Because copper was needed for the war effort, U.S. pennies produced this year were made from steel & zinc.
As Anglo-American forces made progress in Germany, Italy's Benito Mussolini was removed by the king. Italy withdrew its declaration of war against the U.S. and declared war on Germany. General Dwight D. Eisenhower was appointed supreme commander of the European invasion forces on Christmas Eve.
Eight Nazi spies and saboteurs were captured attempting to land on the east coast. All were convicted and executed by electric chair.
The "WACS" - the Women's Army Corps - was organized. Other branches of the service formed similar organizations.
Wage earners began having a 20 per-cent flat income tax deducted from their wages on July 1st.
Cigarette companies used World War II to promote their products.
Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore were America's most popular singers.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! - containing the hit Oh! What A Beautiful Morning - opened on Broadway.