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  1. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 24F under clear skies with 3 MPH SSE winds. Another quiet day across Eastern Iowa and it will be fairly mild. Temperatures will be in the upper 40s, low 50s this afternoon with partly cloudy skies. Forecast high today of 50F.
  2. GMC Truck Ad - December 1942 1939: Heavy fighting in Karelia, Finland. 1939: Two Polish submarines escape from the Baltic Sea to join Royal Navy. *Honor Blackman 1940: McGovern's ILP peace amendment is rejected by House of Commons, 341 votes to 4. 1940: The German draft plan for the Invasion of Russia Operation 'Otto' is presented to Hitler. Honor Blackman 1941: Britain declares war on Finland, Hungary and Romania. 1941: With the main forces of Army Group Centre just 19 miles from Moscow, Hitler abandons the offensive for winter and agrees to some local withdrawals to more defensive terrain. Zhukov launches a counter-offensive across the frozen upper Volga in the area of Kalinin, to the northwest of Moscow. He uses Konev's Kalinin Front for the purpose, but despite the severe cold and exhaustion of the German troops, his forces meet severe resistance, with only the 31st Army enjoying any success as it pushed towards Turginovo. Hungary declares war on Britain. Romania declares war on Britain. Ronson Lighter Ad - December 1943 1941: In order to mount a final attack on the British forces around Bir El Gobi, Rommel orders the evacuation of the eastern part of the Tobruk perimeter, but the attack fails. 1941: Japanese fleet is officially reported moving south. 1941: The U.S. aircraft carrier Lexington leaves port at Pearl Harbor to deliver planes to Midway Island. It will be absent from Hawaii when the Japanese attack."Enterprise" near Wake; "Saratoga" at San Diego. Also leaving: heavy cruisers Minneapolis and Indianapolis. Carriers in Atlantic: Ranger, Yorktown, Wasp, new Hornet. Honor Blackman 1943: The first Japanese daylight raid on Calcutta is mounted with many reported killed. 1944: The U.S. Third Army advances into Germany along a 30-mile front. 1944: The British Eighth Army takes Ravenna in and cuts the rail link to Bologna. Honor Blackman 1944: Malinovsky attacks with two armies from North East of Budapest and makes a 60-mile advance in eight days. 1945: FIVE TBM Avenger bombers disappear approximately 100 miles off the coast of Florida. Honor Blackman *Honor Blackman was born was born either 22 August 1926 or 12 December 1927, depending on your source, in Plaistow, Newham, London. Her father Fred was a statistician. Blackman was educated at Ealing Girls' School in west London and trained as an actress at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, after persuading her father that an appropriate birthday gift would be acting lessons. While attending the Guildhall School she also worked as a clerical assistant for the Home Office. Honor received her first acting work in London's West End as an understudy in the play "The Guinea Pig" and continued on with roles in "The Gleam" in 1946 and "The Blind Goddess" the following year. Films soon became a reality with her debut in "Fame Is the Spur" (1947) starring Michael Redgrave. In this picture, she dies in a horse-riding accident. It was the beginning of a strange pattern for Honor in which many of her movie damsels would meet untimely deaths. Signed up with the Rank Organization, she joined several other starlet hopefuls who were being groomed for better things. She was initially cast as demure, pleasant young things or "English Rose" types and received dependable but unmemorable co-star billing in such films as "Daughter of Darkness" (1948), "Quartet" (1948), "A Boy, a Girl and a Bike" (1949), "So Long at the Fair" (1950) and "Green Grow the Rushes" (1951), the last starring a young Richard Burton. Hollywood also took notice (briefly) when she was cast as the second lead femme in MGM's "Conspirator" (1949) starring Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Taylor. Following the stress and struggles of advancing her budding career while dealing with a divorce from first husband, Bill Sankey, Honor suffered a nervous collapse in the mid 1950s and was committed for a brief time to a hospital. After regaining her health, she began to rebuild her career with rather obligatory "B" level fare at first. This culminated in a co-starring role in one of the more famous re-tellings of the tragic Titanic tale, "A Night to Remember" (1958) which co-starred Kenneth More and David McCallum. Developing a solid footing again, she filmed "The Square Peg" (1959) with comedian Norman Wisdom and "A Matter of WHO" (1961) with Terry-Thomas. TV series work came her way as well, none more