D-Day: Frontpage News

Above are a selection of front pages from newspapers from across Britain, Canada and the United States.  Once the invasion had begun at 05:00 on the morning of the 6th June the news was announced publicly hours later, with many Newspapers going to print with preliminary reports.

The New York Times, and many other newspapers across the world, ran extra editions as soon as they received the news of the Invasion, above are two editions of The New York Times published on 6th June.

Many of the Canadian papers ran with the news that the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division was in the vanguard landing on Juno Beach.  Some of the paper’s focus on the number of bombing sorties or men and ships that are involved while others report that resistance is lighter than expected. One thing that is common to almost all of the front pages is the use of a map diagram to show the general area of the landings.

The press office of the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force had pre-prepared statements and press releases and carefully disseminated details of the invasion’s progress from battlefield reports.

The newspapers featured above are as follows:

The Vancouver Sun, (source)
The Baltimore Evening Sun, (source)
The Daily Telegraph, London, (source)
The Evening News, London, (source)
The Evening Citizen, Ottawa, (source)
The New York Times - 6AM Extra, (source)
The Daily Mirror, London, (source)
The Globe & Mail, Toronto, (source)
The Duluth News-Tribune, (source)
The New York Times, (source)

Queen Elizabeth II drops the puck for a preseason game between the Sharks and Canucks in Vancouver. Accompanying her on the red carpet were Olympians Ed Jovanovski and Cassie Campbell, and Wayne Gretzky.  Out of frame is Howie Meeker (Hall of Fame broadcaster). The players in the faceoff are Mike Ricci (SJ) and Markus Naslund (VAN).

“Crosby scores! Sidney Crosby! The golden goal! And Canada has a once in a lifetime Olympic gold. These golden games have their crowning moments and why wouldn’t it be Sidney Crosby.”


As the City of Vancouver discusses the possibility of a subway along the Broadway corridor, it’s worth taking a look at Vancouver’s history of rail transit. 

Fifty-five years ago today, the last interurban tram ran between Marpole and Steveston, marking the end of nearly seven decades of rail-based public transit. 

The Arbutus-Steveston tram was called the Lulu Island line and was one of several interurban lines in the Lower Mainland. (They were called interurbans because they ran between cities.)

There were two lines that ran from Vancouver to New Westminster through Burnaby (the Central Park line and the Burnaby Lake line), a route that ran from New West to Marpole, and a line that went from New West to Chilliwack. SkyTrain’s Expo Line more or less follows the Central Park interurban route.

What happened to the trams when they stopped running? They were taken to the B.C. Electric yards by the Burrard Bridge and burnt.

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The hidden black history of an old B.C. mining town
Archivist Christine Meutzner found at least 70 black settlers were living in the old mining town in 1890s

Jimmy Claxton, the first black man to play organized baseball in the 20th century, is one of the most well-known black Canadians in history.

But Nanaimo Community Archives manager Christine Meutzner has always believed Claxton’s couldn’t have been the only black family living in Wellington, B.C., where he was born in 1892.

And when asked by the City of Nanaimo and other local community groups to explore the history of Wellington, a former mining town and now a neighbourhood of Nanaimo, Meutzner discovered she was right.

“One black person had already been identified and I thought, well, he … wasn’t deposited there by a stork — there must have been a family,” she told On The Island.

“There must have, perhaps, been other families, and that’s how I discovered them.”

Meutzner, who recently presented preliminary findings at the Nanaimo Art Gallery, found at least 70 black settlers — or six per cent of the population —  lived in Wellington in 1891.

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William S Burroughs endorses Mr Peanut for mayor, 1974

Performance artist Vincent Trasov ran for mayor in 1974 as Planter’s Peanuts’ upper class anthropomorphic legume, Mr Peanut. He ran on an art-centric platform, spelled out in an acronym: P for Performance, E for Elegance, A for Art, N for Nonsense, U for Uniqueness, and T for Talent. Mr Peanut didn’t win the election but captured a lot of media attention and even an endorsement from beat writer William S Burroughs, who happened to be in town:

I would like to take this opportunity to endorse the candidacy of Mr. Peanut for mayor of Vancouver. Mr. Peanut is running on the art platform, and art is the creation of illusion. Since the inexorable logic of reality has created nothing but insolvable problems, it is now time for illusion to take over. And there can only be one illogical candidate-Mr. Peanut. 

Mr Peanut got 2685 votes, or 3.4% of total votes cast, and incumbent Art Phillips won the day. According to Trasov, the NDP and NPA candidates took Mr Peanut seriously, while “only Art Phillips saw the humorous side of it – that got him re-elected.”

William S Burroughs died in 1997. He would have turned 100 today.