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January 1, 1944 Georgia Tech defeats Tulsa in the Sugar Bowl
February 20, 1944 Start of "Big Week", six days of missions designed to destroy German aircraft production. The Eighth Air Force (England) and the Ninth Air Force (Italy) participate.
  Eighth Air Force
March 4, 1944 Lt. Chuck Yeager shoots down his first German fighter while serving in the Eighth (Army) Air Force
  Eighth Air Force
April 3, 1944 In Smith v. Allwright the U. S. Supreme Court holds that restrictions against blacks voting in primaries are unconstitutional.
  The Road to Integration
  Primus King
April 16, 1944 Tornado strikes the small town of Royston, Georgia, killing 12 people
April 17, 1944 Martin Luther King delivers a speech "The Negro and the Constitution" in Dublin, GA
  Martin Luther King
May 21, 1944 Eighth Air Force begins Operation Chattanooga Choo-Choo, systematic raids in Germany and France designed to destroy the Nazi's ability to move munitions and supplies by railroad. It is specifically designed to soften up German lines in advance of D-Day
  Eighth Air Force
May 28, 1944 Gladys Knight born, Atlanta
  Gladys Knight
June 6, 1944 D-Day, Normandy, France. More than 15,000 sorties are flown over France and Germany, led by the Eighth Air Force.
  Eighth Air Force
June 9, 1944 Eighth Air Force establishes a base in Allied-occupied France
  Eighth Air Force
July 4, 1944 Rev. Primus King, enters the courthouse in Columbus, Georgia and attempts to vote in the "white only" Democratic primary. King was black.
  The Road to Integration
  Columbus, Georgia
  Primus King
August 4, 1944 Train crash in Lanier County (near Stockton, GA) claims the lives of 47 people
  Lanier County, Georgia
August 24, 1944 Eighth Air Force's 78th Fighter Group shoots down the experimental Me-262, a German jet-powered fighter. It is the first jet fighter to be shot down.
  Eighth Air Force
September 21, 1944 (William) Hamilton (McWhorter) Jordan born, Charlotte, North Carolina
  Hamilton Jordan
October 13, 1944 The Atlanta Campaign National Historic Site (abolished, 1950) is created
December 11, 1944 Brenda Mae Tarpley (Brenda Lee) is born at Grady Hospital in Atlanta (grew up in Lithonia)
  Brenda Lee
December 22, 1944 Flood Control Act of 1944 enacted. Created Allatoona Dam
December 24, 1944 Mike Curb born, Savannah, Georgia
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
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