What Happened on December 16, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • German V-2 strikes Antwerp bioscope (638 kill)
  • Nazi Germany launches a counteroffensive against the Allies in the Ardennes region of Belgium, beginning the 'Battle of the Bulge'
  • US 2nd Infantry division occupies "Heartbreak Crossroads" Wahlerscheid

Famous Birthdays

  • John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, born in Portchester, New York (d. 2017)
  • Yosemite Sam, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Friz Freleng, (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in "Stage Door Cartoon"

Famous Weddings

  • General Dwight D. Eisenhower's clerk Rickey marries corporal Pearlie

Famous Deaths

  • Don Meyer Basketball coach Northern State, Lipscomb, and Hamline
  • Elisabeth ten Boom dies at 59