Events in year of 1944

  • 01-011st feature-length foreign movie, African Journey, shown on TV, New York City
  • 01-01Army defeats Navy 10-7 in football "Arab Bowl, " Oran, North Africa
  • 01-01Gen Clark replaces General Patton as commander of 7th Army
  • 01-021st use of helicopters during warfare (British Atlantic patrol)
  • 01-04Ralph Bunche appointed 1st Negro official in US State Department
  • 01-07Air Force announces production of 1st US jet fighter, the Bell P-59
  • 01-101st mobile electric power plant delivered, Philadelphia
  • 01-10British troops conquer Maungdaw, Burma
  • 01-11Crakow-Plaszow Concentration Camp established
  • 01-12Churchill and de Gaulle begin a 2-day wartime conference in Marrakesh
  • 01-12Failed resistance raid on distribution office of Borgerstraat Amsterd
  • 01-14Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum / Wolchow
  • 01-15European Advisory Commission decides to divide Germany
  • 01-15General Eisenhower arrives in England
  • 01-15Vught Concentration Camp puts 74 women in 1 cell, 10 die
  • 01-16Gen Eisenhower took command of Allied Invasion Force in London
  • 01-17Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean
  • 01-181st Chinese naturalized US citizen since repeal of exclusion acts
  • 01-20RAF drops 2300 ton bombs on Berlin
  • 01-21447 German bombers attack London
  • 01-21649 British bombers attack Magdeburg
  • 01-22During World War II, Allied forces begin landing at Anzio Italy
  • 01-23Detroit Red Wings score 15 goals against New York Rangers and NHL record 37 points, also most consecutive goals and most lopsided game 15-0
  • 01-24Allied troops occupy Nettuno Italy
  • 01-27Casey Stengel, manager of the Boston Braves since 1938, resigns Lou Perini, Guido Rugo, and Joseph Maney buy control of Boston Braves
  • 01-27Leningrad liberated from Germany in 880 days with 600,000 killed
  • 01-28683 British bombers attack Berlin
  • 01-28U-271 and U-571 sunk off Ireland
  • 01-29285 German bombers attack London
  • 01-30US invades Majuro, Marshall Islands

People born in year of 1944

  • 01-02Peter Eotvos: Composer
  • 01-03Christina von Saltza: United States -- Swimmer (1960 Olympics - 3 Gold / Silver Medalist)
  • 01-04Volker Hornback: Rocker (Tangerine Dream)
  • 01-05Felix Arons: Dutch director / actor (Waaldrecht)
  • 01-06Henry Kravis: Author (The Money Machine)
  • 01-06Robert Landers: Tarrant County, Texas -- PGA golfer (Ft Worth-1976, 78, 80)
  • 01-06Van McCoy: US soul singer / songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle)
  • 01-07Ad [GB] Nijhuis: Dutch MP (VVD)
  • 01-08Terry Brooks: United States -- Sci-fi author (Sword of Shannara)
  • 01-09Scott Engel: Vocalist (Walker Brothers-Sun Aint Gonna Shine Anymore)
  • 01-11York Georg Holler: Composer
  • 01-12Vlastimil Hort: Czech / German chess player
  • 01-14Graham Vivian Marsh: Kalgoorlie, Australia -- PGA golfer (1977 Heritage)
  • 01-16Chris de Marigny: Painter / designer
  • 01-18Relus ter Beek: Dutch Minister of Defense (PvdA)
  • 01-19Dan Reeves: NFL Coach (New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 01-19Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Composer
  • 01-19Richard [Erskine Frere] Leakey: Nairobi, Kenya -- Anthropologist
  • 01-20Eddie Shah: English publisher (Today, Post)
  • 01-20Isao Okano: Japan -- Middleweight judo (1964 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-20Lieven Soete: Dutch publicist (Molotov-Ribbentrop-pact)
  • 01-21John Kenneth Tavener: Composer
  • 01-21Neely Bruce: Composer
  • 01-23Jerry Lawson: US singer (Persuasions-Under the Boardwalk)
  • 01-23Marty Russo: (Rep-D-Illinois, 1975- )
  • 01-23Sergey Belov: USSR -- Basketball player (1972 Olympics - Gold Medalist)
  • 01-24David Gerrold [Jerrold David Friedman]: Author (World of Star Trek)
  • 01-27Kevin Coyne: Rocker
  • 01-28Brian Keenan: NYC, New York -- Rock drummer (Chamber Bros-Time Has Come Today)
  • 01-28James Cran: British MP

