On This Day

What Happened on August 15, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday

Historical Events

  • Allied air raid on train in North Netherlands, 32 killed
  • German field marshal G√ľnther von Kluge vanishes for one day; he killed himself on the 19th in the aftermath of the attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler
  • Operation Anvil: Allies land on French Mediterranean sea coast
  • Operation Dragoon: Allied troops land in Provence
  • US 12 Army corps enters Le Mans through Orleans
  • US 7th Armour division reaches Chartres

Famous Birthdays

  • Frederick Knight, American singer and songwriter (I've been lonely so long), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Linda Ellerbee, American journalist (Weekend, NBC Overnight), born in Bryan, Texas
  • Pamela Polland, American singer-songwriter (Hawaiianized Pop Classics), born in California
  • Sylvie Vartan, French pop singer (Twiste et Chante), born in Iskretz, Bulgaria
  • Thomas J. Murphy Jr., American politician (57th Mayor of Pittsburgh), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania