What Happened on May 21, 1944

Historical Events

  • WWII: West Loch Disaster - explosion during munition loading kills at least 160 sailors, injures nearly 400, destroys six ships and damages 3 piers and several buildings at Pearl Harbor U.S. Naval Base in Oahu, Hawaii; details were kept classified until the early 1960s

Famous Birthdays

  • Janet Dailey, American Romance author, born in Storm Lake, Iowa (d. 2013)
  • Manual Pina, Spanish fashion designer (d. 1994)
  • Marcie Blane [Blank], American pop singer (Bobby's Girl), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • Mary Robinson, Irish politician, President of the Republic of Ireland (1990-97), born in Ballina, Ireland
Born in 1944

Famous Weddings

Burgess Meredith

American actor Burgess Meredith (36) weds American actress Paulette Goddard (33) at film studio executive David O. Selznick's Beverly Hills home - third time for each; divorce in 1949

1944 Highlights

About May 21, 1944

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 79 years and 8 days
Leap Year: Yes

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