On This Day

What Happened on January 18, 1944

Historical Events

  • 1st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts

Music concertMusic Concert

The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden.

Jazz Musician Louis Armstrong
Jazz Musician
Louis Armstrong

Famous Birthdays

  • Al Perkins, American steel guitarist (Triple Play), born in De Kalb, Texas
  • Alexander Van der Bellen, Austrian politician, President of Austria (2017-), born in Vienna, Austria
  • Carl Morton, American baseball player, born in Kansas City, Missouri (d. 1983)
  • Larry "Legs" Smith, British rocker (Bonzo Dog Band-Urban Spaceman), born in Oxford, United Kingdom

Person of interestPaul Keating

Paul Keating, 24th Prime Minister of Australia (Labor: 1991-96), born in Darlinghurst, New South Wales, Australia

24th Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating
24th Prime Minister of Australia
Paul Keating
  • Relus ter Beek, Dutch Minister of defense (PvdA), born in Coevorden, Netherlands (d. 2008)
1944 Highlights

About January 18, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 76 years, 9 months and 7 days
Leap Year: Yes

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