johnston, US pop musician (Beach Boys-God Only Knows)
  • Jun 27 Cornelis J "Kees" Ouwens, Dutch writer/poet (Intimate Acts)
  • Jun 27 Patrick Sercu, Belgium, 1K time trial (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • Jun 29 Collin Peterson, (Rep-D-Minnesota)
  • Jun 29 Gary Busey, Goose Creek Tx, actor (Buddy Holly Story, Star in Born)
  • Jun 29 Sean O'Malley, American Roman Catholic bishop
  • Jun 30 Glenn Shorrock, Australian rock vocalist (Little River Band), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • Jun 30 Ron Swoboda, baseball outfielder/sportscaster (NY Yankees, NY Mets)
  • Jun 30 Raymond Moody, American parapsychologist

Famous Deaths

  • Jun 5 Riccardo Zandonai, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 6 Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII
  • Jun 6 Gerrit John van de Peat, artist/resistance fighter, executed at 41
  • Jun 9 99 inhabitants of Tulle, hanged by SS
  • Jun 10 French Duwaer, Dutch printer/resistance fighter, executed
  • Jun 10 Gerrit Jan van der Veen, [Wolffensperger], resister, executed at 41
  • Jun 10 Johan Limpers, sculptor/resistance fighter, executed at 28
  • Jun 10 Willem Jacob van Stockum, Dutch physicist (b. 1910)
  • Jun 13 Christopher Heseltine, cricketer (2 Tests for England 1895-96), dies
  • Jun 14 Lubor Niederle, Czech archaeologist/slavist, dies at 78
  • Jun 14 Robert H Iseley, US pilot/lt-comdr (Saipan), dies in battle
  • Jun 16 Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
  • Jun 19 Bill Bradley, cricketer (bowled for England in two Tests 1899), dies
  • Jun 19 Han Yong-woon, Zen teacher, dies in Seoul County, Korea at 65
  • Jun 21 Jan Bonekamp, Dutch resistance fighter/friend of Hannie Schaft, dies
  • Jun 24 Rio Gebhardt, German composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Lucha Reyes, Mexican singer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Billy Newham, cricketer (England Test 1887), dies
  • Jun 27 Werner Wehrli, composer, dies at 52
  • Jun 27 Milan Hodža, Slovak politician (b. 1878)
  • Jun 27 Vera Menchik, Russian 1st official women's world chess champion (1927), dies in a London air raid at 38