On This Day

What Happened on May 17, 1944

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
Into the Jaws of Death by Robert F. Sargent
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  • 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)

Famous Deaths

  • Félix Éboué, French colonial administrator, dies at 60
1944 Highlights

About May 17, 1944

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 5 months and 2 days
Leap Year: Yes

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