What Happened in July 1944

Historical Events

Events 1 - 100 of 106

  • Jul 1 2,500+ killed in London/SE England by German flying bombs
  • Jul 1 Bretton Woods Conference starts, establishing IMF & World Bank
  • Jul 1 Graf (Count) Claus von Stauffenberg promoted to colonel

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Jul 1 General Eisenhower visits front in Normandy

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Jul 1 US headquarter moves to Colombières Normandy
  • Jul 1 Von Rundstedt against Keitel: "Sign peace, idiots!"
  • Jul 2 Field Marshal von Kluge replaces General von Rundstedt
  • Jul 3 Oriole Park (minor league baseball stadium) burns down in Baltimore
  • Jul 3 US V-III-E Army corp opens assault on Coutances Cotentin
  • Jul 4 1,100 US guns fire 4th of July salute at German lines in Normandy

Victory in battleRaising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Jul 4 1st Japanese kamikaze attack, US fleet near Iwo Jima

  • Jul 4 Allied assault on Carpiquet airport at Caen
  • Jul 4 Gestapo arrests German Social Democrat Julius Leber
  • Jul 5 Harry Crosby takes 1st rocket airplane, MX-324, for maiden flight
  • Jul 6 170 die in a fire at Ringling Bros Circus in Hartford Conn

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Jul 6 French General Charles de Gaulle arrives in Washington, D.C.

French President Charles de Gaulle
French President
Charles de Gaulle

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Jul 6 US General Patton lands in France

US WWII General George S. Patton
US WWII General
George S. Patton
  • Jul 6 World's largest circus tent catches fire at Ringling Brother's - Barnum & Bailey 2nd performance, 168 die (Hartford Conn)
  • Jul 7 RAF Bomber Command drop 2,572 tons of bombs on Caen, France
  • Jul 7 Heavy Japanese counter offensive on Saipan
  • Jul 8 British troops march into Caen, Normandy
  • Jul 8 Japanese kamikaze attacks on US lines at Saipan
  • Jul 9 In World War II, US troops secure Saipan as Japan fell
  • Jul 9 U-740 sunk by depth charges from a British Liberator aircraft
  • Jul 10 German submarine U-821 sunk by RAF

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Jul 10 "Father of Medicare" Tommy Douglas becomes the 7th Premier of Saskatchewan

Father of Medicare Tommy Douglas
Father of Medicare
Tommy Douglas
  • Jul 11 12th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 7-1 at Forbes Field, Pittsburgh

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Jul 11 Franklin Roosevelt announces that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 12 Theresienstadt Family camp disbands, with 4,000 people gased
  • Jul 12 US government recognizes authority of General De Gaulle
  • Jul 13 Vilnius, Lithuania, liberated
  • Jul 14 Attempt to liberate prisoners in Amsterdam fails, John Post arrested
  • Jul 14 US assault on Coutances Cotentin
  • Jul 15 Greenwich Observatory damaged by WW II flying bomb
  • Jul 16 Dodgers score 8 unearned runs against Braves to win 8-5 & break their 16-game losing streak, they will lose another 5 in a row
  • Jul 17 2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322
  • Jul 17 Russian troops cross river Bug/march into Poland
  • Jul 18 7:45 Operation Goodwood: British assault east of Caen
  • Jul 18 Allies air raid railways at Vaires, Paris
  • Jul 18 Arne Andersson runs world record 1 mile (4:01.6)
  • Jul 18 RAF Mosquitos attack Cologne & Berlin
  • Jul 18 British air raid on German convoy SW of Heligoland
  • Jul 18 British troops occupy Bourquebus hill range, Normandy
  • Jul 18 Polish troops under Gen Anders occupy Ancona Italy
  • Jul 18 US troop march into St Lo
  • Jul 19 1,200+ 8th US Air Force bombers bomb targets in SW Germany
  • Jul 19 500 15th US Air Force Liberators/Flying Fortresses bomb Munich vicinity
  • Jul 19 Allied troops occupy Faubourg de Vaucelles, at Caen
  • Jul 19 Danish resistance fails in assault on Taarbaek Fort near Copenhagen
  • Jul 19 Democratic convention opens in Chicago, goes on to nominate President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 19 Earl Claus von Stauffenberg visits RC church in Berlin-Dahlem
  • Jul 19 General Bradley flies to England
  • Jul 19 Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho/Shokaku sinks in Marianas
  • Jul 19 NY archbishop Spellman flies to Europe
  • Jul 19 Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg 1st meets Eichmann
  • Jul 20 British and Canadian troops occupy Hill 67/Ifs/Bras/Frenouville, Normandy
  • Jul 20 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs
  • Jul 20 Canadian Cameron Highlanders conquer St Andre
  • Jul 20 Death March of 1,200 Jews from Lipcani Moldavia begins
  • Jul 20 Fieldmarshal von Kluge consults with German commandant at Caen
  • Jul 20 Flying Fortresses of US 8th Air Force attack Leipzig/Dessau
  • Jul 20 General Eisenhower visits Montgomery's headquarter in Normandy
  • Jul 20 Heavy storm hampers British offensive at Caen
  • Jul 20 Japanese aircraft carrier Hijo sunk by US air attack
  • Jul 20 Liberators of US 8th Air Force attack Gotha Russelsheim/Eisenach
  • Jul 20 US President FDR nominated for an unprecedented 4th term at Democratic convention
  • Jul 20 US 15th Air Force attacks Friedrichshaven Memmingen
  • Jul 20 US 9th Air Force bombs railroad at Chaulnes Sable-sur-Sarthe/Dreux
  • Jul 20 US invades Japanese-occupied Guam
  • Jul 20 Violent battles in Verrieres-hill (Normandy)
  • Jul 20 Fifty are hurt in rioting in front of the presidential palace in Mexico City.

