Open Session: What Readers Think


| July 2007



D-Day anniversary - I was surprised and a bit disappointed when I did not find D-Day in Europe listed in 'This day in history' for June 6, 1944 (June). Why? The naval ship that I was on crossed the international date line in 1944, and went from the afternoon of the fifth to the afternoon of the sixth.

I was about as far away from that action as I could be on this hemisphere, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in charge of a small group of radiomen near the bridge of the flagship to which I was assigned. In the middle of the night shift when everything was quiet, I picked up the earphones of a radio set that was not in use. As I turned the dial, I heard a voice say, 'And I say again, northern France has been invaded.' I told the officer of the watch, and soon the room was full of officers, all wanting the latest word on what was happening half the Earth away.

Clair L. Koons
Jasper, Ark.

Editor's note: Thanks for sharing your own remembrance of that momentous day with us, Clair. We're always glad to receive letters from readers recounting their own personal experience of historical events.

You raise an important point - D-Day is an event that should never go unrecognized. Any list of important historical dates in the month of June would be incomplete without it.

'This day in history,' however, is not meant to be a list of the most important dates in history. If it were, it would change little from year to year.

Rather, the feature is meant to be a wide-ranging, somewhat quirky snapshot of events in history. Some events - like an account of a significant moment in Abraham Lincoln's life - might inform us of something we didn't know. Others - such as noting the day a hit song from the '60s broke a record on the music charts - remind us of something we haven't thought of in a long time … and possibly conjure up old memories from our own lives.





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