suitable than her role as the leather-clad Mrs. Cathy Gale in the highly popular "The Avengers" (1961) co-starring Patrick Macnee as John Steed. Her incredulous beauty, self-confidence and athletic derring-do not only made her a catch for the men, but helped to inspire the 60s feminist movement. Honor left the show at its peak, however, and was replaced by the equally assertive and popular Diana Rigg as Mrs. Emma Peel. Honor Blckman Not out of work long, Honor continued with the role of the goddess Hera in the popular Greek odyssey movie adventure "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), complete with marvelous Ray Harryhausen special effects, and the melodrama "Life at the Top" (1965) with Laurence Harvey. She then filmed the most popular role of her career. As the daunting Pussy Galore in the classic James Bond movie "Goldfinger" (1964), she went toe-to-toe with Sean Connery's womanizing "007" and created major sparks on screen, managing to outclass the (wink-wink) double-meaning of her character's name. This resurgence of popularity should have led to better films but didn't, toiling for the most part in low-level melodrama and routine adventures. She earned raves on stage, however, as the blind heroine in the thriller "Wait Until Dark" and for her dual roles in "Mr and Mrs," based on two of Noel Coward's plays. She also enjoyed working occasionally with her second husband, actor Maurice Kaufmann, in the play "Move Over, Mrs. Markham" and the film horror thriller "Fright" (1971) with Susan George. On stage she became a throaty-voiced sensation in such musicals as "A Little Night Music," "The Sound of Music," "On Your Toes" and "Nunsense." Divorced from Kaufmann in 1975, she never remarried (he died in 1997). The couple adopted two children in the late 1960s, Lottie and Barnaby. Blackman appeared in the Doctor Who audio drama The Children of Seth, in which she plays the role of Anahita, released in December 2011. TRIVIA: Measurements: 37C-23-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Spouse: Maurice Kaufmann (December 1961 - 1975) (divorced) 2 children Bill Sankey (1946 - 1954) (divorced) At 38 she was the oldest Bond girl. Vinco Corporation Ad - December 1943
  3. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 31F under clear skies with a 22F wind chill and 89% humidity. Sunny today. Winds out of the WNW at 10-20 MPH. High of 47F.
  4. Consolidated Aircraft Ad - December 1942 1939: The German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee sinks the liner Doric Star off the western coast of South Africa. *Sophia Loren 1940: Greeks capture Premeti, Pogradec and Albanian port of Sarande. 1941: Operation Taifun (Typhoon), which was launched by the German armies on October 2, 1941, as a prelude to taking Moscow, is halted because of freezing temperatures and lack of serviceable aircraft. Sophia Loren 1941: Temperature falls to -31°F (-37°C) on Russian Front. 1941: The Japanese Embassy in Washington begins to leave, destroying code books and personal files in the process. The Cup and Container Industry Ad - December 1942 1942: Two women who won a free plane ride for their work on Canada's Victory Loan program are killed when the bomber they are flying in goes down at Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1942: The U.S. 5th Air Force launches its first raid against the Italian port of Naples. 1942: German forces in Tunisia capture Tebourba. Sophia Loren 1943: The second Cairo conference opens with Churchill, Roosevelt and the Turkish President Inonu. 1943: Bolivia declares war on all the Axis powers. Budweiser Ad - December 1943 1943: Units of the German 11th Armee begin an offensive to eliminate the Soviet bridgehead at Kerch in the eastern Crimea. Sophia Loren 1943: Tito's Partisans set up a provisional government in the liberated part of Yugoslavia. 1944: Athens is now under martial law. Packard Ad - December 1943 1945: The U.S. Senate votes to allow the USA to join the UN and to permit the UN to use American forces to preserve peace and security. Sophia Loren *Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Villani Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father Riccardo was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother Romilda, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone). Growing up in the slums of Pozzuoli during the second World War without any support from her father, she experienced much sadness in her childhood. Her life took an unexpected turn for the best when, at age 14, she entered into a beauty contest where she placed as one of the finalists. It was there that Sophia caught the attention of film producer Carlo Ponti, some 22 years her senior, whom she eventually