What Happened in July 1943

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 "Pay-as-you-go" - 1st withholding tax from paychecks
  • Jul 2 Gulf of Biskaje: Liberator bombers sinks U-126
  • Jul 2 Indians score 12 runs in 4th inning & beat Yankees 12-0
  • Jul 2 Lt Charles Hall becomes 1st black pilot to shoot down a Nazi plane
  • Jul 3 Liberator bombers sinks U-628
  • Jul 5 Battle of Gulf of Kula
  • Jul 5 Battle of Koersk, USSR begins (6,000 tanks)
  • Jul 5 Liberator bombers sink U-535 in Gulf of Biskaye
  • Jul 5 US invasion fleet (96 ships) sails to Sicily
  • Jul 6 2nd day of battle at Kursk: 25,000 German killed
  • Jul 6 US destroyer William D Porter [Willie Dee] launched

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 7 -10] Japanese premier Hideki Tojo visits Java

Prime Minister of Japan during WW II Hideki Tojo
Prime Minister of Japan during WW II
Hideki Tojo
  • Jul 7 3rd day of battle at Kursk: Germans occupy Dubrova
  • Jul 7 Erich Hartmann shoots 7 Russian aircraft at Kursk
  • Jul 7 Liberator bombers sinks U-517
  • Jul 7 German Submarine U-951 sunk by depth charges, off Cape St. Vincent in the North Atlantic
  • Jul 8 4th day of battle at Kursk: Gen Model uses last tank reserve
  • Jul 8 British air raid sinks U-232

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 8 Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging (Dutch National Socialist Movement) leader Anton Mussert meets with Heinrich Himmler

Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS Heinrich Himmler
Leading Nazi and Reichsführer of the SS
Heinrich Himmler
  • Jul 8 US invasion fleet passes Bizerta Tunisia
  • Jul 9 5th day of battle at Kursk: Germans occupy Verchopenje
  • Jul 9 British air raid sinks U-435
  • Jul 10 6th day of battle at Kursk
  • Jul 10 US, British and Canadian forces invade Sicily in WW II (Operation Husky)
  • Jul 11 7th day of battle at Kursk

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 11 Counter attack by Hermann Goering's Armoured division in Sicily

Nazi Politician Hermann Goering
Nazi Politician
Hermann Goering
  • Jul 11 US 45th Division occupies airport Comiso Sicily
  • Jul 11 US 82nd Airborne division shot at by "friendly fire" in Sicily
  • Jul 11 Massacres of Poles in Volhynia.
  • Jul 12 Battle of Kolombangara (Second Battle of Gulf of Kula)
  • Jul 12 National Committee Freies Deutschland forms
  • Jul 12 Pope Pius XII receives German ambassador baron von Weizsacker
  • Jul 12 Soviet offensive at Orel
  • Jul 12 World War II: Battle of Prokhorovka - Russians defeat German forces in one of the largest ever tank battles
  • Jul 13 11th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 5-3 at Shibe Park, Philadelphia
  • Jul 13 Greatest tank battle in history ends with Russia's defeat of Germany at Kursk, almost 6,000 tanks take part, 2,900 lost by Germany
  • Jul 17 RAF bombs Germany rocket base Peenemunde
  • Jul 18 British assault on Catania, Sicily
  • Jul 18 Giants & Phillies strand record 30 baserunners, NY wins, 10-6
  • Jul 19 500 allied air forces raid Rome during WW II

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 20 US Joint Chiefs of Staff question Admiral Chester Nimitz over the landing on Gilbert Island

US Admiral Chester Nimitz
US Admiral
Chester Nimitz

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jul 21 "Stormy Weather", directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing "Ain't Misbehavin'" premieres in the US

Jazz Musician and Songwriter Fats Waller
Jazz Musician and Songwriter
Fats Waller

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 22 US forces led by Gen George Patton liberate Palermo Sicily

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Jul 23 Battle of Koersk, USSR ends in Nazi defeat (6,000 tanks)
  • Jul 23 US 45th Infantry division occupies north coast of Termini
  • Jul 24 Operation Gomorrah begins - RAF begins bombing Hamburg (till 3rd August), creating firestorm and killing 42,600
  • Jul 25 1st warship named after an African American launched - USS Leonard Roy Harmon, a Buckley class destroyer

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 25 Benito Mussolini dismissed as Italian Premier and arrested on the authority of King Victor Emmanuel III

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Jul 25 Opposition group Zwaantje forms in Delfzijl
  • Jul 25 RAF bombs Fokker airplane factory in Amsterdam
  • Jul 26 120°F (49°C), Tishmoningo, Oklahoma (state record)
  • Jul 26 Otto Skorzeny's commando group arrives in Rome
  • Jul 27 772 British bombers attack Hamburg
  • Jul 28 Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini resigns

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jul 28 US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 28 World War II: Operation Gomorrah: The British bomb Hamburg causing a firestorm that kills 42,000 German civilians
  • Jul 29 1 million inhabitants flee Hamburg
  • Jul 29 Nazi's evacuate Hollandsche Theater in Amsterdam
  • Jul 30 US 45th Infantry division occupies San Stefano
  • Jul 31 Transport #58 departs with French Jews to nazi Germany

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Jeff Wayne, American musician, born in new York City
  • Jul 2 Walter Godefroot, Belgian cyclist
  • Jul 3 Kurtwood Smith, New Lisbon, Wisconsin, American actor (That '70s Show, Robocop)
  • Jul 3 Gary Waldhorn, actor (To the Camp & Back)
  • Jul 3 Geraldo Rivera, [Gerry Rivers], American news personality (20/20, Geraldo), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 3 Judith Durham, Australian singer (The Seekers), born in Essendon, Victoria
  • Jul 3 Norman Thagard, American scientist and astronaut (STS 7, 51-B, 30, 42, 71, Mir), born in Marianna, Florida
  • Jul 4 Al "Blind Owl" Wilson, rock guitarist/vocalist (Canned Heat)
  • Jul 4 Dave Rowberry, rocker (Animals-House of the Rising Sun)
  • Jul 4 Emerson Boozer, NFL running back (NY Jet)/sportscaster
  • Jul 4 Konrad "Conny" Bauer, German musician
  • Jul 4 Milan Máčala, Czech football coach
  • Jul 5 Robbie Robertson [Jamie], Canadian-American singer-songwriter and rock guitarist (The Band), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jul 5 Curt Blefary [Curtis Le Roy], American baseball player (1965 AL rookie of year, The Sporting News Rookie of the Year), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Jul 7 Toto Cutugno, Italian singer
  • Jul 7 Joel Siegel, American film critic (d. 2007)
  • Jul 8 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • Jul 9 John H Casper, USAF/astronaut (STS 36, 54, 62, 77), born in Greenville, South Carolina

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 10 Arthur Ashe, American tennis star (1968 US Open, 1975 Wimbledon), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1993)

Tennis Player Arthur Ashe
Tennis Player
Arthur Ashe
  • Jul 10 Jerry Miller, rock guitarist (Moby Grape), born in Tacoma, Washington
  • Jul 11 Susan Seaforth Hayes, SF, actress (Days of our Life, Young & Restless)
  • Jul 11 Oscar D'León, Venezuelan musician
  • Jul 12 Bruce Taylor, cricketer (big-hitting NZ all-rounder 1965-73)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Christine McVie, English rock vocalist (Fleetwood Mac-Got A Hold on Me), born in Bouth, England

Rock vocalist Christine McVie
Rock vocalist
Christine McVie
  • Jul 12 Ernie Anastos, Nashua NH, news anchor (WCBS, WABC)
  • Jul 12 Paul Silas, NBAer (Boston Celtic, Seattle SuperSonic)
  • Jul 12 Walter Murch, American film editor
  • Jul 13 Danny Lockin, Lanai, Hawaii, actor/dancer (Hello Dolly), (d. 1977)
  • Jul 14 Lynn Loring, American actress (Patty-Fair Exchange, Barbara-FBI), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 15 Diligenti quintuplets, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Jul 15 Jocelyn Burnell, astronomer

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 16 Jimmy Johnson, American NFL coach (Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins), born in Port Arthur, Texas

NFL Head Coach Jimmy Johnson
NFL Head Coach
Jimmy Johnson
  • Jul 16 Stanley Gebler Davies, journalist/drinker
  • Jul 16 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet (d. 1990)
  • Jul 18 Calvin Peete, PGA golfer (1979 Greater Milwaukee Open), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 18 Robin McDonald, Scotland, rock guitarist (Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas)
  • Jul 19 Roy Dunbard Bridges Jr, Col USAF/astro (STS 51-F, 61-F), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Jul 20 Chris Amon, New Zealand Formula 1 racer, born in Bulls, New Zealand (d. 2016)
  • Jul 20 Wendy Richard, English actress
  • Jul 20 Dennis Yost, vocalist (The Classics IV), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2008)
  • Jul 21 David Downing, American actor (Backstairs at the White House), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 21 Edward Herrmann, actor (Day of the Dolphin, Reds), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jul 21 Jerry McGee, New Lexingon OH, PGA golfer (1975 Pensacola Open)
  • Jul 21 Henry McCullough, Irish guitarist (Wings), born in Portstewart, Northern Ireland (d. 2016)
  • Jul 22 Bobby Sherman [Robert Cabot Sherman Jr.], American actor/singer (Here Comes the Brides), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 22 Yoran Ben Ami, Israel, producer/president (Triumph Pictures)
  • Jul 22 Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator from Texas
  • Jul 23 Tony Joe White, rocker
  • Jul 23 Dr. Randall Forsberg, American nuclear freeze advocate (d. 2007)
  • Jul 24 Henk Vos, chemical analyst/Dutch politician (PvdA) 2nd Chamber
  • Jul 24 Lyudmila Bragina, USSR, 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1972)
  • Jul 25 Janet Margolin, American actress (Take the Money & Run, David & Lisa), born in NYC, New York (d. 1993)
  • Jul 25 Jim McCarty, rock drummer (Yardbirds-For Your Love), born in Liverpool, England
  • Jul 25 Roy Acuff Jr, American country musician
  • Jul 25 Tom Dawes, American rock musician and composer who wrote music for commercial jingles ("Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz” for Alka-Seltzer and “7Up, the Uncola”), born in Albany, New York (d. 2007)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 26 Mick Jagger, English rock vocalist (Rolling Stones), born in Dartford, Kent

