On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1938

Historical Events

  • Discovery of nuclear fission using uranium by Otto Hahn and his assistant Fritz Strassmann
  • Utrecht Central Station destroyed by fire

Famous Birthdays

  • Carlo Little, English drummer (d. 2005)
  • Peter Snell, New Zealand athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1960, 64; 1,500m 1964), born in Opunake, New Zealand (d. 2019)
1938 Highlights

About December 17, 1938

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 82 years, 10 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Sagittarius