MurderAssassination Attempt

Jul 20 Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt led by German army officer Claus Von Stauffenberg

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

Jul 21 British premier Winston Churchill flies to France, meets Montgomery

Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Soldier, Author and British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill
  • Jul 21 General Koiso becomes premier of Japan
  • Jul 21 US forces land on Guam during its recapture from the Japanese (Operation Forager)
  • Jul 21 Field Marshal Günther von Kluge warns Hitler of impending collapse of front in Normandy
  • Jul 22 Soviets set up Polish Committee of National Liberation
  • Jul 23 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • Jul 23 Conference of Bretton Woods signed; IMF operations begin
  • Jul 23 Soviet Army marches into Lublin Poland
  • Jul 23 US forces invade Japanese-held Tinian in WW II
  • Jul 23 US troops occupy Pisa Italy
  • Jul 24 300 allied bombers drop fire bombs on Allied/German positions
  • Jul 24 Soviet forces liberate concentration camp Majdanek
  • Jul 24 US troops land on Tinian
  • Jul 25 -26] Japanese banzai-attack on Guam
  • Jul 25 1st jet fighter used in combat (Messerschmitt 262)
  • Jul 25 Operation Cobra: US forces begin major offensive in Normandy with air bombardment
  • Jul 25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed
  • Jul 26 Japanese suicide attack on US lines in Guam
  • Jul 26 Russian troops arrive in Weichsel
  • Jul 26 US offensive at St-Lo/2nd Armour div occupies St Gilles
  • Jul 26 The first German V-2 rocket hits Great Britain (nicknamed "gasometer").
  • Jul 27 1st British jet fighter used in combat (Gloster Meteor)
  • Jul 27 Soviet Army frees Majdanek concentration camp
  • Jul 27 US troops occupy le Mesnil-Herman/Hill 183 Normandy
  • Jul 28 Hitler routes 4 division of South France to Normandy
  • Jul 28 US 8th Army corp occupies Coutances France
  • Jul 29 Allied air force bomb Germany for 6 hours
  • Jul 29 Frank McCormick (Reds) HR off Ace Adams (Giants) in both games of DH

