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D-Day 1944
On June 6, 1944, a mighty armada crossed a narrow strip of sea from England to France, beginning the largest amphibious invasion in history. Britannica tells this dramatic story in a multimedia spotlight called “Normandy 1944,” offering audio clips of the soldiers who survived it, newsreels that captured the event for posterity, and a special history of the invasion by Sir John Keegan, one of the most distinguished historians of our day.
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Diego Velázquez, baptized this day in 1599 and trained in a naturalistic style, had remarkable power of observation in portraying both the living model and still life and was the leading Spanish painter of the 17th century.
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Led by U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, an Allied armada of ships, planes, and landing craft and some 156,000 troops began the invasion of northern France from England this day in 1944—the famous “D-Day” of World War II.
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