What Happened on June 6, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Alaska Airlines commences operations

BattleD-Day

As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église
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  • 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 Overlord: D-Day begins as the 150,000 strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor

Famous Birthdays

  • David Penhaligon, British politician (President of the Liberal Party) (d. 1986)
  • Edgar Froese, German musician (Tangerine Dream), born in Tilsit, East Prussia (d. 2015)
  • Peter Albin, American rocker (Big Brother & Holding Co), born in San Francisco, California
  • Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist (Nobel 1993), born in Falmouth, Kentucky

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