On This Day

What Happened on June 16, 1944

Historical Events


ExecutionGeorge Stinney is Executed

George Stinney, a 14-year-old African-American boy, is wrongfully executed for the murder of two white girls, becoming the youngest person ever executed in 20th-century America

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The mug shot of 14-year-old African American boy George Stinney who was the youngest American to be executed
The mug shot of 14-year-old African American boy George Stinney who was the youngest American to be executed
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  • Iceland adopts constitution

Event of interestEvent of Interest

King George VI visits General Montgomery's HQ in Normandy

King of the United Kingdom George VI
King of the United Kingdom
George VI
  • US bombs Kyushu Japan

Famous Birthdays

  • Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2020)
  • Joan Barbara Grigor, artist
  • Takamiyama [Jesse Kuhaulua], Hawaii, 1st non-Japanese sumo champion

Famous Deaths

  • Acharya Prafulla Chandra Ray, Bengali chemist (founder of Bengal Chemicals And Pharmaceuticals), dies at 82
  • George Stinney, African-American boy wrongfully convicted of murder, is executed by electric chair at 14
  • Marc Bloch, French historian (executed) (b. 1886)
1944 Highlights

About June 16, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 4 months and 5 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Gemini