married. Perhaps he was the only father figure she ever had. Under his guidance, Sophia immediately enrolled in acting classes and was soon playing bit parts in several films per year. Prior to using her current stage name, she was credited as "Sofia Lazzaro" because people joked her beauty could raise Lazzarus from the dead. After starring in a string Italian features such as "La favorita" (1952) and "Aida" (1953), she embarked on a successful acting career in the United States, starting with her debut in "The Pride and the Passion" (1957) with Cary Grant. They were paired together a second time in the family-friendly romantic comedy "Houseboat" (1958), before Sophia returned to Europe to star in "Two Women" (1960). The film was a period piece about a woman living in war-torn Italy who is raped while trying to protect her young daughter. Originally cast in the role of the daughter, Sophia fought against type and was re-cast as the mother, proving herself as a genuine actress and displaying her lack of vanity. This performance received international acclaim and was honored with an Academy Award for Best Actress. Sophia Loren In the sixties and seventies, Sophia was a bona fide international movie star, and she continued to make films in both the U.S. and Europe, starring opposite leading men such as Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Gregory Peck, and Charlton Heston. Her notable American films included the classic epics "El Cid" (1961) and "The Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964), the spy adventure "Arabesque" (1966), the musical "Man of La Mancha" (1972), and the disaster film "The Cassandra Crossing" (1976). She gained a wider respect with her Italian movies like "Marriage Italian-Style" (1964)) and "A Special Day" (1977). During these years she received a second Oscar nomination and won five Golden Globe Awards. From the eighties onward, Sophia's appearances on the big screen came few and far between. She preferred to spend most of her time with her husband, and raising sons Carlo Ponti Jr. and Edoardo Ponti. After starring in a biopic based off her autobiography titled "Sophia Loren: Her Own Story" (1980) (TV), she ventured into other areas of business and became the first actress to launch her own fragrance and design of eye wear. In 1982 she voluntarily spent nineteen days in jail for tax evasion. Sophia Loren In 1991 Sophia received an Honorary Academy Award for her body of work, and was declared "one of world cinema's greatest treasures." Later that year, Sophia also experienced a great loss when her mother died of cancer. Her return to the mainstream in "Prêt-à-Porter" (1994) ("Ready to Wear") was well-received, although the film as a whole was not. She followed this up with her biggest U.S. box-office hit in years, the comedy "Grumpier Old Men" (1995) in which she played a sexy divorcée who seduces Walter Matthau. After this she took another break from acting, occasionally appearing in small productions abroad such as "Between Strangers" (2002) and "Lives of the Saints" (2004) (TV). Still beautiful at 72, she posed scantily-clad for the 2007 Pirelli Calendar. Sadly, that same year she lost her husband of 50 years, Carlo Ponti, who was said to have wooed her all those decades by giving her a single rose every day of their marriage. After far too much time away from film, she re-emerged in the musical "Nine" (2009) opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Penélope Cruz. TRIVIA: Measurements: 38C-24-38 (self-described - 1955, and from Edith Head- 1957), 36D-24-37 3/4 (at age 50 - 1985) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 8 1/2" (1.74 m) Spouse: Carlo Ponti (9 April 1966 - 10 January 2007) (his death) 2 children Carlo Ponti (17 September 1957 - 1962) (annulled) She had her marriage annulled to save Carlo Ponti from bigamy charges in Italy. Carlo Ponti obtained a Mexican divorce from his first wife and married Sophia by proxy, while she was in Hollywood, filming Houseboat (1958) - and dating co-star Cary Grant (17 September 1957). As a child, she also had the nickname, "Toothpick". She may have been the voluptuous sex goddess as an adult, but until the age of 14, she was a skinny child and considered an ugly duckling, nicknamed 'The Stick'. She didn't get along with Marlon Brando during the shooting of A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), especially after the day they were doing a love scene and he commented, "Did you know you have hairs up your nostrils?" Camel Cigarettes Ad - December 1944
  5. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 28F under clear skies with 18F wind chill. Clear skies today and near normal temps. Winds out of the W at 5-15 MPH. High of 43F.
