On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • -18] Allied air raid on Surabaja, Java
  • Chinese and US armed forces take Myitkyina Airport, Burma

Battle of InterestD-Day

General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
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"Into the Jaws of Death" by Robert F. Sargent
  • Operation Straightline: Allies land in Dutch New Guinea

Famous Birthdays

  • Arif Butt, Pakistani cricketer (pace bowler for Pakistan in three Tests 1964-65), born in Lahore, Punjab, British India (d. 2007)
  • Canon P B Price, general secretary, USPG
  • Jesse Winchester, singer/songwriter (Learn to Love it), born in Shreveport, Louisiana (d. 2014)
  • Paul Crossley, concert pianist