On This Day

What Happened on October 17, 1943

Historical Events


TrainDeath Railway Completed

Burma railway completed, built by Allied POWs and Asian laborers for use of the Japanese army

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'Bridge over the River Kwai' drawn by Leo Rawlings in 1943 depicting construction by POWs of the Burma Railway
'Bridge over the River Kwai' drawn by Leo Rawlings in 1943 depicting construction by POWs of the Burma Railway
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  • Liberators sink U-540 & U-631

Famous Birthdays

  • Susan Davenny Wyner, American soprano (Walter Naumberg Prize), born in New Haven, Connecticut

Famous Deaths

  • Stefan StarzyƄski, Polish politician (b. 1893)
1943 Highlights

About October 17, 1943

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: No

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