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June 6, 1944: Operation Overlord: As part of the D-Day landings, the 82nd Airborne Division arrives at the French town of Sainte-Mère-Église. D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II. (All Major League Baseball games are cancelled in honor of the D-Day landings in northern France.)


June 7, 1665: Great Plague of London: Samuel Pepys writes in his diary of houses marked with a red cross in London's Drury Lane, meaning somebody inside is infected with the plague and must be locked in for 40 days or until death.


June 8, 1982: US President Ronald Reagan addresses the British Parliament in his "ash heap of history" speech.


June 9, 1983: Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party wins British parliamentary election.


June 10, 1752: Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment.


June 11, 1898: 1st US Marines (600) land at Guantanamo, Cuba during the Spanish–American War.


June 12, 1923: Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present in Amsterdam.




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