1944 Hit Parade

Air conditioning was introduced in motor vehicles.

Popular films included: 
    Double Indemnity
directed by Billy Wilder
Gaslight starring Ingrid Bergman
Hail the Conquering Hero directed by Preston Struges, Henry V directed by and starring Lawrence Olivier
Laura starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews
Meet Me In St. Louis starring Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien
National Velvet starring Elizabeth Taylor
Since You Went Away starring Claudette Colbert and Joseph Cotton
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo starring Van Johnson
To Have and Have Not starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

Fiction of the year included:   Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man, Kay Boyle’s Avalanche, Harry Brown’s A Walk in the Sun, Isak Dinesen’s Winter Tales, Charles Jackson’s The Lost Weekend, D.H. Lawrence’s The First Lady Chatterly, Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, Katherine Anne Porter’s The Leaning Tower and Other Stories, Jean Stafford’s Boston Adventure, and Lillian Smith’s Strange Fruit.

Popular songs included:  “Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive” by The Andrews Sisters, “Be-Bop” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Gonna Build a Big Fence Around Texas” by Gene Autry, “Groovin’ High” by Dizzy Gillespie, “I’m Making Believe” by Ella Fitzgerald, “Just a Prayer Away” by Bing Crosby, “Sentimental Journey” by Les Brown and his Orchestra with Doris Day, “That Ole Devil Called Love” by Billie Holiday, and “You Always Hurt the One You Love” by the Mills Brothers.

The first automatic, general-purpose computer was created.

The first tertracycline, Aureomycin, was discovered.

The United Negro College Fund was established..

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act became law, helping servicemen and women to obtain low-income housing and educational loans.

April 2:  Shostakovich’s Symphony no. 8 was played by the U.S. Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall.

April 3:  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blacks couldn’t be barred from voting in political party primaries.

July 1:  The first TV commercial, a ten-second announcement for Bulova watches, was aired for $9.00.

December 7:  CBS televised news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.