What Happened on June 6

Significant Events

  • 1523 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union
  • 1716 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • 1916 With the death of Yuan Shikai, who has ruled much of China since 1912, the central government virtually collapses in the face of warlords who assert themselves, including Sun Yat-sen
  • 1944 Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • 1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
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Did You Know?

Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC

On June 6, 1882

Would You Believe?

A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 metres diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Resulting explosion estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

On June 6, 2002

Famous Weddings

  • 1857 Sophia of Nassau marries the future King Oscar II of Sweden-Norway
  • 1942 "The Thin Man" actress Myrna Loy (36) weds John Hertz Jr. in New York City
  • 1956 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)
  • 1960 Singer-actress Eartha Kitt (33) weds Bill McDonald
  • 1966 Socialite Claus von Bulow marries heiress Martha [Sunny]Sharp Crawford

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (40) divorces German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage
  • 2014 Actess Melanie Griffith (45) and actor Antonio Banderas (53) file for divorce citing irreconcilable differences after 18 years of marriage
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