What Happened on June 1, 1943

Historical Events

  • Germany shoots down a civilian flight from Lisbon to London, 13 passengers, included actor Leslie Howard, and 4 crew 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 rock guitarist and singer (Buffoons)
  • Richard Goode, American concert pianist (Avery Fisher Award, 1980), born in The Bronx, New York
Born in 1943

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

About June 1, 1943

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 11 months and 28 days
Leap Year: No

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