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Sat 6 Jun 2020
at 19:51
Nations' Most Memorable Date
(I believe this topic is permissible, but I am mindful that public "game" political discussions are banned—for good reason. Please consider this to be a matter of interesting historical tidbits.)

Today, for the U.S., is D-Day. That got me to thinking: What is the most important/memorable date for each country, and why. For the U.S., I think it's July 4, 1776 because of these words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. ....
 member, 34 posts
Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 03:40
Nations' Most Memorable Date
In reply to OceanLake (msg # 1):

Today, for the world, is D-Day, to suggest it is only important to the US I am thinking is why politics is banned here and rightly so.  So let's turn it into an educational exercise?

We know from movies like The Longest Day that June 6th was the invasion of Europe by the Allies.  So England provided the staging point and France was the landing point.  German troops defended along with troops from which other countries?  US, English and Canadian troops landed at the beach heads. Any other nations?  US, Canadian and British paratroopers and glider troops landed behind the beachheads, any other nations?  I know there were Polish pilots fighting in the British Airforce as well.

So how many other nations were directly involved in the D-Day operation?

This was a big day for the US and England and France and Germany and...
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Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 03:51
Nations' Most Memorable Date
The majority of troops who landed on the D-Day beaches were from the United Kingdom, Canada and the US.  However, troops from many other countries participated in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: Australia, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway and Poland.

Source: https://theddaystory.com/discover/what-is-d-day/
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Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 04:05
Re: Nations' Most Memorable Date
Today, for the world, is D-Day...

I doubt most of Africa and South America cares about D-Day.  Are you suggesting they aren't part of the world?

What OceanLake meant is "In the US we celebrate D-Day today", not "D-Day only matters in the US".

But yeah, I agree with Ocean, pretty much July 4th is the most important date in our (the USA's) history, but a lot of USAians still observe D-Day (less so among the newest generation though).
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Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 04:14
Re: Nations' Most Memorable Date
I happent to be thinking of dates which linger in a society's memory. I began wondering which was the most important date, one most remembered, is various countries, and why.

For an example off the top of my head, in England is it 15 June 1215, the day the Magna Carta was signed?
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Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 04:43
Re: Nations' Most Memorable Date
I doubt most of Africa and South America cares about D-Day.  Are you suggesting they aren't part of the world?

Did you know that Africa and South America were also involved in World War 2?

There is a reason why they called it the World War. The vast majority of the nations of the world were drawn into the conflict one way or another. It's like gravity, and something that massive can't help but ripple outward.

While in general South America was mostly notable for a few Axis/Ally naval engagements along the coastline Brazil did send forces to conquer Italy.


As for Africa that was the sight of many famous engagements in the deserts of Northern Africa. It's why the called Rommel "The Desert Fox".

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Sun 7 Jun 2020
at 04:52
Re: Nations' Most Memorable Date
From what I understand, General Patton conceeded that Rommel was better at tank warfaee in the desert, and that the only reason the Germans were defeated was because Rommel had angered Hitler, and much if his materiel and personnel resupplies had been cut.