This Weekend In History…

World War II – Battle of Midway

June 4, 1942

The Battle of Midway begins. It would be Japan’s first major defeat of the war. The United States scored a major defeat against the attacking Japanese fleet near Midway Atoll, inflicting severe damage to the Japanese. All four of Japan’s large aircraft carriers and a heavy cruiser were sunk, while the U.S. lost only the carrier USS Yorktown and a destroyer. This is considered a major turning point in the war.

Robert F. Kennedy Shot

June 5, 1968

24-year-old Palestinian Sirhan Bishara Sirhan shoots Robert F. Kennedy three times. Kennedy died the following day. Five other people were wounded. Kennedy had just won the California primary. After addressing his supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, he was leaving the hotel kitchen when Sirhan approached and began firing. He had been advised by his bodyguard to avoid the kitchen.


June 6, 1944

Allied troops invade Europe at Normandy, during World War II. Over 4,000 allied troops were killed on the first day of the invasion, with the Germans losing about 1,000. Also, known as the Normandy landings, this was the largest seaborne invasion in history, with 875,000 men disembarking by the end of June.