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1944 - Information from 1944Monarch – King George VI
Prime Minister – Winston Churchill, coalition
EventsJanuary – Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service officially formed
21–22 January – World War II: Start of Operation Steinbock (the "Baby Blitz"), a nocturnal Luftwaffe bombing offensive chiefly targeted at the Greater London area (continues until May). On this attack, few aircraft reach the target area.
10 February – PAYE (Pay as you earn) system of tax collection introduced.
26 February – World War II: Last heavy air-raids on London.
March – Lifting of prohibition on married women working as teachers.
28 April – Allied convoy T4, forming part of amphibious Exercise Tiger (a full-scale rehearsal for the Normandy landings) off the Devon coast, is attacked by E-boats, resulting in the deaths of 749 American servicemen from LSTs.
29 May – Thunderstorms lead to severe flooding, particularly around Holmfirth.
1 June – World War II: The BBC transmits a coded message (the first line of a poem by Paul Verlaine) to underground resistance fighters in France warning that the invasion of Europe is imminent.
5 June – World War II: Final preparations for D-Day take place in the South of England.
6 June – World War II: Battle of Normandy begins – Operation Overlord, code named D-Day, commences with the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France.
13 June – World War II: The first V-1 Flying Bomb attack on London takes place.
12 July – Release of Laurence Olivier's Henry V, the first work of Shakespeare filmed in colour.
3 August – The Education Act, promoted by Rab Butler, creates a Tripartite System of secondary education with Secondary Modern, Technical, and Grammar schools, entrance being determined in most cases by the results of the Eleven plus exam.
21 August – American, British, Chinese, French and Soviet representatives meet to plan the foundation of the United Nations.
7 September – The Belgian government leaves the UK and returns to Belgium following the liberation of Brussels on 3 September.
8 September – World War II: The first V-2 Rocket attack on London takes place.
17 September – World War II: Restrictions imposed by the Blackout are relaxed.
9 October – Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin begin a nine-day conference in Moscow to discuss the future of Europe.
23 October – The Allies recognise Charles de Gaulle's cabinet as the provisional government of France.
12 November – World War II: Sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz by RAF Lancaster bombers.
25 November – World War II: A V-2 rocket destroys the Woolworth's store in New Cross Road, south east London, killing 168, the highest death toll from one of these weapons.
27 November – RAF Fauld explosion: Between 3,450 and 3,930 tons (3,500 and 4,000 tonnes) of ordnance explodes at an underground storage depot in Staffordshire leaving about 75 dead and a crater 1,200 metres (0.75 miles) across and 120 metres (400 ft) deep, one of the largest explosions in history and the largest on UK soil.
3 December – World War II: The Home Guard is stood down.
24 December – World War II: V-1 Flying Bomb attack kills 27 in Oldham, having been aimed at Manchester.