On This Day

What Happened on June 5, 1944

Historical Events

  • 1st B-29 bombing raid; 1 plane lost due to engine failure

D-Day

After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6

  • Allied forces march into Rome
  • As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

Historic Event

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


Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Finnegan, British boxer (Olympic gold middleweight 1968), born in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 2009)
  • Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer (Les Misérables), born in Drimnagh, Ireland

Famous Deaths

  • Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61
1944 Highlights

About June 5, 1944

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 5 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Gemini