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“Over sixty years later, the Normandy invasion, codenamed Operation Overlord, still remains the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving almost three million troops crossing the English Channel from England to Normandy in then German-occupied France.”

The BBC has an article in their On This Day series and a Flash animation of the Allied landings.

Also on this day:

1966James Meredith, the first black man to enter the University of Mississippi, was shot and wounded after entering Mississippi on a civil rights march.

1968Robert Francis Kennedy died after being shot earlier following his primary victory in California.

“Laws can embody standards; governments can enforce laws–but the final task is not a task for government. It is a task for each and every one of us. Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted–when we tolerate what we know to be wrong–when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy, or too frightened–when we fail to speak up and speak out–we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.”


1 Steve Bates { 06.06.08 at 12:43 am }

I found myself singing “Abraham, Martin and John,” which of course ends with an extra verse for Bobby. One cannot help wondering how many hopes would have been fulfilled had Bobby Kennedy survived and held office as president. Sometimes history turns, not on the extinction of millions of lives, but on the life and death of a single person. That day was such a turning point, and RFK’s was such a life. I still miss him.

2 Bryan { 06.06.08 at 12:52 am }

No Nixon. Bobby could have won, but Humphrey was too tainted by the war and LBJ to win, and no one else had the stature to get the nomination.