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1944 Historical Event(s)
- January 25, 1944 – New Year’s Day in Chinese calendar. Start of the year of the Wood Monkey in Chinese astrology.
- April 5, 1944 – World War II: 270 inhabitants of the Greek town of Kleisoura are executed by the Germans.
- April 25, 1944 – The United Negro College Fund is incorporated.
- August 12, 1944 – Alençon is liberated by General Leclerc, the first city in France to be liberated from the Nazis by French forces.
- September 11, 1944 – World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500.
- October 15, 1944 – The Arrow Cross Party (very similar to Hitler’s NSDAP (Nazi party)) takes power in Hungary.
- October 16, 1944 – Wally Walrus, Woody Woodpecker’s first steady foil, was debuted at the The Beach Nut, a Walter Lantz’s cartoon.
- October 25, 1944 – Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, takes place in and around the Philippines between the Imperial Japanese Navy and the U.S. Third and U.S. Seventh Fleets.
- December 22, 1944 – World War II: Battle of the Bulge – German troops demand the surrender of United States troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting the famous one word reply by General Anthony McAuliffe: “Nuts!”
- December 26, 1944 – World War II: Patton’s Third Army breaks the encirclement of surrounded U.S. forces at Bastogne, Belgium.
Who Were Born On 1944?
- April 3, 1944 – Tony Orlando, American musician
- April 8, 1944 – Odd Nerdrum, Norwegian painter
- April 13, 1944 – Brian Pendleton, musician (d. 2001)
- April 19, 1944 – Keith Erickson, American basketball player
- May 21, 1944 – Marcie Blane, American singer
- August 19, 1944 – Jack Canfield, American author and speaker
- September 21, 1944 – Bobby Tench, British vocalist and guitarist
- October 9, 1944 – Nona Hendryx, American singer (Labelle)
- November 2, 1944 – Patrice Chéreau, French director, actor and producer
- December 30, 1944 – William J. Fallon, U.S. Navy Admiral, former U.S. Central Command commander