On This Day

What Happened on November 17, 1945

Historical Events

  • "Girl from Nantucket" closes at Adelphi Theater NYC after 12 performances
  • New world air speed record 606 mph (975 kph) set by HJ Wilson of RAF

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestElvin Hayes

Elvin Hayes, American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA All-Star 1969–1980; NBA scoring champion 1969), born in Rayville, Louisiana

NBA Forward Elvin Hayes
NBA Forward
Elvin Hayes
  • Jeremy Hanley, British Lower house member
  • Roland Joffe, director (City of Joy, Mission, Killing Fields)

Famous Deaths

  • Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, dies at 63
1945 Highlights

About November 17, 1945

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 74 years, 8 months and 26 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Scorpio