On This Day

What Happened on August 19, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday

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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

US general Omar Bradley visits British general Bernard Montgomery

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
US WWII General Omar Bradley
US WWII General
Omar Bradley

Famous Birthdays

  • Bodil Malmsten, Swedish writer (The Price of Water in Finistère), born in Bjärme, Sweden (d. 2016)
  • 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