On This Day

What Happened on June 5, 1944

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

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

Battle of InterestD-Day

After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent
  • Allies march into Rome
  • As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Finnegan, UK, middleweight boxing champ (Olympic gold 1968)
  • Colm Wilkinson, Irish singer
  • Tommie Smith, US sprinter (Olympic gold 1968) [or Jan 5]

Famous Deaths

  • Riccardo Zandonai, Italian composer, dies at 61