On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1942

Historical Events

  • Task Force 17 leaves Pearl Harbor under Admiral George Murray on USS Hornet
  • Transport #20 departs with French Jews to nazi-Germany
  • US 8th Air Force bombers stage first independent raid on Europe, attack Rouen, France

Famous Birthdays

  • John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), born in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe) (d. 2018)
1942 Highlights

About August 17, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 3 months and 10 days
Leap Year: No

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