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June 6 – Celebrating 72 years of D-Day operation

June 6, 1944 D-Day
Troops landing on Normandy, France; Image credit

Although the term D-Day is used routinely as military lingo for the day an operation or event will take place, for many it is also synonymous with June 6, 1944, the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II.

In the early morning hours of June 6, 1944, Americans received word that three years of concerted war efforts had finally culminated in D-day–military jargon for the undisclosed time of a planned British, American, and Canadian action. During the night, over 5,300 ships and 11,000 planes had crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy. The goal of every soldier and civilian involved in that effort was to drive the German military back to Berlin by opening a western front in Europe.

Some other important events that took place on June 6 in history are:

Southwark Bridge, London; Image credit
Southwark Bridge, London; Image credit

• 1683 : The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, opens as the world’s first university museum.
• 1833 : Andrew Jackson becomes the first U.S. President to ride on a train.
• 1850 : Levi Strauss made his first pair of blue jeans which later became a fashion trend among youth
• 1903 : Hiralal Sen shot the first Indian Advertisement sequences for Jabakusum (hair tonic) and Edward’s Tonic.
• 1921 : Southwark Bridge in London is opened to traffic by King George V and Queen Mary.
• 1933 : The first drive-in theatre opens, in Camden, New Jersey, United States.
• 1951 : 1st Berlin International Film Festival opens
• 1983 : Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC’s “Just Men” (PS. We also loved her in The Proposal).
• 1984 : The Indian government sends army troops into the Sikh rebel held Golden Temple compound in Amritsar the holiest shrine of Sikhism where they kill at least 500 Sikh rebels. The army was also ordered to attack Sikh guerrillas besieged in three dozen other temples and religious shrines throughout the state of Punjab.
• 1990 : Government of India decides to extend the validity of passports to 10 years.
• 1999 : Paes-Bhupathi bagged their maiden Grand Slam doubles crown, defeating Goran Ivanisevic and Jeff Tarango in the final.
• 2004 : Tamil is established as a “classical language” by the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, in a joint sitting of the two houses of the Indian Parliament.


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