  6. Texaco Ad - December 1942 1939: The RAF scores a number of direct hits on German warships at the Heligoland Bight naval base. 1939: Finnish troops withdraw in good order towards the Mannerheim line defensive position. *Grace Kelly 1942: Several German divisions ordered to be transferred from Western Europe begin arriving in the area of Army Group Don southwest of Stalingrad in preparation of 'Operation Winter Tempest', the relief of the encircled 6th Army. 1943: The RAF conduct a heavy attack against Leipzig killing 1,500 and making 40,000 homeless. Grace Kelly 1944: Britain's Home Guard, the civilian force assigned to the defense of Britain in the event of German invasion, is stood down after five years. King George VI declares the "You have fulfilled your charge". 1944: Armored units of the US 3rd Army succeed in penetrating the fortified German lines of the Westwall near Saarlautern. Grace Kelly *On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace struck out on her own, heading to New York's bright lights to try her luck there. Grace worked some as a model and made her debut on Broadway in 1949. She also made a brief foray into the infant medium of television. Not content with the work in New York, Grace moved to Southern California for the more prestigious part of acting -- motion pictures. In 1951, she appeared in her first film entitled "Fourteen Hours" (1951) when she was 22. It was a small part, but a start nonetheless. The following year she landed the role of Amy Kane in "High Noon" (1952), a western starring Gary Cooper and Lloyd Bridges which turned out to be very popular. In 1953, Grace appeared in only one film, but it was another popular one. The film was "Mogambo" (1953) where Grace played Linda Nordley. The film was a jungle drama in which fellow cast members, Clark Gable and Ava Gardner turned in masterful performances. It was also one of the best films ever released by MGM. Kelly began filming scenes for her next film, "The Bridges at Toko-Ri", in January 1954 with William Holden. The role of Nancy, the cordially wretched wife of naval officer Harry (played by Holden), proved to be a minor but pivotal part of the story. Released in January 1955, The New Yorker wrote of Kelly and Holden's unbridled on-screen chemistry, taking note of Kelly's performance of the part "with quiet confidence." Although she got noticed with "High Noon", her work with director Alfred Hitchcock, which began with "Dial M for Murder" (1954) made her a star. Her standout performance in "Rear Window" (1954) brought her to prominence. As Lisa Fremont, she was cast opposite James Stewart, who played a crippled photographer who witnesses a murder in the next apartment from his wheelchair. Grace stayed busy in 1954 appearing in five films. Grace would forever be immortalized by winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Georgie Elgin opposite Bing Crosby in "The Country Girl" (1954). In 1955, Grace once again teamed with Hitchcock in "To Catch a Thief" (1955) co-starring Cary Grant. In 1956, she played Tracy Lord in the musical comedy "High Society" (1956) which also starred Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby. The whimsical tale ended with her re-marrying her former husband, played by Crosby. The film was well received. It also turned out to be her final acting performance. Grace had recently met and married Prince Rainier of Monaco. By becoming a princess, she gave up her career. For the rest of her life, she was to remain in the news with her marriage and her three children. On September 14, 1982, Grace was killed in an automobile accident in her adoptive home country. She was just 52 years old. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24-35 (1955 pin-up), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Nickname: Graciebird, Gracie Chrysler Ad - December 1943
  7. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 25F under clear skies with 13F wind chill. Had rain and a wee dusting of snow last night. Mostly sunny today. Winds out of the NW at 5-15 MPH. High of 35F. Supposedly the last really cold day as a warm up is coming tomorrow with highs back into the 40's.
