On This Day

What Happened on June 6, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday

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

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

Famous Deaths

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