On this day: June 6

Published: Jun 04 2013 11:56:01 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 06 2014 02:00:00 AM EDT

Most of downtown Seattle burns to the ground, the first drive-in movie theater opens, Allied troops storm the beaches of Normandy, the Rolling Stones can't get no "Satisfaction," and "Tetris" is unleashed on the world, all on this day.

OTD June 6 - Esther Williams
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2013: Esther Williams, swimming champion-turned-movie star, dies of natural causes at age 91 in Los Angeles, California. Williams, who was a U.S. swimming champion in freestyle and the breaststroke by her late teens, turned to acting after World War II canceled the 1940 Olympic Games. She made her movie debut alongside Mickey Rooney in 1942's "Andy Hardy's Double Life," and went on to appear in more than 20 films through the 1950s, including "Bathing Beauty," "Neptune's Daughter" and "Million Dollar Mermaid," taking many roles that featured her as a swimmer.

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