Rock Star Mick Jagger
Rock Star
Mick Jagger
  • Jul 26 Peter Hyams, director (2010, Capricorn 1, Relic, Timecop)
  • Jul 26 Roger Smalley, British-Australian composer, born in Swinton, Lancashire (d. 2015)
  • Jul 27 Al Ramsey, NJ, rocker (Gary Lewis & the Playboys-This Diamond Ring)
  • Jul 27 Stu Gilliam, actor/comedian (Roll Out, Harris & Company), born in Detroit, Michigan

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 28 Bill Bradley, American basketball player (NY Knicks) and Democratic US Senator (1979-97), born in Crystal City, Missouri

Basketball Player/US Senator Bill Bradley
Basketball Player/US Senator
Bill Bradley
  • Jul 28 Lawrence Elkins, football player FL (Houston Oilers)
  • Jul 28 Mike Bloomfield, American blues guitarist/singer (Analine), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1981)
  • Jul 28 Richard Wright, English singer-songwriter (Pink Floyd-Time, Echoes), born in Hatch End, Middlesex (d. 2008)
  • Jul 29 Charles Hallahan, actor (Hunter)
  • Jul 29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • Jul 29 Roz Kelly, actress (Owl & Pussycat, Happy Days), born in Mt Vernon, New York
  • Jul 29 David Taylor, English snooker player
  • Jul 30 Henri-François Gautrin, Quebec politician
  • Jul 31 Carla LPGA golfer, born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Jul 31 Lobo [Kent Lavoie], American singer-songwriter, born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Jul 31 Stephanie Forrester, frictional character (The Bold & the Beautiful)
  • Jul 31 Susan Flannery, American actress (Leslie Stewart-Dallas), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 31 William Bennett, US Secretary of Education (1985-88)/drug tsar
  • Jul 31 Sab Shimono, Japanese-American actor (Jackie Chan Adventures), born in Sacramento, California

Famous Weddings

  • Jul 5 Actress Betty Grable (26) weds big band leader Harry James (27)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 17 One of the world's greatest contraltos Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut


Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 7 Heavyweight boxing champ Jack Dempsey (48) divorces broadway singer Hannah Williams (32) after 10 years of marriage

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Auguste Reitsma, Dutch resistance fighter (census director), executed
  • Jul 1 C Bakker, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 C L Barentsen, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Coos Hartogh, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Cor Roos, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Henri Halberstadt, Dutch resistance fighter (census dir), executed
  • Jul 1 Johan Brouwer, hispanist/writer/Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • Jul 1 Koen Limperg, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Sam Bloemgarten, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Willem Arondeus, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 1 Willem Brouwer, Dutch resistance fighter (census bureau), executed
  • Jul 2 Caroline Yale, American educator who revolutionized the teaching of hearing-impaired students, dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Wladyslaw Sikorski, gen/PM of Poland in exile (1939-43), dies at 62
  • Jul 8 Harry Oakes, Canadian ruler of Bahamas, murdered
  • Jul 8 Jean "Max" Moulin, French resistance fighter, executed
  • Jul 10 Arthur Finlay Nevin, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Kurt Huber, German philosopher/resistance fighter, dies at 50
  • Jul 14 Johannes F "Frits" Bakker Sr, actor, dies at 74
  • Jul 17 Sir Patrick Duncan, Governor-general of the Union of South Africa (1937 to 1943), dies at 72
  • Jul 21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 42
  • Jul 23 Emanuel Querido, Dutch publisher, murdered in the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor at 71
  • Jul 27 Godfrey Cripps, cricketer (1st Currie Cup-winning captain), dies
  • Jul 27 H B G Austin, cricketer (capt of 1923 WI team to England), dies
  • Jul 30 Benjamin James Dale, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30 Owen Nares [Ramsay], British actor and manager (Maiden Erleigh), dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Jul 31 Hedley Verity, cricketer (144 wickets in 40 Tests), dies in POW camp