What Happened on June 6, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Alaska Airlines commences operations
  • As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église
  • Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
  • German submarines U-955, U-970, U-629 and U-373 sink in Bay of Biscay
  • Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad
  • Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

Famous Birthdays

  • David Penhaligon, British politician
  • Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Vienna Austria
  • Peter Albin, rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • Phillip Allen Sharp, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Famous Deaths

  • Danny Brotheridge, British lieutenant, 1st to die during D-Day landing WWII
  • Gerrit John van de Peat, artist/resistance fighter, executed at 41