On This Day

What Happened on July 20, 1944

Historical Events

Assassination Attempt

Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg

  • British and Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
  • Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • Canadian Cameron Highlanders conquer St Andre
  • Death March of 1,200 Jews from Lipcani Moldavia begins
  • Fieldmarshal von Kluge consults with German commandant at Caen
  • Fifty are hurt in rioting in front of the presidential palace in Mexico City
  • Flying Fortresses of US 8th Air Force attack Leipzig/Dessau

Historic Event

General Eisenhower visits Montgomery's headquarter in Normandy

  • Heavy storm hampers British offensive at Caen
  • Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
  • Liberators of US 8th Air Force attack Gotha Russelsheim/Eisenach
  • US 15th Air Force attacks Friedrichshaven Memmingen
  • US 9th Air Force bombs railroad at Chaulnes Sable-sur-Sarthe/Dreux
  • US invades Japanese-occupied Guam

Presidential Convention

US President FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Democratic convention

  • Violent battles in Verrieres-hill (Normandy)

Famous Birthdays

  • Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Wim Van Drimmelen, Dutch sect Science Council of Government policy

Famous Deaths

  • Arthur J Treadwell, English mayor of Stoke Newington, dies at about 71
  • Brandt, col/German staff chief, dies in bombing
  • Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, count/German antifascist colonel, dies
  • Friedrich Olbricht, German general (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Heinz Burns, German (Olympic gold 1936), dies in bombing
  • Korten, chef gen of Germany Luftwaffe, dies in bomb explosion
  • Ludwig Beck, German general (July 20th plot), dies at 64
  • Mertz, German colonel (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • Rudolf Schmundt, German general /Hitler's Army adjunct, dies from wounds in attempt to assassinate Hitler at 48
  • Werner von Haeffen, German lieutenant (July 20th plotter), executed
1944 Highlights

About July 20, 1944

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 4 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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