The D-Day Invasion

Historical Events


Conference meetingConference 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

Soviet General Secretary Joseph Stalin
Soviet General Secretary
Joseph Stalin
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt

AppointmentAppointment of Interest

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery

Battle of InterestD-Day

1944-01-31 Operation-Overlord (D-Day) postponed until June
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent
  • 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.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-05-15 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and King George VI discuss the plan for D-Day

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • 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 As part of Operation Tonga, the 1st British gliders touch down on French soil to prepare for the D-Day invasion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

German WWII Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
German WWII Field Marshal
Erwin Rommel
  • 1944-06-05 After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6
  • 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 World War II: All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1944-06-06 Operation Overlord: D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II

Photojournalist Robert Capa
Photojournalist
Robert Capa
  • 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


Person of interestBernard Montgomery

1887-11-17 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, born in London (d. 1976)

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1926-04-22 James Stirling, Scottish architect, born in Glasgow (d. 1992)
  • 1944-07-11 Bill Boggs, TV host/producer (Midday, 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

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

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

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • 1992-06-25 James Stirling, Scottish architect, dies at 66
  • 1992-09-23 James A Van Fleet, US general (D-Day, Battle of Bulge), dies at 100