On this day in 1944 under the command of supreme commander Dwight Eisenhower, 150,000 British, American, and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The invasion was actually planned a few weeks prior, but weather delayed it. After the debacle at Dunkirk, the allies had been stuck on the British Isles, but gained a beach head that would be the beginning of the end for Nazi Germany. 2,000 men lost their lives during the largest amphibious invasion in history. By the end of the month over three quarters of a million allied troops were in France and on their way to Berlin.
On this day in 1949 the book 1984 by George Orwell is publish for the first time. A book written about the downfalls of big government, it painted a picture of an invasive, and controlling brand of leadership and opened a lot of readers eyes to what could happen if their rights started to go away. It also made for a pretty weird super bowl ad.
On this day in 1981 a railroad engineer in India inadvertently killed 600 passengers when he applied the brakes too hard in order to avoid killing a cow. The train was well over capacity as is the norm in India and that coupled with the fact that cows are revered as holy, it caused the worst train accident ever in India.
And on this day in 1962 the Beatles went into the recording studio for the first time at Abby Road Studios and recorded four tracks. One of them was "Love Me Do", which would launch their careers world wide. They each mad about $12.00.