On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1944

Historical Events

  • Allied air raid on Maastricht, 80+ killed
  • 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 (The Price of Water in Finistère), born in Bjärme, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • Buzz Kilman, American Chicago radio personality, born in Detroit. Michigan
  • Charles Wang, Chinese-American CEO (Computer Associates) and philanthropist, born in Shanghai, China
  • Eddy Raven [Futch], American country singer ("Right Hand Man"), born in Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Samuel J. de Beer, South Africa vicar and politician, born in Johannesburg, South Africa

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
1944 Highlights

About August 19, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 3 months and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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