What Happened on May 16, 1943

Historical Events

Event of Interest

Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs

Event of Interest

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, American politician (Rep-R-IN, 1981-89, Sen-R-IN 1989-99, 2011-17, Director of National Intelligence 2017-19), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • Jon Jost, director (All the Vermeers in NY)
Born in 1943

Famous Deaths

  • Alfred Hoche, German psychiatrist (b. 1865)

About May 16, 1943

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 10 months and 11 days
Leap Year: No

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