On This Day

What Happened on July 17, 1944

Historical Events

  • 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322
  • Soviet troops cross Bug River and march into Poland

Famous Birthdays

  • Carlos Alberto Torres, Brazilian footballer, Captain of winning World Cup team (1970), born in Rio de Janeiro (d. 2016)
  • Catherine Schell [Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott], Hungarian-born British actress (two Pink Panther films), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • Mark Burgess, New Zealand cricket batsman (50 Tests, 5 x 100s; Auckland CA), born in Auckland, New Zealand

Famous Deaths

  • Hugh Rigby, English portrait painter (King George V 1928-32), dies
  • William James Sidis, American mathematician and child prodigy, dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 46
1944 Highlights

About July 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 6 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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