  8. B.F. Goodrich Ad - December 1943 1939: Russian troops capture Petsamo in the extreme north of the Finland. 1939: The German liner Watussi is scuttled after her interception by South African Defence Force bombers. **Raquel Welch 1941: Churchill introduces a new National Service Bill, including compulsory service for women. 1941: Germans patrols are just five miles from the Kremlin. 1941: Soviet troops evacuate the last territory in Karelia, taken from Finland in the 1939-1940 war. Raquel Welch 1941: Hitler issues Directive No.38 which tasks Kesselring as C-in-C South, with gaining air superiority and naval supremacy over the area between southern Italy and Libya in order to deny British supplies to Malta and Libya. To assist with this, he was reinforced by Fleiger Korps II, which was transferred from Russia. This, together with the existing air units of Fleigerkorps X were to form Luftflotte 2 and give the axis a significant numerical superiority over the RAF. 1941: The Battleship Prince of Wales and the Battle Cruiser Repulse arrive in Singapore. Excide Battery Ad - December 1942 1942: At the University of Chicago the first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction is realized by Professor Fermi and a team of scientists working under the name of the "Manhattan Engineering District." 1942: The Allies repel a strong Axis attack in Tunisia, North Africa. Raquel Welch 1943: Allied bombers resume the 'Battle of Berlin' dropping 1,500 tons, but losing 41 aircraft. 1943: A Luftwaffe raid against the Allied naval base at Bari in Italy, hits an ammunition ship which explodes, sinking 17 other ships. Raquel Welch 1943: Ernie Bevin announces the conscription to mines as coal output continues to flag in Britain. 1943: Hitler orders the conscription of German Youth for active service. Burma Shave Ad - December 1943 1943: German forces in Yugoslavia begin a major operation against Tito's partisan's. 1943: The first transport of Jews from Vienna arrives at Auschwitz. Raquel Welch 1944: General George S. Patton's troops enter the Saar Valley. 1944: The British 11th East African Division takes Kalewa and advance to the Chindwin from India. Raquel Welch 1945: 59 Japanese are arrested on suspicion of war crimes. *1946: The United States and Great Britain merge their German occupation zones. Raquel Welch **A new reigning 60s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, "One Million Years B.C." (1966), if nothing else, captured the hearts and libidos of modern men (not to mention their teenage sons) while producing THE most definitive and best-selling pin-up poster of that time. After a major dry spell following the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, the auburn-maned Ms. Welch effortlessly assumed Marilyn's place and forever wiped away the notion that enduring sex goddesses came only in one form -- bottled blonds. She was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, the first of three children born to Bolivian Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, an aerospace engineer, and his Irish-American wife Josephine Sarah Hall, who was the daughter of American architect Emery Stanford Hall (1869-1939) and his wife Clara Louise Adams. The family moved to San Diego, California (her father was transferred) when Raquel was only two. Taking dance lessons as a youngster, she grew up to be quite a knockout and nailed a number of teen beauty titles ("Miss Photogenic," "Miss La Jolla," "Miss Contour," "Miss Fairest of the Fair" and "Miss San Diego"). With her sights set on theater arts, she studied at San Diego State College on a scholarship starting in 1958 and married her first husband, high school sweetheart James Welch, the following year. They had two children Damon Welch (born 1960) and Tahnee Welch (born 1961). Tahnee went on to take advantage of her own stunning looks as an actress, most notably a prime featured role in "Cocoon" (1985). Off campus Raquel became a local TV weather girl in San Diego and eventually quit college. Following the end of her marriage in 1961 (she and Welch didn't divorced until 1965), she packed up her two children and moved to Dallas, Texas, where she modeled for Neiman-Marcus and worked as a barmaid for a time. Regrouping, she returned