On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1944

Historical Events

  • 12 workers of Dutch illegal paper "Trouw" executed at Camp Vught
  • Smokey Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention
  • US 79th/90th division enter Le Mans

Famous Birthdays

  • George Armstrong, English soccer winger and manager (Arsenal 500 games; Kuwait 1988-89), born in Hebburn, County Durham (d. 2000)
  • Gerrit Jan Wolffensperger, Dutch politician (D66)
  • Sam Elliott, American actor (A Star Is Born, Conagher), born in Sacramento, California
  • Smokey Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin, "born" at U.S. Forest Service
  • Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • Viv Prince, British drummer (Pretty Things - "Honey I Need"), born in Loughborough, England
1944 Highlights

About August 9, 1944

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 3 months and 20 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Leo