What Happened in 1943

Significant Events

  • Jan 18 Soviets announce they have broken the long siege of Leningrad by Nazi Germany
  • Feb 2 German 6th Army surrenders after Battle of Stalingrad in a major turning point in Europe during World War II
  • Feb 9 Japanese troops evacuate Guadalcanal, ends epic WWII battle on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific
  • Mar 3 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • Mar 14 World War II: Kraków Ghetto is "liquidated"
  • May 12 Axis forces in North Africa surrender
  • May 16 Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs
  • Jun 3 A mob of 60 from the Los Angeles Naval Reserve Armory beat up everyone perceived to be Hispanic, starting the week-long Zoot Suit Riots.
  • Jun 12 Himmler orders the extermination of all Nazi ghettos in occupied Poland
  • Jul 12 WWII: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
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Did You Know?

World's largest office building, the Pentagon is completed

On January 15, 1943


World Leaders in 1943

Famous People in 1943

Famous Weddings

Famous Divorces

  • Jun 29 Actor Jackie Coogan (28) divorces actress Flower Parry after almost 2 years of marriage
  • Jul 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage
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