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 [Frieda Lipschitz], American jazz and pop singer ("Kiss of Fire"; "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake"), born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 2006) [1]

Maureen O'HaraMaureen O'Hara (1920-2015)

Irish-American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; The Quiet Man; Only The Lonely), and singer, born in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland

  • Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), born in Hellier, Kentucky (d. 1960)
Born in 1920

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? 102 years, 9 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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