On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 1938

Historical Events


PlaneItalian Air Force Bombs Barcelona

The Italian Air Force, in support of Francisco Franco, bombs Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War

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The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
The Italian Air Force conducts a bombing campaign in Barcelona during the Spanish Civil War
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Famous Birthdays

  • Fred Akers, American football coach (University of Wyoming; University of Texas, Austin; Purdue; career college record 108–75–3), born in Blytheville, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • Keith O'Brien, Scottish Catholic archbishop (St Andrews & Edinburgh), born in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Rudolf Nureyev, Russian ballet dancer/choreographer (Kirov), born on a train near Irkutsk, Soviet Union (d. 1993)
  • Zoletta "Zola" Taylor, American pop singer (The Platters, 1954-62 - "The Great Pretender"; "Only You"; "Twilight Time"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2007)
1938 Highlights

About March 17, 1938

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 4 months and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Pisces