Thursday 31 August 1944
It was Thursday, under the sign of Virgo. The US president was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democratic).
Famous people born on this day include Boris Bergman and France Castel.
Arsenic and Old Lace, directed by Frank Capra, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1944
while The Green Years by A. J. Cronin was one of the best selling books.
On TV people were watching Missus Goes A-Shopping.
But much more happened that day: find out below..
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- Trinidad and Tobago - Independence Day (from Great Britain, 1962)
- Kyrgyzstan - Independence Day (from USSR, 1991)
- Malaysia - Hari Merdeka, a National Day (independence within the Commonwealth, 1957)
- Moldova: Day of Our Language (Limba Noastra)
- Calendar of Saints - Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne, San Abbondio, Saint Raymond Nonnatus
- Boris Bergman
- France Castel
- Roger Dean (artist)
- Noël Simsolo: French director, actor, screenwriter, film historian and novelist.
- Roger Dean: English illustrator and publisher.
- Liz Forgan: English journalist.
- Christine King: English historian and academic.
- Clive Lloyd: Guyanese West Indies cricketer.
- Jos LeDuc: Canadian-American wrestler and actor (d. 1999).
- John Austin: American athlete, played pro basketball for two teams in two seasons, beginning in 1966.
- Fioravanti Ferioli: Italian homicide victim, killed by his drug-addicted son November 1991.
- Killinger: German ambassador to Romania, commits suicide.
- Allied offensive at Gothen-linie, Italy
- French provisional government moves from Algiers to Paris
- French troops liberate Bordeaux
- Russian-Romanian troops march into Bucharest
- The Mad Gasser of Mattoon resumes his mysterious attacks in Mattoon, Illinois.
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Top #2 songs in the USA
- Mills Brothers - Till Then
- Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in Her Stocking) - Evelyn Knight
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