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This Day in WWII 9 March 1939 - 1945 *1936

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FisherBodyAd-March1943.jpgFisher Body Ad - March 1943

 

1939: Czech President Emil Hacha ousts pro-German Joseph Tiso as the Premier of Slovakia in order to preserve Czech unity.

 

1940: Italian-Anglo agreement on coal, Britain to release Italian collier ships, Italy to import no more German coal.

 

Joan%20Bennett1.jpg **Joan Bennett

 

1941: The Italians launch another offensive against the Greek 1st Army in Albania, but it makes very little progress.

 

1942: The RAF returns to bomb Essen once more, but again are unable to inflict much damage due to the constant industrial haze over the city and the lack of landmarks, which made the city notoriously difficult to find.

 

Joan%20Bennett2.jpg Joan Bennett

 

1942: US General Stilwell becomes Chiang Kai-shek's Chief of Staff.

 

1942: The Government of the Dutch East Indies reaches Adelaide in Australia as all resistance on Java ceases and the island surrenders to the Japanese.

 

Joan%20Bennett3.jpg Joan Bennett

 

1943: U-510 torpedoes eight ships in three hours off the coast of Brazil, in what is the most successful single U-boat action of the war.

 

1943: Von Arnim replaces Field Marshal Rommel as C-in-C of the Axis forces in Tunisia and Rommel is ordered by Hitler to leave Africa, never to return.

 

BFGoodrichAd-March1944.jpg B.F. Goodrich Ad - March 1944

 

1945: German light naval vessels from the still German-occupied British Channel Islands enter the allied supply port of Granville in Bretagne, sinking five ships.

 

1945: The U.S. First Army widens the Remagen bridgehead. The US Third Army captures Andernach on the Rhine.

 

Joan%20Bennett4.jpg Joan Bennett

 

1945: In an attempt to break the Japanese morale and wear away resistance to surrender, the USAAF begins the firebombing of Japans major city's with a raid by 334 B-29 Superfortress bombers on Tokyo, saturating the city's crowded downtown residential district. 16 and a half acres of Tokyo are burnt out and 100,000 people killed in a single night. The attacks by the USAAF continue against Tokyo for 10 days, before switching to Nagoya, Osaka and Kobe.

 

*1936: The German press warns that all Jews who vote in the upcoming elections will be arrested.

 

Joan%20Bennett5.jpg Joan Bennett

**Joan Geraldine Bennett was born on February 27, 1910, in Palisades, New Jersey. Her parents were both successful stage actors, especially her father, Richard Bennett, and often toured the country for weeks at a time. In fact, Joan came from a long line of actors, dating back to the 18th century. Often, when her parents were on tour, Joan and her two older sisters, Constance Bennett, who later became an actress, and Barbara were left in the care of close friends. At the age of four, Joan made her first stage appearance.

 

She debuted in films a year later in "The Valley of Decision" (1916), in which her father was the star and the entire Bennett clan participated. In 1923 she again appeared in a film which starred her father, playing a pageboy in "The Eternal City" (1923). It would be five more years before Joan appeared again on the screen. In between, she married Jack Marion Fox, who was 26 compared to her young age of 16. The union was anything but happy, in great part because of Fox's heavy drinking. In February of 1928 Joan and Jack had a baby girl they named Adrienne. The new arrival did little to help the marriage, though, and in the summer of 1928 they divorced. Now with a baby to support, Joan did something she had no intention of doing--she turned to acting. She appeared in "Power" (1928) with Alan Hale and Carole Lombard, a small role but a start. The next year she starred in "Bulldog Drummond" (1929), sharing top billing with Ronald Colman. Before the year was out she was in three more films--"Disraeli" (1929), "The Mississippi Gambler" (1929) and "Three Live Ghosts" (1929). Not only did audiences like her, but so did the critics. Between 1930 and 1931, Joan appeared in nine more movies. In 1932 she starred opposite Spencer Tracy in "She Wanted a Millionaire" (1932), but it wasn't one she liked to remember, partly because Tracy couldn't stand the fact that everyone was paying more attention to her than to him. Joan was to remain busy and popular throughout the rest of the 1930s and into the 1940s.

Joan%20Bennett6.jpg Joan Bennett

By the 1950s Joan was well into her 40s and began to lessen her film appearances. She made only eight pictures, in addition to appearing in two television series. After "Desire in the Dust" (1960), Joan would be absent from the movie scene for the next ten years, resurfacing in "House of Dark Shadows" (1970), reprising her role from the "Dark Shadows" (1966) TV series as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. Joan's final screen appearance was in the Italian thriller "Suspiria" (1977). Her final public performance was in the TV movie "Divorce Wars: A Love Story" (1982) (TV).

On December 7, 1990, Joan died of a heart attack in Scarsdale, New York. She was 80 years old.

TRIVIA:

Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Nickname: Joanie

Spouse:

David Wilde (14 February 1978 - 7 December 1990) (her death)

Walter Wanger (12 January 1940 - 20 September 1965) (divorced) 2 children

Gene Markey (12 March 1932 - 3 June 1937) (divorced)

John Marion Fox (15 September 1926 - 30 July 1928) (divorced) 1 child

She was one of only three cast members who appeared on "Dark Shadows" (1966) from the beginning to the end. She appeared on the first episode, June 27, 1966, as well as its last, April 2, 1971.

 

BituminousCoalAd-March1945.jpg Bituminous Coal Ad - March 1945

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