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Today In History - June 6
  • A convoy of Landing Craft Infantry sails across the English Channel toward the Normandy Invasion beaches on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Each of these landing craft is towing a barrage balloon for protection against low-flying German aircraft. Photograph from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives. (Public Domain Photo)

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Today in History in 1944 the 82nd Airborne division D-Day Landing at Sainte-Mère-Église and 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force landing in Normandy, France in WWII; baseball cancels all games honoring the D-Day invasion.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1523 - Gustav Vasa is elected King of Sweden, marking the end of the Kalmar Union.
  • 1716 - 1st slaves arrive in Louisiana
  • 1816 - 10" snowfall in New England, "year without a summer" following the eruotion of Mount Tambora in Indonesia
  • 1850 - Levi Strauss make his 1st pair of blue jeans
  • 1900 - US Congress pass an act authorizing a civil code and government for the territory of Alaska after gold discoveries bring lawlessness and disorder to the area
  • 1944 - 82nd Airborne division WWII D-day-landing at Ste Mere Eglise
  • 1944 - Baseball cancels all games honoring D-Day invasion
  • 1944 - Operation Neptune, D-Day: 150,000 Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France in WWII
  • 1944 - Theodore Roosevelt Jr receives congressional medal of honor
  • 1965 - Rolling Stones release single "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  • 1971 - "Ed Sullivan Show" last broadcasts on CBS-TV
  • 1982 - 30,000 Israeli troops invade Lebanon to drive out PLO
  • 1983 - Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"
  • 2002 - Eastern Mediterranean Event. A near-Earth asteroid estimated at 10 meters diameter explodes over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. The resulting explosion is estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, slightly more powerful than the Nagasaki atomic bomb.

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1755 - Nathan Hale, American Revolutionary War patriot, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.", born Coventry Connecticut (d. 1776)
  • 1756 - John Trumbull, US painter (Declaration of Independence)
  • 1868 - Robert Falcon Scott, Plymouth, British leader of ill-fated south pole expedition
  • 1875 - Thomas Mann, Germany, novelist (Magic Mountain-Nobel 1929)
  • 1932 - David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1956 - Bjorn Borg, Sodertlage Sweden, tennis champ (Wimbledon 1976-79)
  • 1987 - Daniel Logan, Auckland, New Zealand actor (Boba Fett-Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones)

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
  • 1967 - Country singer John Denver (23) weds psychotherapist Annie Martell at the Christ Chapel in St. Peter, Minnesota
  • 1976 - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw (27) weds ice skater Jo Jo Starbuck (25) at Bel-Air Hotel in Los Angeles
  • 1992 - "The Montel Williams Show" talk show host Montel Williams (35) weds burlesque dancer Grace Morley
  • 2002 - Former "Survivor" contestant and talk show host Elisabeth Filarski (25) weds former Boston College quarterback Tim Hasselbeck (24) at St. Mary
  • 2004 - "Trick Pony" lead singer Heidi Newfield (33) weds NFL agent Bill Johnson in Destin, Florida
  • 2007 - Spice Girl singer Melanie Brown (32) weds producer Stephen Belafonte in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 2009 - "Survivor: Gabon" castaway Matty Whitmore weds Jamie Mass at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Malibu

Famous Divorces

  • 2010 - Gossip Girl star Kelly Rutherford (40) divorces German entrepreneur Daniel Giersch (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1891 - John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1815)
  • 1934 - Charles Francis Jenkins, American Inventor and early television pioneer (also invented the altimeter and automobile self-starter) dies at 66
  • 1956 - Hiram Bingham, American Archaeologist (Incan site of Machu Picchu), dies at 80
  • 1968 - Robert Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42
  • 1976 - J. Paul Getty, oil magnate/billionaire, dies at 83
  • 1979 - Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 2005 - Anne Bancroft, American actress, dies from uterine cancer at 73
  • 2013 - Esther Williams, American swimmer and actress, dies from natural causes at 91

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