What Happened on August 19, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Allied air raid on Maastricht, 80+ killed
  • Gen Bradley visits Montgomery
  • Last Japanese troops driven out of India
  • Nazis give parts of Paris to Resistance
  • Paris police strike against nazi occupiers
  • Polish 1st Division occupies Hill 262 (Mont Ormel), Normandy
  • US 15th Army Corps occupies Mantes-Gassicourt at Paris
  • US 90th/Polish 1st Division occupy Chambois, Normandy

Famous Birthdays

  • Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer
  • Buzz Kilman, Chicago radio personality
  • Charles Wang, Chinese-born philanthropist
  • Eddy Raven, Lafayette La, country singer (Right Hand Man)
  • Samuel J de Beer, South Africa vicar/underminister of Education

Famous Deaths

  • Gunther von Kluge, German field marshal, commits suicide, dies at 62
  • Henry Wood, British conductor associated with London's promenade "Proms" concerts (Gentle Art of Singing, My Life of Music), dies following an illness at 75