On This Day

What Happened on August 20, 1944

Historical Events

  • "Anna Lucasta" opens on Broadway
  • Gen de Gaulle returns to France

Sport awardPGA Championship

PGA Championship Men's Golf, Manito G & CC: Bob Hamilton wins his only major title, 1 up in the 36-hole final over heavily favoured Byron Nelson

Golfer Byron Nelson
Byron Nelson
  • Soviet offensive at Jassy & Kisjinev
  • US & British forces destroy German 7th Army at Falaise-Argentan Gap

Famous Birthdays

  • Graig Nettles, American MLB 3rd baseman (NY Yankees, San Diego Padres, Cleveland Indians), born in San Diego, California
  • John Povey, English musician (The Pretty Things; Electric Banana), born in London

Person of interestRajiv Gandhi

Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India (1984-89), born in Bombay, British India (d.1991)

Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi
Indian Prime Minister
Rajiv Gandhi

1944 Highlights

About August 20, 1944

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 5 months and 6 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo