On This Day

What Happened on April 17, 1942

Historical Events

  • 12 Lancasters bomb MAN factory in Augsburg
  • Operations begin to destroy Sobibor Concentration Camp
  • POW French General Henri Giraud escapes from his castle prison in Festung Königstein

Famous Birthdays

  • David Bradley, British actor (Walder Frey-Game of Thrones), born in York, Yorkshire
  • Mario Brenta, Italian writer and director (Maicol, Barnabo of the Mountains), born in Venice, Italy

Famous Deaths

  • Jean Baptiste Perrin, French physicist, (1926 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovery of sedimentation equilibrium), dies at 71
1942 Highlights

About April 17, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 7 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Aries