Historical Events For Year 1944

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February 26, 1944

Sue S. Dauser is the first woman to become a captain in the United States Navy Nurse Corps.
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March 1, 1944

The beginning of an anti-fascist strike occurs in northern Italy. Read More

March 3, 1944

The Soviet Union establishes the Order of Nakhimov and the Order of Ushakov. Read More

March 10, 1944

The restriction on married women becoming teachers is raised in the United Kingdom. Read More

March 15, 1944

The law criminalizing homosexuality is eradicated in Sweden. Read More

March 18, 1944

26 are killed and thousand vacate their homes when the last eruption of Mount Vesuvius occurs in Italy.
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March 24, 1944

Seventy-six prisoners of the Royal Air Force escape from the Stalag Luft III prisoner of war camp in what is known as the Great Escape.
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April 4, 1944

The Auschwitz concentration camp gets photographed by an Allied surveillance aircraft. Read More

April 19, 1944

Operation Ichi-Go is initiated by Japan in central and south China. Read More

June 1, 1944

A warning to the French that an invasion of Europe is looming is broadcasted in a coded message by the BBC.
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June 2, 1944

The formation of the provisional French government occurs. Read More

June 4, 1944

The first of the Axis power capitals to fall to the Allies is Rome. Read More

June 5, 1944

The second coded message broadcast from the BBC to France occurs, confirming that the invasion of Europe is about to begin.
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June 5, 1944

Preparing for D-Day, British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German artillery batteries on the coast of Normandy.
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June 16, 1944

George Junius Stinney, Jr. is the youngest person to be executed in the United States at age 14.
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June 29, 1944

The deportation of Hungarian Jews to Nazi concentration camps is initiated. Read More

July 1, 1944

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire holds the first United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference.
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July 20, 1944

Claus von Stauffenberg initiates a failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Read More

August 2, 1944

Diplomatic and economic relations with Germany is terminated by Turkey. Read More

October 7, 1944

At least seventy SS men are killed in a revolt against the Sonderkommando extermination camp in Auschwitz.
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October 18, 1944

Adolf Hitler establishes the Volkssturm Nazi militia. Read More

December 16, 1944

The Battle of the Bulge is initiated by Germany. Read More

December 16, 1944

The position of the first U.S. Five-Star General is granted to General George Catlett Marshall.
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December 24, 1944

William Christensenhe choreographs the first complete U.S. production of The Nutcracker ballet by Tchaikovsky in San Francisco.
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