On This Day

What Happened on March 24, 1944

Historical Events

  • 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
  • 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • In occupied Rome, Nazis execute 335 civilians in retaliation for the previous day's Via Rassela bombing that killed 33 Germans
  • RAF rear gunner Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall broken by pine trees and soft snow, suffers only a sprained leg

Famous Birthdays

  • R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • Vojislav KoŇ°tunica, Serbian Prime Minister
1944 Highlights

About March 24, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 77 years and 7 months
Leap Year: Yes

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