On This Day

What Happened on March 24, 1944

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events

  • 76 Allied officers escape Stalag Luft 3 (Great Escape)
  • 811 British bombers attack Berlin
  • In occupied Rome, Nazis execute more than 300 civilians
  • Royal Air Force gunner Nicholas Alkemade falls 5,500m (18,000 ft) out of a Lancaster bomber without a parachute over Nazi Germany and lives

Famous Birthdays

  • Denny McLain, American MLB pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1968-69), born in Markham, Illinois
  • R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), born in Emporia, Kansas (d. 2018)
  • Vojislav KoŇ°tunica, Serbian Prime Minister