People died in year of 1944

  • 01-04Henri "Hans" Flu: Indonesian / Dutch family doctor / antifascist, murder
  • 01-04Kaj Munk [Harald Leininger]: Anti-fascist writer (Kaj Munk)
  • 01-05Adolph Goldschmidt: German / Swiss art historian, dies at 80
  • 01-07J Verleun: Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 01-11Galeazzo Count of Cortellazzo Ciano: Italian politician
  • 01-14Mohammed Emin Yurdakul: Turkish poet, dies at about 74
  • 01-19Harold Fraser-Simson: Composer, dies at 71
  • 01-21Gustaaf DFL Schamelhout: Flemish Physician / writer, dies at 74
  • 01-21Heinrich zu Sayn-Wittgenstein: German major / pilot, shot down
  • 01-23Edvard Munch: Norwegian Painter (The Scream), dies at 80
  • 01-29William Allen White: US journalist (Emporia Gazette), dies at 75
  • 02-01Martin Lunssens: Composer, dies at 72
  • 02-01Piet Mondrian: Abstract Painter (Composition in Blue), dies at 71
  • 02-05Robert E Park: Sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 02-11Ivan Sollertinski: Friend of Russian Composer D Sjostakovitsj
  • 02-16Edmund von Borck: Composer, dies at 37
  • 02-17Fausto Agnelli: Swiss painter, dies at 64
  • 02-19Siegfried Garibaldi Kallenberg: Composer, dies at 76
  • 02-23Leo Hendrick Baekeland: Inventor (Bakelite)
  • 02-24Leo H A Baekeland: Belgian / US chemist (bakeliet), dies at 80
  • 03-01Formans: Director Milos Formans mother, dies in Auschwitz
  • 03-05Max Jacob: French writer, dies in Nazi concentration camp at 67
  • 03-10David Vogel: Ukrainian author, dies in Auschwitz at 52
  • 03-11Hendrik W van Loon: Neth / US radio commentator / writer, dies at 62
  • 03-15Otto von Below: German Commandant (WWI), dies at 86
  • 03-18Benjamin Delmonte: Theater director / actor, dies at 79
  • 03-20Felix Woyrsch: Composer, dies at 83
  • 03-22Pucheu: French Internal Minister to Vichy, executed
  • 03-23O C Wingate: British General Major (Burma), dies in air crash
  • 03-28Chayyim Most: Rabbi / Maggid of Kovono, killed by Nazis

Events in year of 1945

  • 01-01France joins the UN
  • 01-01German air raid on allied airports at Eindhoven / Saint-Trond / Brussels
  • 01-02Allied air raid on Neurenberg
  • 01-02Kentucky begins 130 home basketball game win streak, ends in 1955
  • 01-02Radio Orange ends cooperation at Liese-Aktion
  • 01-03Allies land on west coast of Burma, conquer Akyab
  • 01-03British Premier Winston Churchill visits France
  • 01-03Cato-Meridian School, NY, installs germicidal lamps in every room
  • 01-03Greek General Plastiras forms government
  • 01-03US aircraft carriers attack Okinawa
  • 01-04Germans execute resistance fighters in Amsterdam
  • 01-04US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after kamikaze attack
  • 01-05Pepe LePew debuts in Warner Bros cartoon "Odor-able Kitty"
  • 01-05Surprise attack on Liese-Aktion-office on Marnix St, Amsterdam
  • 01-06Future President George Bush marries Barbara Pierce in Rye, New York
  • 01-07Lord Haw-Haw reports total German victory at Ardennen
  • 01-08"Youth for Christ" organizes
  • 01-09US soldiers led by General Douglas MacArthur invades Philippines
  • 01-10Baseball writers again fail to elect a new Hall of Famer
  • 01-10LA Railway (with 5 streetcar lines) forced to close
  • 01-12German forces in Belgium retreat in Battle of Bulge
  • 01-12US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle of South China Sea
  • 01-15"Make Mine Manhattan" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 429 performances
  • 01-15Every Amsterdammer gets 3 kg sugar beets
  • 01-15Red Army frees Crakow-Plaszow concentration camp
  • 01-16Scottish 52nd land division / 1st Commando brigade-assault at Heinsberg
  • 01-16US 1st and 3rd army meet at Houffalise
  • 01-17Auschwitz concentration camp begins evacuation
  • 01-17Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work
  • 01-17Liberation of Warsaw by Soviet troops (end of Nazi occupation)

