What Happened on May 16, 1943

Day of the Week: Sunday

Historical Events

  • Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs
  • SS General Jürgen Stroop orders the burning of the Warsaw Ghetto, ending a month of Jewish resistance. 13,000 Jews have died, about half burnt alive or suffocated, German casualties less than 300

Famous Birthdays

  • Dan Coats, (Rep-R-IN, 1981- )
  • Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)