1944 – D-Day
On this day, 1944, the Allied Forces crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. This operation started the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control. After three months, the northern part of France was freed and the Allied invasion force started preparing to enter Germany.
The Nazi forces and their allies were in control of most Europe’s mainland, and the Allies Forces knew that invading the continent is crucial for winning the war. So on the morning of June 5, 1944, U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, gave the order for Operation Overlord – the largest military operation in history.
1949 – George Orwell’s “1984” is published
On this day, 1949, George Orwell published his last and most famous novel “Nineteen Eighty-Four”. The novel’s dystopian future forecast, with an all-seeing leader known as the “Big Brother”, becomes a universal symbol for intrusive and oppressive governments. Orwell’s grim vision of the future where all citizens are watched and controlled constantly. Orwell died in 1950.
1933 – First Drive-In movie theater
On this Day, 1933, desirous motorists parked their vehicles, laid back comfortably and watched a movie in the first-ever drive-in movie theater. The first drive-in theater was located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey, and started a trend that eventually became an icon of American culture.
Drive-in theaters were the brainchild of Richard Hollingshead, a sales manager at his father’s company in Camden. He was inspired by his mom (of course) and her struggle to sit comfortably in traditional theater seats. Hollingshead raised the idea of an open-air theater where viewers watch movies in the comfort of their vehicles. He started experimenting in his driveway different projectors, sound techniques, rain resistance and more.
1981 – Train avoids cow, but kills 600
On this day, 1981, 600 passengers were killed when their train plunged into the Baghmati River in India – all because of a cow.
The train, filled with about 1,000 passengers, approached the bridge over the river when a cow crossed the train tracks. The Hindu engineer – who believed that cows are sacred – braked the train too hard and the train slid on the wet rails and fell into the river. Rescue teams were hours away, and by the time they got to the scene, nearly 600 people had already lost their lives.
1998 – Sex and the City premieres on HBO
On this day, 1998, HBO aired the pilot of Sex and the City, a new comedy series about the lives of four single women living in New York City. In the pilot, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), who authors a newspaper column for the fictional New York City Star, and her three friends – Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristin Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) – discuss the issue of whether women are capable of having sex like men.
The show didn’t go well with fans until the second season, when the format show changed a bit. But the main idea (that each episode reflects a topic in Carrie’s newspaper columns) remained throughout the whole show, along with the unusual discussion and representation of sex, which became the show’s hallmark.