The D-Day Invasion

Historical Events

Conference of Interest

1943-12-01 At the end of the Tehran Conference, the Big Three (Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt) agree that the invasion of Normandy should take place in May 1944

Appointment of Interest

1943-12-23 General Bernard Montgomery told he is appointed commandant for D-day


1944-01-31 Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June

  • 1944-04-07 World War II: General Montgomery speaks to generals at St. Paul's School about his vision for the upcoming D-Day landings
  • 1944-04-28 Exercise "Tiger" ends with 750 US soldiers dead in D-Day rehearsal after their convoy ships were attacked by German torpedo boats off Slapton Sands, Devon.
  • 1944-05-17 General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
  • 1944-06-01 Allied generals Bernard Montgomery, George S. Patton, Omar Bradley, Miles Dempsey and Harry Crerar meet in Portsmouth, England just prior to D-Day
  • 1944-06-04 General Eisenhower cancels planned D-Day invasion on June 5th after receiving unfavorable weather reports
  • 1944-06-05 After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6
  • 1944-06-05 As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

Historic Event

1944-06-05 German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel goes on leave just before WWII D-Day landings by the Allies

  • 1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église
  • 1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • 1944-06-06 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

Famous Photo

1944-06-19 Five of the "The Magnificent Eleven" photos taken by Robert Capa during the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy first published in "Life Magazine"

  • 1944-09-28 Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt, is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for directing troops at Utah Beach during the D-Day landings

Famous Birthdays

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

1887-11-17 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London

  • 1926-04-22 James Stirling, Scottish architect, born in Glasgow (d. 1992)
  • 1944-07-11 Bill Boggs, American TV host (Midday), and producer (Morton Downey Jr Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1971-04-09 Austin Peck, American actor (Austin Reed-Days of Our Lives), born in Honolulu, Hawaii

Famous Deaths

  • 1944-06-06 Den Brotheridge, British lieutenant who was the 1st to die during D-Day landings in World War II is killed at 28

Bernard MontgomeryBernard Montgomery (1887-1976)

1976-03-24 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

  • 1992-06-25 James Stirling, Scottish architect (Neue Staatsgalerie, 1981 Pritzker Prize), dies at 66
  • 1992-09-23 James Van Fleet, American US Army General (served during WWI, WWII, and Korean War), dies at 100