What Happened on April 13, 1944

Historical Events

  • New Zealand and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations
  • South Carolina rejects black suffrage
  • Stanley Cup Final, Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 5-4 in overtime for a 4-0 series sweep; Canadiens' first SC triumph since 1931

Historic Event

Transport #71 departs Drancy (France) internment camp, taking 1,500 French Jews to Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi German occupied Poland; an estimated 91 survived

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things, 1963-66 - "Don't Bring Me Down"), born in Durham, England (d. 2001)
  • Charles Burnett, American film director (When It Rains; Glass Shield), born in Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Jack Casady, American rock bassist (Hot Tuna - "Hesitation Blues"; Jefferson Airplane - "Volunteers"; "White Rabbit"), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Susan Davis, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from California (D), 2001-21), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Famous Deaths

  • Cécile Chaminade, French pianist and 1st female composer awarded with Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (1913), dies at 86
  • Paul Hazard, French critic and literature historian, dies at 65
1944 Highlights

About April 13, 1944

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 78 years, 5 months and 13 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Monkey
Star Sign: Aries