On This Day

What Happened on May 20, 1944

Historical Events

  • US Communist Party dissolves

Famous Birthdays

Joe Cocker

(John) "Joe" Cocker, English rock vocalist ("With A Little Help From My Friends"; "Cry Me A River"; "You Are So Beautiful"), born in Sheffield, England, (d. 2014)

  • Boudewijn de Groot, Dutch folk singer ("Sleep Well, Mr. President"), born in a Japanese concentration camp, near Batavia, occupied Dutch East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Cipa Dichter, pianist/wife of Misha Dichter, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • David M Walker, Capt USN/astron (STS 51-A 30, 53, 69), born in Columbus, Georgia

Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz, Austrian businessman and co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, born in Sankt Marein im M├╝rztal, Styria, Austria

  • Joseph Benz, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold 2-man 1980; World C'ship gold 4-man 1975; 2-man 1978, 79), born in Zurich, Switzerland (d. 2021)
  • Keith Fletcher, cricket captain (Essex & England)
1944 Highlights

About May 20, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 6 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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