to California, migrated to Los Angeles, and made the rounds of film/TV auditions. Providing minor but sexy set decoration on the small screen ("Bewitched" (1964), "McHale's Navy" (1962) and "The Virginian" (1962)) as well as the large (Elvis Presley's "Roustabout" (1964) and Doris Day's "Do Not Disturb" (1965)). Caught in the midst of the "beach party" craze, it's not surprising to find out that her first prime film role was "A Swingin' Summer" (1965), which concentrated more on musical guests The Righteous Brothers and Gary Lewis & The Playboys than on Raquel's outstanding contributions. But 20th Century Fox certainly took notice and signed her up. Raquel Welch With her very first film under contract (actually, she was on loan out to Britain's Hammer Studios at the time), she took on the remake of "One Million B.C." (1940) in the Carole Landis role and the rest is history. Raquel remained an international celebrity in her first few years of stardom. In England, she was quite revealing as the deadly sin representing "lust" for the comedy team of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in their vehicle "Bedazzled" (1967), and as the title secret agent in the sexy spy spoof "Fathom" (1967). In Italy, she gained some exposure in primarily mediocre vehicles opposite such heartthrobs as Marcello Mastroianni. Back in the U.S., however, she caused quite a stir in her ground-breaking sex scenes with black athlete Jim Brown in the "spaghetti western" "100 Rifles" (1969), and as the transgendered title role in the unfathomable "Myra Breckinridge" (1970). Adapted from Gore Vidal novel, she created some unwelcome notoriety by locking horns with aging diva Mae West on the set. The instant cult movie was a laughingstock to all concerned and certainly didn't help Raquel's attempt at being taking seriously as an actress. Box office bombs abounded. Try as she might in such films as "Kansas City Bomber" (1972) and "The Wild Party" (1975), which drew some good reviews for her, her sexy typecast gave her little room to breathe. With determination, however, she partly offset this with modest supporting roles in larger ensemble pieces. She showed definite spark and won a Golden Globe for the swashbuckler "The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Diamonds" (1973), and appeared to good advantage in the mystery thriller "The Last of Sheila" (1973). She planned on making a comeback in "Cannery Row" (1982), even agreeing to appear topless (which she had never done before), but was suddenly fired during production without notice. She sued MGM for breach of contract and ultimately won a $15 million settlement, but it didn't help her film career and only helped to label her as trouble on a set. TV movies became a positive milieu for Raquel as she developed sound vehicles for herself such as "The Legend of Walks Far Woman" (1982) (TV) and "Right to Die" (1987) (TV). She also found a lucrative avenue pitching beauty products in infomercials and developing exercise videos à la Jane Fonda. Raquel took advantage of her modest singing and dancing abilities by performing in splashy Las Vegas showrooms and starring in such plausible stage vehicles as "Woman of the Year" and "Victor/Victoria." Still a dazzler broaching age 70, Raquel continues to show up here and there and still can turn heads. She has even spoofed her own diva image on occasion, most memorably on "Seinfeld". More recently she has co-starred in the Hispanic-oriented TV series "American Family" (2002) and in the short-lived comedy "Welcome to the Captain" (2008), and appeared in the movies "Tortilla Soup" (2001), "Legally Blonde" (2001) and "Forget About It" (2006). She is separated from her fourth husband Richard Palmer, who is 15 years her junior. TRIVIA: Measurements: 37C-22 1/2-35 1/2 (measured in 1967), 37-23 1/2-35 1/2 (from 1980 fitting), 37D-26-36 (@ age 43 in 1985), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m) Spouse: Richard Palmer (17 July 1999 - present) (separated) André Weinfeld (5 July 1980 - 1990) (divorced) Patrick Curtis (14 February 1967 - September 1972) (divorced) James Westley Welch (8 May 1959 - 1964) (divorced) 2 children Auditioned for the role of Mary Ann in "Gilligan's Island" (1964). Allis-Chalmers Ad - December 1943
