What Happened on June 16, 1944

Historical Events

George 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

  • Iceland adopts constitution

Event of Interest

King George VI visits General Montgomery's HQ in Normandy

  • US bombs Kyushu, Japan
1944 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Barbara Grigor, Scottish filmmaker and art entrepreneur (d. 1994)
  • 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)
  • Kip Addotta, American stand-up comic, born in Rockford, Illinois (d. 2019)
  • Takamiyama DaigorĊ [Jesse Kuhaulua], American wrestler (1972 1st non-Japanese sumo champion), born in Maui, Hawaii
Born in 1944

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 and member of the French resistance, executed by firing squad by the Gestapo at 57

About June 16, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 11 months and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

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