January and February 1944
Jan. 1 — Report published identifying DNA as hereditary agent in a virus.
Jan. 7 — US AF announces production of first jet fighter, Bell P-59 Airacomet.
Jan. 10 — Lyons, France: Militia kills Victor Basch, president of Human Rights League.
Jan. 13 — Washington: FDR presents $99.7 bil. War budget.
Jan. 19 — Washington: Rail wage dispute ended; lines return to private ownership.
Jan. 27 — Washington announces 5,200 American prisoners tortured by Japanese.
Feb. 1 — Pacific: US forces take beaches on Marshall Islands.
Feb. 3 — US battleships shell Japanese homeland for first time at Kurile Islands.
Feb. 3 — USSR: — Red army encircles 56,000 Germans in Ukraine.
Feb. 7 — Finland: Helsinki bombed twice by waves of Soviet planes.
Feb. 12 — Wendell Wilkie enters American presidential race.
Feb. 17 — Alabama: Oil discovered in commercial quantities.
Feb. 19 — Miami: Charles E. Bedaux, French-born former sandhog, takes own life while facing treason charges.
Feb. 22 — Washington: FDR vetoes new tax bill, calling it relief for the greedy.
Feb. 23 — Pacific: American bombers strike Marianas Island bases 1,300 miles from Tokyo.
Feb. 25 — Pacific: US forces smash 135 planes in Marianas and Guam.
Compiled by Phyllis Stowers, Lifestyles Editor for The Lincoln Journal.