On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1943

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • 498 British bombers attack Peenemunde (development base for the V weapons)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Gen Patton enters Messina, completing conquest of Sicily by Allies

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • US 8th Air Force loses 60 B-17s during attack on Schweinfurt and Regensburg

Famous Birthdays

  • Dave "Snaker" Ray, American musician (d. 2002)
  • Edward Cowie, composer
  • Koos Postema, editor-in-chief (Vrije Volk)/Dutch TV host

Person of interestRobert De Niro

Robert De Niro, American actor (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull), born in NYC, New York

  • Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)