On This Day

What Happened on March 17, 1944

Historical Events

  • Mount Vesuvius in Italy erupts after months of volcanic unrest, destroying several towns near the volcano

Famous Birthdays

  • Cito Gaston, MLB manager (Toronto Blue Jays)
  • John Sebastian, American singer (Loving Spoonful - "Summer In The City"; solo - "Welcome Back"), born in NYC, New York
  • Pat McCauley, Northern Irish rock keyboardist and drummer (Them - "Here Comes The Night") (d. 1984)
  • Pattie Boyd, English model, photographer and author who married both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, born in Taunton, England

Famous Weddings

Charlton Heston

American actor Charlton Heston (20) weds American actress and photographer Lydia Clarke (20)

1944 Highlights

About March 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 8 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

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