On This Day

What Happened on August 9, 1944

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 12 workers of Dutch illegal paper "Trouw" executed at Camp Vught
  • Smokey Bear debuts as spokeman 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, actor (Big Chill, Fatal Beauty), born in Sacramento, California
  • Smokey the Bear, named after NYC fireman Smokey Joe Martin
  • Terry Jenner, cricketer (Australian leg-spinner 1971-75)
  • Viv Prince, rocker (Pretty Things)