  9. Can't be. He's probably down in the hold, curled up in a ball, crying and shaking.
  10. 1970 Chevy Chevelle December 1964 - 10,000 NVA soldiers arrive in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam via the Ho Chi Minh trail, carrying sophisticated weapons provided by China and the Soviet Union. They shore up Viet Cong battalions with the weapons and also provide experienced soldiers as leaders. December 1, 1964 - At the White House, President Johnson's top aides, including Secretary of State Dean Rusk, National Security Advisor McGeorge Bundy, and Defense Secretary McNamara, recommend a policy of gradual escalation of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. December 20, 1964 - Another military coup occurs in Saigon by the South Vietnamese army. This time Gen. Khanh and young officers, led by Nguyen Cao Ky and Nguyen Van Thieu, oust older generals including Gen. Minh from the government and seize control. December 21, 1964 - An angry Ambassador Taylor summons the young officers to the U.S. embassy then scolds them like schoolboys over the continuing instability and endless intrigues plaguing South Vietnam's government. Americans, he had already warned them, are "tired of coups." Taylor's behavior greatly offends the young officers. Gen. Khanh retaliates by lashing out in the press against Taylor and the U.S., stating that America is reverting to "colonialism" in its treatment of South Vietnam. December 24, 1964 - Viet Cong terrorists set off a car bomb explosion at the Brinks Hotel, an American officers' residence in downtown Saigon. The bomb is timed to detonate at 5:45 p.m., during 'happy hour' in the bar. Two Americans are killed and 58 wounded. President Johnson dismisses all recommendations for a retaliatory air strike against North Vietnam. By year's end, the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam is 23,000. There are now an estimated 170,000 Viet Cong/NVA fighters in the 'People's Revolutionary Army' which has begun waging coordinated battalion-sized attacks against South Vietnamese troops in villages around Saigon. June Wilkinson December 4, 1965 - In Saigon, Viet Cong terrorists bomb a hotel used by U.S. military personnel, killing eight and wounding 137. December 7, 1965 - Defense Secretary McNamara tells President Johnson that the North Vietnamese apparently "believe that the war will be a long one, that time is their ally, and that their staying power is superior to ours." December 9, 1965 - The New York Times reveals the U.S. is unable to stop the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into the South despite extensive bombing. December 18-20, 1965 - President Johnson and top aides meet to decide the future course of action. December 25, 1965 - The second pause in the bombing of North Vietnam occurs. This will last for 37 days while the U.S. attempts to pressure North Vietnam into a negotiated peace. However, the North Vietnamese denounce the bombing halt as a "trick" and continue Viet Cong terrorist activities in the South. By year's end U.S. troop levels in Vietnam reached 184,300. An estimated 90,000 South Vietnamese soldiers deserted in 1965, while an estimated 35,000 soldiers from North Vietnam infiltrated the South via the Ho Chi Minh trail. Up to 50 percent of the countryside in South Vietnam is now under some degree of Viet Cong control. June Wilkinson December 8-9, 1966 - North Vietnam rejects a proposal by President Johnson for discussions concerning treatment of POWs and a possible exchange. December 13-14, 1966 - The village of Caudat near Hanoi is leveled by U.S. bombers resulting in harsh criticism from the international community. December 26, 1966 - Facing increased scrutiny from journalists over mounting civilian causalities in North Vietnam, the U.S. Defense Department now admits civilians may have been bombed accidentally. December 27, 1966 - The U.S. mounts a large-scale air assault against suspected Viet Cong positions in the Mekong Delta using Napalm and hundreds of tons of bombs. By year's end, U.S. troop levels reach 389,000 with 5008 combat deaths and 30,093 wounded. Over half of the American causalities are caused by snipers and small-arms fire during Viet Cong ambushes, along with handmade booby traps and mines planted everywhere in the countryside by Viet Cong. American Allies fighting in Vietnam include 45,000 soldiers from South Korea and 7000 Australians. An estimated 89,000 soldiers from North Vietnam infiltrated the South via the Ho Chi Minh trail in 