Tuesday 6 June 1944
It was Tuesday, under the sign of Gemini. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Days of Glory, directed by Jacques Tourneur, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944
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- Memorial Day - South Korea.
- Doomsday (weekday)
- Queensland Day.
- National holiday of Sweden.
- D-Day landings - Europe.
- Bonza Bottler Day - USA.
- National Yo-yo Day - USA.
- Monty Alexander: Jamaican pianist (Clue J & His Blues Blasters).
- David Penhaligon: British politician (d. 1986).
- Edgar Froese: Russian-German keyboard player and songwriter (Tangerine Dream) (d. 2015).
- Phillip Sharp: American geneticist and biologist Nobel Prize laureate.
- Tommie Smith: American runner and football player.
- Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
- D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France
- Nazi troops executed 96 prisoners by firing squad
- U-955, U-970, U-629, U-373 sink in Gulf of Biskaje
- Alaska Airlines commences operations.
- (about 0630 hours) 300 men of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Division, US 1st Army, land at Utah Beach, the first company of the Allies to land. They land a mile south of their target, and encounter little opposition. Twenty-eight of 32 Dual-Drive tanks reach the beach.
- Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional Medal of Honor.
- World War II: Battle of Normandy begins. D-Day, code named Operation Overlord, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history.
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