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 for US Forest Service (named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin)
  • 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
  • Terry Jenner, Australian cricket spin bowler (9 Tests, 24 wickets; WA CA, SA CA), born in Mount Lawley, Australia (d. 2011)
  • 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? 77 years, 3 months and 28 days
Leap Year: Yes

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