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On the morning of the 6th of June 1944, allied forces landed in Normandy on the north coast of France. A fleet of 2,727 ships of every description converged from British ports from Wales to the North Sea. The Germans believed the invasion would not take place under the adverse weather conditions of this early June day. But as the sun came up, the village of Saint Mère Église was liberated by American parachutists, and by nightfall, the landing of 155,000 Allies attested to the success of D-Day.

In 1971 the Soyuz II launched on this day with G.T. Dobrovolsky, V.N. Volkov and V.I. Patsayev on board. They conducted a 24 day Space flight. The Salyut orbital space station was their destination and they conducted scientific experiments. Unfortunately, on return landing, the three died.

Sweden celebrates National day on the 6th of June, the day commemorates two key dates; the day Gustavus I (Gustavus Vasa) ascended the throne of Sweden in 1523 and the day in 1809 when Sweden adopted a new constitution.

In 1844  George Williams, founded the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) to offer an alternative, safe, Christian social environment for young men.

Many ups and downs, but June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day, held on the birth anniversary of Donald F. Duncan (1892–1971), the entrepreneur (founder of the Duncan Toys Company) who was the great popularizer of the toy. The day was created in 1990 by Daniel Volk, a former yo-yo demonstrator.

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