On This Day

What Happened on June 1, 1943

Historical Events

  • Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, all die
  • Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Rip Sewell patents his "eephus" or "blooper ball" pitch; uses pitch on way to a 20-win campaign

Famous Birthdays

  • Ely van Tongeren, Dutch guitarist/singer (Buffoons)
  • Richard Goode, American concert pianist (1980 Avery Fisher Award), born in The Bronx, New York

Famous Deaths

  • Leslie Howard [Stainer], British actor (Gone With The Wind; Of Human Bondage), dies after Nazis shoot down his plane at 50
  • Wilfrid B. Israel, Jewish activist
1943 Highlights

About June 1, 1943

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 6 months and 1 day
Leap Year: No

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Gemini