On This Day

What Happened on January 1, 1944

Historical Events

  • 10th Orange Bowl: LSU beats Texas A&M, 19-14
  • 10th Sugar Bowl: Georgia Tech beats Tulsa, 20-18
  • 1st feature-length foreign movie "African Journey", shown on TV, NYC
  • 30th Rose Bowl: Southern California beats #12 Washington, 29-0
  • Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl," Oran, North Africa
  • General Clark replaces Gen Patton as commander of 7th Army

Famous Birthdays

  • Charlie Davis, West Indies cricket batsman (15 Tests, 4 x 100s, 54.20 average), born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
  • Dick Gordon, American NFL wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1970-71, Chicago Bears), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Don Novello, American actor and comedian (Father Guido Sarducci-Saturday Night Live), born in Ashtabula, Ohio

Person of interestOmar al-Bashir

Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese politician and 7th President of Sudan (1989-2019), born in Hosh Bannaga, Sudan

President of Sudan Omar al-Bashir
President of Sudan
Omar al-Bashir
  • Zafarullah Khan Jamali, Pakistani politician

Famous Deaths

  • Charles Turner, Australian cricket fast bowler (17 Tests; 101 wickets @ 16.53; fastest to 50 Test wickets), dies at 81
  • Edwin Lutyens, English architect (Viceroy's House, New Delhi), dies at 74
1944 Highlights

About January 1, 1944

Day of the Week: Saturday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 9 months and 27 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Goat/Sheep
Star Sign: Capricorn