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:
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.
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