On This Day

What Happened on December 17, 1938

Day of the Week: Saturday

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 middle distance runner (3 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Opunake, New Zealand