What Happened on December 16, 1944

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
1944 History

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"
Born in 1944

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, Dutch woman portrayed in "The Hiding Place" dies at Ravensbrück concentration camp at 59
  • Philip Guedalla, English barrister & historian, dies at 55

About December 16, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

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