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On this day in history - June 6

What Happened On This Day – June 6

  • 1984 The video game Tetris is published

    Russian computer engineer, Alexey Pajitnov, created the puzzle game. With over 100 million copies sold, it is one of the most successful video games in history.

  • 1982 Israeli forces invade Lebanon

    The 1982 Lebanon War was triggered by the attack on Israeli ambassador, Shlomo Argov, in London on June 3. Thousands of civilians died during the war, which lasted three years.

  • 1946 The National Basketball Association (NBA) is founded

    The NBA, which comprises teams in the United States and Canada, is considered the world's premier men's professional basketball league.

  • 1944 On D-Day, 160,000 Allied soldiers land in Normandy, France

    The World War II invasion of Normandy established a new major front against the Germans in the west and helped Soviet forces facing the bulk of German troops in the east. Germany capitulated on May 7, 1945.

  • 1930 Frozen food is sold in retail stores for the first time

    18 stores in Springfield, Massachusetts took part in a trial to test consumer acceptance. Clarence Birdseye, the founder of the Birds Eye Frozen Food Company, is considered to be the father of the modern frozen food industry.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
June 6

  • 1963 Jason Isaacs

    English actor, producer

  • 1901 Sukarno

    Indonesian politician, 1st President of Indonesia

  • 1868 Robert Falcon Scott

    English navy officer, explorer

  • 1850 Karl Ferdinand Braun

    German/American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1799 Alexander Pushkin

    Russian author, poet

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Deaths On This Day,
June 6

  • 2013 Esther Williams

    American actress, swimmer

  • 1968 Robert F. Kennedy

    American politician, 64th United States Attorney General

  • 1961 Carl Jung

    Swiss psychiatrist

  • 1891 John A. Macdonald

    Canadian politician, 1st Prime Minister of Canada

  • 1832 Jeremy Bentham

    English jurist, philosopher