On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1920

Historical Events

  • New York Yankees cancel game with Cleveland Indians in memory of Ray Chapman who dies after being hit by a pitch the previous day

Famous Birthdays

  • Georgia Gibbs, singer (Ballin the Jack, Kiss of Fire), born in Worcester, Massachusetts

Maureen O'Hara

Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), born in Ranelagh, Ireland (d. 2015)

  • Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), born in Hellier, Kentucky (d. 1960)

Famous Deaths

  • Ray Chapman, American baseball shortstop (Cleveland Indians), dies after being hit in the head by a pitch from NY Yankees Carl Mays at 29
1920 Highlights

About August 17, 1920

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 101 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo