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November 1944 in Montana

November 1944

November 3 – Snow closed Yellowstone Park. Two children died in a fire at the old hotel in Turner.

November 4 – Wellington Rankin was interviewed about his campaign for Congress during a radio speech on KFBB.

November 5 – Three children died and one was seriously burned in a Kalispell fire.

November 13 – A snowstorm blanketed the state. An armed robber stole $150 from a jewelry store in Billings.

November 14 – A transport plane from Great Falls crashed at Casper, Wyoming, killing 11. Fifty cases of smallpox were reported in Hamilton.

November 16 – Two elderly Butte women were struck by a car and killed.

November 20 – The Sixth war bond campaign opened.

Nov. 21 1944 – The high school gym in Lambert, built by the WPA in 1940, was destroyed by fire.

November 23 – A 7th Ferrying Group pilot died in a Thanksgiving Day crash near Miles City. Two planes collided over East Base, seriously injuring both pilots. One was WASP Hazel Ying Lee, who later died of her burns.

November 29 – Home defense troops in British Columbia and Quebec were rumored to be mutinying over a government plan to draft them. Two freight trains collided at Roundup.

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October 1944 in Montana

October 1944

October 2 – A Polish uprising against the Nazis in Warsaw ended after 68 days, leaving 200,000 civilians dead and much of the city ruined. A staff sergeant of the 7th Ferrying Group was stabbed to death near Fort Benton, suicide suspected.

October 9 – Six were charged in the murder of Billings resident Frederick Kembel.

October 11 – Two German POWs escaped from a farm near Hathaway.

October 20 – Senator and vice-presidential candidate Harry Truman spoke in Butte. U.S. troops landed on the Philippine island of Leyte.

October 23 – Two German POWs escaped from the Sidney camp. One was believed to be wearing women’s clothing after performing in a play.

October 26 – The Montana Education Association met in Helena.

October 28 – Prison inmates and Warm Springs patients helped the Forest Service put out a 90-acre fire near the Deer Lodge racetrack.

October 29 – Pheasant season opened.

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June 1944 in Montana

June 1944 in Montana

June 4 – The mayor of Great Falls and several local people

were interviewed for a KFBB radio program broadcast in


June 5 – The Allies captured Rome. High school air cadet

trainees arrived at Montana State College for two quarters

of training. An oil truck loading facility in Laurel was

destroyed by fire $30,000 damage.

June 6 – The Allies invaded the Normandy beaches.

June 7 – The 163rd Infantry Regiment captured Mokmer

airfield on Biak.

June 9 – Paris Fligman’s department store in Great Falls was

sold to a subsidiary of Allied Stores for $1.75 million.

June 12 – The Fifth War Bond Drive started.

June 17 – Billings held the annual “Go Western” parade.

June 20 – A five-year-old Helena boy drowned after riding

his tricycle into Ten Mile Creek.

June 23 – A P-39 pilot was killed in a crash near Pompey’s


June 24 – Five tons of waste paper were destroyed by

arsonists in Great Falls. A compulsory 48–hour work week

was implemented for major industries.

June 25 – The Augusta rodeo began.

June 28 – A truck accident near Boulder destroyed 180

cases of liquor.

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