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1943 Historical Event(s)
- January 23, 1943 – World War II: Australian and American forces finally defeat the Japanese army in Papua. This turning point in the Pacific War marks the beginning of the end of Japanese aggression.
- February 5, 1943 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Water Sheep in Chinese astrology.
- February 14, 1943 – World War II: Rostov-on-Don, Russia is liberated.
- March 4, 1943 – World War II: The Battle of the Bismarck Sea in the South West Pacific comes to an end.
- July 4, 1943 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Kursk, the largest full-scale battle in history and the world’s largest tank battle at Prokhorovka village.
- September 9, 1943 – World War II: The Allies land at Salerno and Taranto, Italy.
- September 12, 1943 – World War II: Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy, is rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso in Abruzzi, by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny.
- September 16, 1943 – World War II: The Allied invasion of Italy concludes when Heinrich von Vietinghoff, commander of the German Tenth Army, orders his troops to withdraw from Salerno.
- November 26, 1943 – World War II: HMT Rohna sunk by the Luftwaffe in an air attack in the Mediterranean north of Béjaïa, Algeria.
- December 2, 1943 – A Luftwaffe bombing raid on the harbour of Bari, Italy, sinks numerous cargo and transport ships, including an American Liberty ship, the John Harvey, with a stockpile of World War I-era mustard gas.
Who Were Born On 1943?
- January 1, 1943 – Ronald Perelman, American businessman
- March 9, 1943 – Trish Van Devere, American actress
- June 9, 1943 – Charles Saatchi, British-Iraqi businessman
- June 17, 1943 – Barry Manilow, American musician
- June 21, 1943 – Salomé, Spanish singer
- July 5, 1943 – Curt Blefary, American baseball player (d. 2001)
- July 11, 1943 – Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (d. 1983)
- November 5, 1943 – Friedman Paul Erhardt (Chef Tell), German-born American TV chef (d. 2007)
- November 30, 1943 – Terrence Malick, American director and screenwriter
- December 28, 1943 – David Peterson, Canadian politician