On This Day

What Happened on June 6, 1944

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Historical Events

  • Alaska Airlines commences operations
  • German submarines U-955, U-970, U-629 and U-373 sink in Bay of Biscay

Battle of InterestD-Day

Operation Overlord: As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église

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Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
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Event of interestEvent of Interest

Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Robert Capa
  • World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

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 and the Holding Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • Phillip Allen Sharp, American geneticist and molecular biologist (Nobel 1993), born in Falmouth, Kentucky

Person of interestTommie Smith

Tommie Smith, American athlete and 200m sprinter who was the 1st to break the 20-second barrier (performed the black power salute while accepting his Olympic gold medal in 1968), born in Clarksville, Texas

Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist Tommie Smith
Sprinter and Civil Rights Activist
Tommie Smith

Famous Deaths

  • Den Brotheridge, British lieutenant who was the 1st to die during D-Day landings in World War II is killed at 28
1944 Highlights

About June 6, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 5 months and 22 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Gemini