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1944 Trivia

<< - 1943
World Series Champions:
St. Louis Cardinals
NFL Champions:
Green Bay Packers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf:
Not played due to WWII
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Sgt. Frank Parker/Pauline Betz
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
not held
NCAA Football Champions:
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kentucky Derby:
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Veronica Lake, Carole Landis, Alexis Smith, Jane Russell, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner
"The Quotes"
"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

Time Magazine's Man of the Year:
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Miss America:
Venus Ramey (Washington, DC)
The Scandal:
Airplane Celebrity Death: Glenn Miller

WWII News:
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 bagpipes.

Rationing laws prohibited the sale of freshly-baked bread because "the tastiness of just-baked bread is likely to encourage people to eat it immoderately". Bread had to be at least 24 hours old before it was sold.

American fighter pilot William Bruce "Bill" Overstreet Jr. (April 10, 1921 – December 29, 2013) shot down a German Messerschmitt Bf-109G after chasing it through the arches of the Eiffel Tower.

In World War II, British soldiers got a ration of three sheets of toilet paper a day. Americans got 22.

Franz Stigler - a German ace fighter pilot who risked his life to spare and then save the lives of 9 Americans by escorting their injured B-17 bomber out of Germany. The incident would later be called "the most incredible encounter between enemies in World War II."

During WWII 40% of Agricultural Production Came from Home Victory Gardens.

Audie Murphy was one of the most decorated United States Army combat soldiers of World War II. He received every American combat award for valor available at the time of his service, including the Medal of Honor at the age of 19. He also received recognitions from France and Belgium.

The USA feared an invasion of Hawaii by the Japanese during WWII printed so they printed "HAWAII" on the back of US paper money so it could be easily identified and rendered useless if seized by the enemy.

So many American Indians joined the military during WW2 that had all Americans joined at the same proportion, the draft would not have been necessary. The Blackfeet tribe mocked the idea of a draft: "Since when has it been necessary for Blackfeet to draw lots to fight?"

Other candy manufacturers donated their sugar rations to keep Life Savers in production so that the little candies could be shared with Armed Forces as a "tasty reminder of life at home".

June 6th was WW II's D-Day.

WW II's Battle of the Bulge began on December 16th.

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.

Best Film Oscar Winner:
Going My Way
Popular Music in 1944 - # 1 Hits of 1944