People born in year of 1945

  • 01-01Jacques Ickx: Belgium -- Le Mans auto race (6-time winner)
  • 01-04Jay Dee Maness: Loma Linda, California -- Singer (Desert Rose Band-Love Reunited)
  • 01-05Sam Wyche: NFL coach (Cincinnati Bengals)
  • 01-06Barry Holstein Lopez: US author (Of Wolves & Men)
  • 01-06Barry John: Welsh international rugby player
  • 01-07Tony Conigliaro: Massachusetts, United States -- Baseball outfielder (Boston Red Sox)
  • 01-08John Peters: Rock drummer (Harpers Bizarre)
  • 01-09Frank J Biondi, Jr.: President (HBO)
  • 01-09Harun Farocki: Actor / director (Nicht loeschbares Feur)
  • 01-11Christine Kaufmann: Austria -- Actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips)
  • 01-12Maggie Bell: Glasgow, Scotland -- Rocker
  • 01-13[Eileen] Joy[ce] Chant [Rutter]: United Kingdom -- Sci-fi author (High Kings)
  • 01-16Kabir Bedi: Actor (Thief of Baghdad, Terminal Entry)
  • 01-19Charles Amirkhanian: Composer
  • 01-19Rod Evans: Rocker (Deep Purple-Come Taste the Band)
  • 01-19Vadim Abdrashitov: Director (Fox Hunt, Parade of Planets)
  • 01-20Peter Beckwith: English real estate developer / multi-millionaire
  • 01-21Andrew Stein: President of NYC council (D)
  • 01-22Michael Cristofer: Actor / writer (Little Drummer Girl)
  • 01-25Leigh Taylor-Young: Washington, DC -- Actress (Peyton Place, Alice B Toklas)
  • 01-27Mairead Corrigan-Maguire: North Irish peace activist (Nobel 1976)
  • 01-27Nicholas Berkeley Mason: Drummer (Pink Floyd-Brick in the Wall)
  • 01-28Nick Raynsford: British MP
  • 01-29Donna Marie Caponi Young: Detroit, Michigan -- LPGA golfer (US Open 1969, 70)
  • 01-29James Nicholson: British MEP
  • 01-30Michael Dorris: Writer
  • 01-30Robert Wittinger: Composer
  • 01-31Noah Creshevsky: Composer
  • 02-01Ole Buck: Composer
  • 02-02Ronnie Goodson: Rocker

People died in year of 1945

  • 01-01Vit Nejedly: Composer, dies at 33
  • 01-02Betram Home Ramsay: English Admiral / Cmdr Naval Forces (Normandy), dies at 61
  • 01-03Fyodor Akimenko: Composer, dies at 68
  • 01-08Jac[obus] P Thijsse: Dutch biologist (Omgang met planten), dies at 79
  • 01-10Rudolf Borchardt: Writer, dies at 67
  • 01-14Sandor Vandor: Composer, dies at 43
  • 01-16Dennis Donnini: British rifleman (Victoria Cross), dies in battle at 19
  • 01-19Ernest B Allo: French theologist, dies at 71
  • 01-22A Wolfenstein: Writer, dies at 61
  • 01-22Carlo Felice Boghen: Composer, dies a day before 76th birthday
  • 01-22Johan Eykman: Theologist (World Church), dies at 52
  • 01-23Helmuth J Moltke: German politician ("July 20th Plot"), executed at 37
  • 01-28Philip "Felix" Bekkers: Actor (We Go on Trip), dies at 37
  • 01-30Gottlieb J Haberlandt: Hungarian / German botanist, dies at 90
  • 01-30William Busch: Composer, dies at 43
  • 01-31Eddie Slovik: 1st US executed for desertion since Civil War at 25
  • 02-01Johan Huizinga: Dutch culture Historian (Homo Ludens), dies at 72
  • 02-02Karl F Goerdeler: Mayor (Leipzig) / "July 20th plot", hanged at 60
  • 02-03Jose Rolon: Composer, dies at 61
  • 02-03Roland Freisler: German Nazi judge (July 20th plotter case)
  • 02-06Jan Bos: Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 02-06Paul Bos: Dutch resistance fighter, executed
  • 02-09George J L Maduro: Resistance fighter (Madurodam), dies in Dachau
  • 02-09Jan Bakker: Resistance fighter, executed at 26
  • 02-10Juan de Hernandez: Composer, dies at 63
  • 02-11Al Dubin: Swiss songwriter (Tiptoe Thru The Tulips), dies at 53
  • 02-11J S H Lokerman: Dutch resistance fighter, dies in Neugengamme
  • 02-12de Jong: Dutch vicar / resistance fighter, executed
  • 02-12Henrietta Szold: Founder (Hadassah, Youth Aliyah)
  • 02-12Walraven [Wally] van Hall: Dutch banker / resisted Nazis, executed at 39