What Happened on September 18, 1944

Historical Events

  • WWII: British submarine Tradewind torpedoes Junyo Maru: 5,600 killed, including 1,377 allied POWs and 4,200 Javanese slave laborers
  • WWII: Eindhoven, Netherlands freed by American and British troops (Lightly Day)
  • WWII: US 266th division defeats German troops at Brest Bretagne in Brittany, France after a 7 week siege; 37,000 prisoners taken, ports rendered useless

Famous Birthdays

  • Charles Lacy Veach, American astronaut (STS 39, STS 52), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1995)
  • Michael Franks, American jazz singer and songwriter, born in La Jolla, California
  • RocĂ­o Jurado, Spanish singer and actress, born in Chipiona, Spain (d. 2006)

Famous Deaths

  • Anthony Stefanich, British boxer and Army captain, killed in battle at Arnhem, Netherlands at 27
  • Hendrikus Colijn, Dutch army officer and Anti-Revolution Party (ARP) politician (Prime Minister, 1925-26 & 1933-39), dies at 75
  • Robert Cole, US army Lt, Colonel shot by a sniper in battle at Best, Netherlands at 29
1944 Highlights

About September 18, 1944

Day of the Week: Monday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 4 months and 18 days
Leap Year: Yes

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