On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1944

Historical Events

  • 10th Heisman Trophy Award: Les Horvath, Ohio State (QB)
  • General De Gaulle arrives in Moscow
  • German troops seize Betuwse dikes
  • US 95th Infantry division occupies bridge at Saar

Famous Birthdays

  • Botho Strauß, German author, born in Naumburg, Germany
  • Cathy Lee Crosby, American actress (Coach, That's Incredible), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Ibrahim Rugova, Kosovar nationalist writer and President of Kosovo (1992-2006), born in Crnce, Democratic Federal Yugoslavia (now Kosovo) (d. 2006)
  • Roger Omond, journalist

Famous Deaths

  • Eiji Sawamura, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (first no-hitter in Japanese pro baseball 1936), dies in battle when his ship torpedoed, at 27
  • Filippo T Marinetti, Italian writer (father of futurism), dies at 67
  • Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Italian-French prose writer, novelist, poet, and dramatist (Futurism e Futurista), dies of cardiac arrest at 67
  • JW Ummels, Dutch resistance fighter (House of Saxon-Nazi), dies
1944 Highlights

About December 2, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 10 months and 23 days
Leap Year: Yes

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