On This Day

What Happened on February 17, 1944

Historical Events

Battle of Eniwetok

Battle of Eniwetok begins with US forces landing on Canna and Camelia islets in the Pacific

  • Operation Hailstone: US begins night bombing of Truk island in the Pacific

Famous Birthdays

  • Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour), born in Georgetown, British Guiana (d. 2000)
  • Karl Jenkins, Welsh composer (Adiemus), born in Penclawdd, Wales

Famous Deaths

  • Fausto Agnelli, Swiss painter, dies at 64
1944 Highlights

About February 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 9 months and 12 days
Leap Year: Yes

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