On This Day

What Happened in 1944

Important Events in 1944

  • Jan 27 Siege of Leningrad lifted by the Soviets after 880 days and more than 2 million Russians killed
  • May 16 1st of 180,000+ Hungarian Jews reach Auschwitz
  • 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'

More Historical Events

1944 in Film & TV

  • May 3 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (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?

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

Famous Weddings in 1944


More Weddings & Divorces