Friday 14 January 1944
It was Friday, under the sign of Capricorn. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, directed by Arthur Lubin, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944
while Strange Fruit by Lillian Smith was one of the best selling books.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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Which were the important events of 14 January 1944 ?
- Day of St. Basil the Great in Eastern Orthodoxy, January 1 on the Julian Calendar.
- Feast of Divina Pastora, in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
- Makar Sankranti in India. The event is marked by flying kites. Also Pongal in South India.
- New Year's Day in Eastern Orthodoxy, see Julian Calendar.
- Festum Asinorum, medieval burlesque festival celebrating the Flight into Egypt.
- Pierre Blanc: French restaurateur.
- Jacques Bouriez: French business executive, the president of Louis Delhaize, a retail group based in Belgium which manages food supermarkets and hypermarkets.
- Graham Marsh: Australian golfer and architect.
- Nina Totenberg: American journalist.
- Uschi Nerke: German architect and TV presenter.
- Graham Vivian Marsh in Kalgoorlie: Australia; PGA golfer (1977 Heritage).
- Marjoe Gortner: American youthful evangelist who, from the time he was an adolescent, toured and preached the Bible Belt for 15 years. He became an actor in 1971, playing himself in the film "Marjoe." His role in "Marjoe" was followed by B films and minor TV roles. Gortner produced "When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?" in 1978.
- Mohammed Emin Yurdakul: Turkish poet, dies at about age 74.
- Soviet army begins offensive at Oranienbaum / Wolchow
- WWII: Soviet troops start the offensive at Leningrad and Novgorod.
- WWII: The 27th Polish Home Army Infantry Division is re-created, marking the start of Operation Tempest by the Polish Home Army.
- An earthquake hits San Juan, Argentina, killing an estimated 10,000 people in the worst natural disaster in Argentina's history.
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Which were the top hits in that special week of January 1944 ?
Top #5 songs in the USA
- Star Eyes - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
- My Ideal - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
- Speak Low (When You Speak, Love) - Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
- Victory Polka - Bing Crosby & Andrews Sisters
- Kay Armen - The Dreamer
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