Allied forces land over 150,000 troops on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 as part of Operation Overlord – the invasion of occupied France and wrest it away from Nazi Germany.
In addition to the landings, over 20,000 allied troops were dropped behind enemy lines. Considered among one of the most important events of the second world war, the Normandy landings were the largest amphibious invasion in human history.
Brian Lara 501 not out
Brian Lara becomes the first and only batsman in cricketing history to score 500 runs in a first-class match while playing for Warwickshire against Durham.
Mohammad Irfan is born
The 7 feet 1 inch Pakistani pacer, Mohammad Irfan is born on June 6, 1982 in Gaggu Mandi, Punjab.
1982 Lebanon War
Code named Operation Peace for Galilee, Israel launches an invasion of Lebanon on June 6, 1982 as a response to an assassination attempt on Shlomo Argov, the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom.
2002 Eastern Mediterranean event
An undetected asteroid detonates just above the surface of the Mediterranean sea on June 6, 2002. The explosion yielded the energy equivalent of an atomic bomb.
The US Airforce’s General Pete Worden later expressed fear that had the event occurred in South Asia, a nuclear war between India and Pakistan would have started as it was difficult for either countries to determine the cause of the explosion and would assume it to be a nuclear attack. Pakistan and India were locked in a tense military standoff at the time the incident occurred.