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
  • WWII: Port Chicago Mutiny - mass work stoppage by munition loaders at Port Chicago Naval facility concerned with conditions after recent explosion in Port Chicago, California; 50 men were tried for mutiny, found guilty and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor
1944 History

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)
Born in 1944

Famous Deaths

  • Felix Nussbaum, German painter (Widerstandskunst), murdered at Auschwitz Concentration Camp at 39

About August 9, 1944

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 79 years, 1 month and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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