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What Happened in 1944

Important Events in 1944

  • Jun 6 Operation Overlord: D-Day">D-Day begins as the 156,000-strong Allied Expeditionary Force lands in Normandy, France, during World War II
  • Jun 19 World War II: First day of the 2 day Battle of the Philippine Sea, US naval forces defeat Japanese fleet
  • Jul 11 Franklin Roosevelt announces that he will run for a fourth term as President of the United States
  • Jul 23 Conference of Bretton Woods signed; IMF operations begin
  • Jul 25 World War II: Operation Spring - one of Canada's bloodiest days, 18,444 casualties and 5,021 killed
  • Aug 4 Anne Frank arrested in Amsterdam by German Security Police (GrĂ¼ne Polizei) following a tip-off from an informer who was never identified
  • Aug 25 General Charles de Gaulle walks the Champs Elysees in Paris after the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation
  • Sep 2 Holocaust diarist Anne Frank sent to Auschwitz concentration camp
  • Oct 2 Polish resistance fighters capitulate in the Warsaw Uprising, with some 250,000 people killed
  • Oct 13 US 1st army begins battle of Aachen, first German city captured during WWII
  • Oct 21 World War II: US troops capture Aachen, 1st large German city to fall
  • Dec 16 Nazi Germany launches a counteroffensive against the Allies in the Ardennes region of Belgium, beginning the 'Battle of the Bulge'

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1944 in Film & TV

  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Academy Award for Best Picture, 1945)

1944 in Music

  • Oct 30 Aaron Copland's ballet score "Appalachian Spring" premieres in Washington, D.C. with Martha Graham dancing lead role
  • Dec 28 Leonard Bernstein's musical "On the Town" premieres in NYC


Famous People in 1944

World Leaders in 1944

Would you believe this fact about today?Would You Believe?

RAF rear gunner Nicholas Alkemade survives a jump from his Lancaster bomber 18,000 feet over Germany without a parachute; his fall broken by pine trees and soft snow, suffers only a sprained leg

On March 24, 1944

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