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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.
- January 29, 1944 – In Bologna, Italy, the Anatomical Theatre of the Archiginnasio is destroyed in an air-raid.
- January 31, 1944 – World War II: American forces land on Kwajalein Atoll and other islands in the Japanese-held Marshall Islands.
- June 4, 1944 – World War II: A hunter-killer group of the United States Navy captures the German submarine U-505 – the first time a U.S. Navy vessel had captured an enemy vessel at sea since the 19th century.
- July 21, 1944 – World War II: Battle of Guam – American troops land on Guam starting the battle. It would end on August 10.
- October 12, 1944 – World War II: The Liberation of Athens from the German invaders.
- October 13, 1944 – World War II: Riga, the capital of Latvia is occupied by the Red Army.
- October 14, 1944 – Athens, Greece, is liberated by British Army troops entering the city as the Wehrmacht pulls out during World War II. This clears the way for the Greek government-in-exile to return to its historic capital city, with George Papandreou, Sr., as the head-of-government.
- December 3, 1944 – Greek Civil War: Fighting breaks out in Athens between the ELAS and government forces supported by the British Army.
- December 28, 1944 – Maurice Richard becomes the first player to score 8 points in one game of NHL ice hockey.
Who Were Born On 1944?
- January 1, 1944 – Jimmy Hart, American wrestling manager
- February 12, 1944 – Moe Bandy, American singer
- February 16, 1944 – Richard Ford, American novelist
- May 5, 1944 – Bo Larsson, Swedish footballer
- May 6, 1944 – Anton Furst, American production designer (d. 1991)
- May 12, 1944 – Chris Patten, British politician
- May 18, 1944 – W. G. Sebald, German-born writer (d. 2001)
- May 23, 1944 – John Newcombe, Australian tennis player
- August 9, 1944 – Khaleda Zia, Bangladeshi politician and former Prime Minister.
- November 10, 1944 – Silvestre Reyes, American politician