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 3 Paul Young, actor (Another Time Another Place)
  • Jul 4 Ray Meagher, Australian actor
  • Jul 6 Byron Berline, American fiddle player, born in Caldwell, Kansas
  • Jul 6 Gunhild Hoffmeister, German FR, 800m/1500m runner (Oly-silver-72)
  • Jul 7 Tony Jacklin, Scunthorpe England, PGA golfer (1970 US Open)
  • Jul 7 Warren Entner, rock vocalist/guitarist (Grass Roots), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Jul 8 Jaimoe "Johnny" Johanson, US rock drummer (Allman Brothers)
  • Jul 8 Jeffrey Tambor, actor (Jeffrey-Ropers, Larry Sanders), born in San Francisco, California
  • Jul 9 Glen [Charles] Cook, US, sci-fi author (Shadowline, Star's End)
  • Jul 10 Beaky, rocker (Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich)
  • Jul 11 Bill Boggs, TV host/producer (Midday, Morton Downey Jr Show), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 11 Peter de Savary, English financier/multi-millionaire
  • Jul 11 Myra Gale Brown, former wife of Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Jul 12 Bill McCollum, (Rep-R-Florida, 1981- )
  • Jul 12 Denise Nicholas, actress (Room 222, Baby I'm Back), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 13 Eric Freeman, Australian cricket pace bowler (late 60's)
  • Jul 13 Ernő Rubik, Budapest, Hungarian inventor (Rubik's cube)
  • Jul 14 Billy McCool, American baseball player
  • Jul 15 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), born in Denver, Colorado
  • Jul 15 Millie Jackson, Thompson Ga, model/singer (Get it out 'cha system)
  • Jul 17 Mark Burgess, cricketer (NZ batsman of the 70's)
  • Jul 18 David Hemery, English 400m-hurdler (Oly-gold-1968)
  • Jul 18 Jonelle Allen, actress (Bessie-Palmerstown USA, Berringers), born in NYC, New York
  • Jul 19 Commander Cody, singer/pianist (Commander Cody & Lost Planet Airmen)
  • Jul 20 Wim Van Drimmelen, Dutch sect Science Council of Government policy
  • Jul 20 Mel Daniels, professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • Jul 21 Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian/English writer (Price of Bride)
  • Jul 21 Paul Wellstone, (Sen-D-Minnesota)
  • Jul 21 Tony Scott, director (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 21 John Atta Mills, Tarkwa, Gold Coast (Ghana), President of Ghana (2009-2012), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 22 Estelle Bennett, vocalist (Ronettes - Be My Baby), born in NYC, New York (d. 2009)
  • Jul 22 Guich Koock, actor (Harley Puckett-Carter Country), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jul 22 Rick Davies, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp), born in London, England
  • Jul 22 Sparky Lyle, relief pitcher (NY Yankees, Cy Young)
  • Jul 22 Dennis Firestone, Australian racing driver
  • Jul 23 Dino Danelli, rock drummer (Fotomaker, Young Rascals), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Jul 23 Judith A Bosch, Dutch radio/TV-hostess (Tweekamp, Zeskamp)
  • Jul 24 Barbara Thompson, jazz musician/composer/bandleader
  • Jul 24 Jim Armstrong, rock guitarist (Them)
  • Jul 25 Helga I "Mijanou" van Baarzel, Dutch actress (Klaverweide-Alicia)
  • Jul 25 Molly Bennett Aiken, founder (riding for the handicapped)
  • Jul 26 Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Jul 26 Micki J King, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • Jul 26 Rimantas Antanas-Antonovich Stankiavichus, Russian cosmonaut
  • Jul 27 Aleksandr Ivanovich Dedkov, cosmonaut
  • Jul 27 Bobbie Gentry, Mississippi, singer/songwriter (Ode to Billy Joe)
  • Jul 27 Jean-Marie Leblanc, French cyclist
  • Jul 28 Daniel Morelon, France, 1K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • Jul 29 Terry Jarvis, NZ cricket opener (387 partnership w/Turner v WI 1972)
  • Jul 30 Frances de la Tour, actress (Bejeweled, Wombling Free)
  • Jul 30 Teresa Cahill, opera singer
  • Jul 31 Geraldine Chaplin, actress (Doctor Zhivago, 3 Musketeers), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Jul 31 Sherry Lansing, actress (China Syndrome, Black Rain), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • Jul 31 Robert C. Merton, American mathematician

Famous Deaths

  • Jul 1 Carl Mayer, actor (Dreaming Lips, Ariane, Sunrise), dies at 49
  • Jul 5 William Gillies Whittaker, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 7 Erich Salomon, German photographer, dies
  • Jul 7 Georges Mandel, [Louis Rothschild], French politician and resistance leader (-1940), is executed by the Milice at 59
  • Jul 11 Wolfgang Redlich, German major/pilot, dies in battle
  • Jul 16 John Post, Dutch farmer/resistance fighter (passage fight), executed
  • Jul 17 Hugh Rigby, English portrait painter (King George V 1928-32), dies
  • Jul 17 William James Sidis, gifted mathematician and child prodigy (b. 1898)
  • Jul 18 George A Hartland, English MP (Norwich 1931-35), dies at 60
  • Jul 18 Thomas Sturge Moore, English poet (Centaurs' Booty), dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Carl Bock, Danish Gestapo agent, liquidated
  • Jul 19 Harry CA Eyres, British diplomat (Constantinople, Albania), dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Will Marion Cook, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 20 Arthur J Treadwell, English mayor of Stoke Newington, dies at about 71
  • Jul 20 Brandt, col/German staff chief, dies in bombing
  • Jul 20 Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, count/German antifascist colonel, dies
  • Jul 20 Friedrich Olbricht, German general (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic-gold-1936), dies in bombing
  • Jul 20 Korten, chef gen of Germany Luftwaffe, dies in bomb explosion
  • Jul 20 Ludwig Beck, gen/chief Germany general staff (July 20th plot), dies
  • Jul 20 Mertz, German colonel (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Rudolf Schmundt, gen/Hitler's Army adjunct, dies from wounds
  • Jul 20 Werner von Haeffen, German lieutenant (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 20 Mildred Harris, American actress (b. 1901)
  • Jul 21 Gerrit van den Bosch, led illegal Dutch CPN party, dies in Dachau
  • Jul 21 Henning von Tresckow, Gen-Maj, "July 20th plotter", commits suicide
  • Jul 23 Bernard M Cohen, attorney, killed at Belsen concentration camp
  • Jul 23 Helmuth J von Moltke, German earl (July 20th plotter), executed
  • Jul 23 Max HHR Nettlau, Austrian historian (Der Anarchismus), dies at 79
  • Jul 24 Jan Postma, leader of illegal Dutch party (CPN), executed at 49
  • Jul 25 Lesley J McNair, US Lieutenant General killed by friendly fire at St-Lo
  • Jul 26 Rezā Shāh Pahlavi [Rezā Khan], Shah of Iran (1925-41), dies at 66 of a heart ailment
  • Jul 27 Victor Jean Leonard Vreuls, composer, dies at 68