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1944

In 1944, the world was plunged into the chaos of World War II. In April, U.S. troops rehearsing for the Normandy Landings were attacked by German E-boats.

1944

In Europe, June saw the establishment of the Provisional French Government and the fall of Rome, first Axis capital to be taken by the Allies. By June 5th, the German Navy’s Enigma Code, which had hampered Allied efforts for most of the war, is decoded almost in real time and British bombers bombard the Normandy coast in preparation for the Normandy Landings which take place the following day.

On June 6th, 155,000 Allied troops land on the coast of Normandy – the largest amphibious military operation ever. Over the next two months, the Allies pushed through to Paris, liberating the French capital and loosening Nazi Germany’s hold on Western Europe.

In the arts, Michael Curtiz’s Casablanca wins Best Picture at the 16th Academy Awards on March 2nd and Jean-Paul Sartre publishes No Exit in May, including his most famous quotation, “Hell is other people”. Another famous play, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, premiered in Chicago in December.

World War II prevents the London Summer Olympics from being held and the Winter Olympics slated to take place at Cortina d’Ampezzo in Northern Italy are also cancelled. In science, Austrian podiatrist Hans Asperger published his paper on Asperger Syndrome on June 3rd, providing a key description of the symptoms of autism. Another Austrian intellectual, Friedrich Hayek, published The Road to Serfdom in March, which was tremendously influential on conservative and libertarian thought.

Notable births in 1944 include English guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, American director and writer George Lucas, South Korean politician and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and Swiss immunologist and Nobel Prize Winner R.M. Zinkernagel.

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Movies

Which were the most popular movies released this year ?

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Directed by: Arthur Lubin

Starring: Maria Montez, Jon Hall, Turhan Bey

Country: United States

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Phantom Lady

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

Starring: Franchot Tone, Ella Raines, Alan Curtis

Country: United States

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The Fighting Sullivans

Directed by: Lloyd Bacon

Starring: Anne Baxter, Thomas Mitchell, Selena Royle

Country: United States

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The Uninvited

Directed by: Lewis Allen

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp

Country: United States

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Books

Which were the most popular books released in 1944 ?

Strange Fruit

By: Lillian Smith

When it was first published in 1944, this novel sparked immediate controversy and became a huge bestseller. It captured with devastating accuracy the deep-seated racial conflicts of a tightly knit southern town.

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The Robe

By: Lloyd C. Douglas

A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize. He then sets forth on a quest to find the truth about the Nazarene's robe-a quest that reaches to the very roots and heart of Christianity and is set ...

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By: Betty Smith

The beloved American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life and ...

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Forever Amber

By: Kathleen Winsor

Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, 16-year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the ...

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Popular names

Which were the top popular names given to babies born in 1944 in the USA ?

Top #10 male names
  1. James
  2. Robert
  3. John
  4. William
  5. Richard
  6. David
  7. Charles
  8. Thomas
  9. Michael
  10. Ronald
Top #10 female names
  1. Mary
  2. Barbara
  3. Linda
  4. Patricia
  5. Carol
  6. Sandra
  7. Nancy
  8. Judith
  9. Sharon
  10. Betty

What happened in each day of 1944

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