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1944 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1944 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|Green Bay Packers|
Stanley Cup Champions
US Open Golf
|Not played due to WWII|
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Sgt. Frank Parker/Pauline Betz|
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1944 - LSU over Texas
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1944 - USC over Washington
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1944 - Georgia Tech over Tulsa
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Flornell-Rare-Bit of Twin Ponds|
Time Magazine's Man of the Year
|Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|Venus Ramey (Washington, DC)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine, Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Veronica Lake, Carole Landis, Alexis Smith, Jane Russell, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner|
|"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You
just put your lips together and blow"
- Lauren Bacall, in 'To Have and to Have Not'
"Only you can prevent forest fires"
- United States Forest Service
1944 Pop Culture History
Carrots do not actually help most people to see in the dark. This
myth was propaganda used by the Royal Air Force to explain why their
pilots had improved success during night air battles, but was actually
used to disguise advances in radar technology.
Chemist Leandro Panizzon synthesized a new drug, Methylphenidate.
His wife, nicknamed Rita, had low blood pressure and would take
the drug as a stimulant before playing tennis, so he named it after
her - "Ritalin".
In Star Trek, Khan's full name was based on that of Kim Noonien Singh, a pilot Gene Roddenbery served with in the South Pacific during the Second World War. Roddenbery lost touch with his friend and had hoped that by creating a character with a similar name he might attract his attention.
In 1944, the income tax rate in the US for the top bracket was 94%.
World War II News and Information
The unknown Hero: Capt. James Martin Stag, President Eisenhower's Chief Meteorologist, made the decision to delay the Allies' invasion of Normandy from June 5th to June 6th due to weather conditions. It was "The most important weather forecast of all time".
There was a British officer in WW2 named Mad Jack Churchill (September
16, 1906 - March 8, 1996) who fought with a Longbow & Sword.
He was the only soldier known to have killed an enemy with a bow
in the war. He was also known for charging into battle whilst playing
The US sent professional baseball player (and spy), Moe Berg, to
a Werner Heisenberg physics lecture with a gun & orders to shoot
Heisenberg if he said anything indicating that Germany was close
to building a nuclear bomb
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
|The Balvano Train Disaster of 1944: Some 426 people
illegally riding a steam-hauled freight train died of carbon monoxide
poisoning when the train stalled on a steep gradient in a tunnel in
Basilicata, southern Italy
Airplane Celebrity Death: Glenn Miller
Charles Nelson Reilly, actor/comedian best known as the long time panelist on the game show Match Game, was a survivor of the 1944 Hartford circus tent fire in which 169 people died. He never sat in an audience again for the remainder of life because large crowds reminded him of the event.
On August 5, 1944, one of the biggest jailbreaks in history involved hundreds of Japanese POWs attempting to escape an Australian prisoner camp. The Japanese considered the Australians weak because they treated the prisoners well. 234 of the Japanese were killed and another 108 wounded.
|Seventeen began publication|
|Reading Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith
Watching Gaslight, Arsenic and Old Lace, To have and Have Not, Laura, Lifeboat and Double Indemnity in theaters
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1944 include:
The Andrews Sisters, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra, Ella Fitzegerald, Dick Haymes, Duke Ellingon, Helen Forrest, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, Betty Hutton, The Ink Spots, Harry James and His Orchestra, Louis Jordan, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Mills Brothers, Vaughn Monroe, Pied Pipers, Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Martha Tilton, Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
Charts based on Billboard music charts.
|A Canterbury Tale, Arsenic and Old Lace,Double Indemnity, Gaslight, Going My Way , Hail the Conquering Hero, Henry V, Ivan the Terrible Part I, Laura, Lifeboat, Meet Me in St. Louis, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek Murder My Sweet, National Velvet, None But The LOnely Heart, Since You Went Away, To Have and Have Not, The Uninvited|
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