On This Day

What Happened on August 17, 1944

Historical Events

  • 4th Canadian Armoured division occupiers Trun, Normandy
  • Canadian 2nd division conquers Falaise, Normandy
  • German field marshal Walter Model replaces Günther von Kluge in Normandy
  • Soviet troops arrive at Austria-Prussia border
  • US 12 Army Corps occupies Orleans
  • US 320th regiment infantry occupies Châteaudun
  • Yanks Johnny Lindell ties record with 4 consecutive doubles in a game

Famous Birthdays

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison, American businessman (billionaire founder of Oracle Corporation), born in Manhattan, New York

Famous Deaths

  • John Trumble, Australian cricket all-rounder (7 Tests, 10 wickets; brother of Hugh), dies at 80
1944 Highlights

About August 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 3 months and 16 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo