Top News Stories from 1944

World Events

World Statistics

Population: 4.378 billion
population by decade
Nobel Peace Prize: International Red Cross
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U.S. Events

U.S. Statistics

Vice President: Henry A. Wallace
Population: 138,397,345
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Federal spending: $91.30 billion
Federal debt $204.1 billion
Consumer Price Index: $17.6
Unemployment: 1.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03


World Series
St. Louis Cardinals d. St. Louis Browns (4-2)
Stanley Cup
Montreal d. Chicago
Kentucky Derby Champion
NCAA Basketball Championship
Utah d. Dartmouth
NCAA Football Champions
Army (9-0-0)


Entertainment Awards

Pulitzer Prizes

Journey in the Dark, Martin Flavin

Music: Symphony No. 4 (Op. 34), Howard Hanson
Academy Award, Best Picture: Casablanca (Warner Bros.)
Nobel Prize for Literature: Johannes V. Jensen (Denmark)
Miss America: Venus Ramey (DC)
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  • The first instance of network censorship occurs. The sound is cut off on the Eddie Cantor and Nora Martin duet, "We're Having a Baby, My Baby and Me."
  • The DuMont network goes on the air. Paramount Pictures backs the start-up enterprise, but its lack of affiliated radio networks leads to its early demise in 1956.


Nobel Prizes in Science

Chemistry: Otto Hahn (Germany), for work on atomic fission1945
Physics: Isidor Isaac Rabi (US), for work on magnetic movements of atomic particles
Physiology or Medicine: Joseph Erlanger and Herbert Spencer Gasser (both U.S.), for work on functions of the nerve threads
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  • Scientists at Harvard University construct the first automatic, general-purpose digital computer.
  • DNA is isolated by Oswald Avery.
  • The Germans develop the V-2, the first true missile.
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