On This D-Day, June 6, 1944 – Allied Forces Invade Europe

Ike Addresses Troops

1944 – The D-Day invasion of Europe took place on the beaches of Normandy, France. 400,000 Allied American, British and Canadian troops were involved.

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force! You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers in arms on other fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man to man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our home fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessings of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

1833 – Andrew Jackson became the first president to ride in a train. It was a B&O passenger train. 

1844 – The Young Men’s Christian Association was founded in London. 

1882 – The first electric iron was patented by H.W. Seely. 

1904 – The National Tuberculosis Association was formed in Atlantic City, NJ

1925 – Chrysler Corporation was founded by Walter Percy Chrysler. 

1932 – In the U.S., the first federal tax on gasoline went into effect. It was a penny per gallon. 

1933 – In Camden, NJ, the first drive-in movie theater opened. 

1934 – President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Securities Exchange Act, which established the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 

1936 – The first helicopter was tested in a building in Berlin, Germany. 

1941 – The U.S. government authorized the seizure of foreign ships in U.S. ports. 

1942 – The first nylon parachute jump was made by Adeline Gray in Hartford, CT

1942 – Japanese forces retreated in the World War II Battle of Midway. The battle had begun on June 4. 

1968 -Senator Robert F. Kennedy died at 1:44am in Los Angeles after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy was was shot the evening before while campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. 

1971 – “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired for the last time. It was canceled after 23 years on the air. Gladys Knight and the Pips were the musical guests on show.


Source: On-This-Day.com; Army.mil