On This Day

What Happened on February 3, 1943

Historical Events

  • "The Four Chaplains" drown after giving up their life jackets to others as the US Army transport ship Dorchester sinks in the North Atlantic [1]

Famous Birthdays

  • Blythe Danner, American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress (Butterflies Are Free), and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dennis Edwards, American po and R&B singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), born in Fairfield, Alabama (d. 2018)
  • Eric Haydock, British bassist (Hollies - "He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother")

Famous Deaths

  • Alexander Goode, American US Navy chaplain and rabbi (The Four Chaplains) drowns in the sinking of the Dorchester at 31 [1]
  • Clark Poling, American US Army chaplain and Protestant minister (The Four Chaplains) drowns in the sinking of the Dorchester at 32 [1]
  • George Fox, American US Army chaplain and Methodist minister (The Four Chaplains) drowns in the sinking of the Dorchester at 42 [1]
  • John Washington, American US Army chaplain and Catholic priest (The Four Chaplains) drowns in the sinking of the Dorchester at 34 [1]
1943 Highlights

About February 3, 1943

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 4 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

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