On This Day

What Happened on June 6

Important Events

  • 1523 Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union
  • 1716 French transport the 1st African slaves to Louisiana
  • 1916 The death of Yuan Shikai, ruler of much of China since 1912, causes the central government to virtually collapse in the face of warlords, including Sun Yat-sen
  • 1944 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • 1982 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out the PLO
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June 6 in Film & TV

June 6 in Music

  • 1972 David Bowie releases his breakthrough album "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"

June 6 in Sport

  • 1901 British Open Men's Golf, Muirfield: Scotsman James Braid wins first of 5 Open titles by 3 strokes from Harry Vardon of Jersey
  • 1987 French Open Women's Tennis: 17 year old German Steffi Graf beats World #1 Martina Navratilova 6-4, 4-6, 8-6; Graf's first Grand Slam victory

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)

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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