What Happened on July 17, 1942

Historical Events

  • 3' of rain falls on Pennsylvania, flooding kills 15
  • Estimated 34.5" (87.5 cm) of rainfall, Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record); flooding kills 15
  • Transport #6 departs Pithiviers, France with 928 French Jews sent to Aushwitz Concentration camp; 45 survive until the war's end
1942 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Connie Hawkins, American professional basketball player, 1961-76 ABA MVP-1968 (Harlem Globetrotters, 1963-66; Phoenix Suns, L.A. Lakers), born Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NYC (d. 2017)
  • Don Kessinger, American baseball player, born in Forrest City, Arkansas
  • Gale Garnett, New Zealand-Canadian folk singer-songwriter ("We'll Sing in the Sunshine"), and actress, born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • Peter Sissons, British newsreader, born in Liverpool, England (d. 2019)
Born in 1942

Famous Weddings

Lana Turner

American movie actress Lana Turner (21) weds 2nd husband, American actor and restaurateur Steve Crane (annulled due to uncompleted divorce from prior marriage)

About July 17, 1942

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 8 months and 16 days
Leap Year: No

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