75 YEARS AGO: THE D-DAY LANDINGS

D-Day landings D-Day landings

It was on June 6, 1944, that a mass armada of Allied ships attempted a landing on the beaches of Normandy, in France. The world's largest amphibious invasion was extremely risky in many respects yet was intricately planned and ultimately successful, eventually turning the tide of the war in Europe in the Allies' favor.

Find out more about this momentous day. This feature includes profiles of some of the major commanders on both sides–such as American Dwight D. Eisenhower, Brit Bernard Montgomery, and Germany's Erwin Rommel and Gerd von Rundstedt–as well as features on the espionage element of the landings and the previous failures from which Allied commander learned important lessons.


RECENT EVENTS

Billionaire to Pay All College Graduates' Debts
May 19, 2019
Robert F. Smith Billionaire Robert F. Smith has promised to pay the student loan debts of nearly 400 college graduates. Smith made the announcement during his commencement at Morehouse College. School officials are still calculating the total amount owed by the 396 people who will benefit, but early estimates were that the total would be more than $10 million. Smith founded Vista Equity Partners, a firm that buys and sells software companies, and became the richest African-American man in America; his personal net worth was recently estimated to be about $5 billion. He made the offer on behalf of him and his family. He earlier made a $1.5 million grant to the college.

Maine Bans Native American School Mascots Statewide
May 19, 2019
Maine has banned the use of Native American symbols as educational institution mascots. The state legislature, in a unanimous vote, passed the bill that would prohibit public schools, colleges, and universities from such representations; Gov. Janet Mills signed the bill into law. No high school in the state now has a Native American mascot. The last one to make that happen did so in March 2019, the result of a grassroots movement that began two decades ago.

Ukrainian Actor Assumes Presidency, Dissolves Parliament
May 19, 2019
Volodomyr Zelenskiy inauguration It was several shades of new as Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy assumed the presidency of his country. The 41-year-old comedian and star of a TV show in which he plays the Ukrainian president had a surprisingly easy victory over incumbent Petro Poroshenko, winning 73 percent of the vote. He further dispensed with tradition before and during his inauguration. He walked to the ceremony, rather than riding in a motorcade. He high-fived several people along the way and stopped to take a selfie with one of them. He dissolved the country's parliament, the Supreme Rada, and called a snap election, supplanting the one already scheduled to take place in October.

IN DAYS GONE BY

Vasco da Gama and the Gateway to India
Vasco da Gama was the son of a famous man who became more famous than his father, perhaps the most famous of all Portuguese explorers. His life was not without controversy, however, even if it was filled with fame and fortune. The event for which he achieved fame, arrival in India, occurred on May 20, 1498.

Brooklyn Bridge Opens to the Public
After a 14-year construction period, the Brooklyn Bridge finally opened to the public on May 24, 1883. It was the world's longest steel-suspension bridge. When it opened, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.


Why Is It?

Why Is That 'A Watched Pot Never Boils'?

It has to do with a person's attention span ... and Benjamin Franklin

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