1966. June Wilkinson December 4, 1967 - Four days of anti-war protests begin in New York. Among the 585 protesters arrested is renowned 'baby doctor' Dr. Benjamin Spock. December 6, 1967 - The U.S. reports Viet Cong murdered 252 civilians in the hamlet of Dak Son. December 23, 1967 - Upon arrival at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam, President Johnson declares "...all the challenges have been met. The enemy is not beaten, but he knows that he has met his master in the field." This is the President's second and final trip to Vietnam during his presidency. By year's end, U.S. troop levels reach 463,000 with 16,000 combat deaths to date. By this time, over a million American soldiers have rotated through Vietnam, with length of service for draftees being one year, and most Americans serving in support units. An estimated 90,000 soldiers from North Vietnam infiltrated into the South via the Ho Chi Minh trail in 1967. Overall Viet Cong/NVA troop strength throughout South Vietnam is now estimated up to 300,000 men. AC-47 Gunship - Puff The Magic Dragon December 1, 1969 - The first draft lottery since World War II is held in New York City. Each day of the year is randomly assigned a number from 1-365. Those with birthdays on days that wind up with a low number will likely be drafted. December 15, 1969 - President Nixon orders an additional 50,000 soldiers out of Vietnam. December 20, 1969 - A frustrated Henry Cabot Lodge quits his post as chief U.S. negotiator at the Paris peace talks. By year's end, America's fighting strength in Vietnam has been reduced by 115,000 men. 40,024 Americans have now been killed in Vietnam. Over the next few years, the South Vietnamese Army will be boosted to over 500,000 men in accordance with 'Vietnamization' of the war in which they will take over the fighting from Americans. June Wilkinson December 10, 1970 - President Nixon warns Hanoi that more bombing raids may occur if North Vietnamese attacks continue against the South. December 22, 1970 - The Cooper-Church amendment to the U.S. defense appropriations bill forbids the use of any U.S. ground forces in Laos or Cambodia. American troop levels drop to 280,000 by year's end. During the year, an estimated 60,000 soldiers experimented with drugs, according to the U.S. command. There were also over 200 incidents of "fragging" in which unpopular officers were attacked with fragmentation grenades by men under their command. In addition, many units are now plagued by racial unrest, reflecting the disharmony back home. June Wilkinson December 17, 1971 - U.S. troop levels drop to 156,800. December 26-30 - The U.S. heavily bombs military installations in North Vietnam citing violations of the agreements surrounding the 1968 bombing halt. June Wilkinson December 13, 1972 - In Paris, peace negotiations between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho collapse after Kissinger presents a list of 69 changes demanded by President Thieu. President Nixon now issues an ultimatum to North Vietnam that serious negotiations must resume within 72 hours. Hanoi does not respond. As a result, Nixon orders Operation Linebacker II, eleven days and nights of maximum force bombing against military targets in Hanoi by B-52 bombers. December 18, 1972 - Operation Linebacker II begins. The so called 'Christmas bombings' are widely denounced by American politicians, the media, and various world leaders including the Pope. North Vietnamese filmed footage of civilian casualties further fuels the outrage. In addition, a few downed B-52 pilots make public statements in North Vietnam against the bombing. December 26, 1972 - North Vietnam agrees to resume peace negotiations within five days of the end of bombing. December 29, 1972 - Operation Linebacker II ends what had been the most intensive bombing campaign of the entire war with over 100,000 bombs dropped on Hanoi and Haiphong. Fifteen of the 121 B-52s participating were shot down by the North Vietnamese who fired 1200 SAMs. There were 1318 civilian deaths from the bombing, according to Hanoi. Mark II PBR Patrol Boat December 3, 1973 - Viet Cong destroy 18 million gallons of fuel stored near Saigon. Soldier Reading Stars and Stripes December 13, 1974 - North Vietnam violates the Paris peace treaty and tests President Ford's resolve by attacking Phuoc Long Province in South Vietnam. President Ford responds with diplomatic protests but no military force in compliance with the Congressional ban on all U.S. military activity in Southeast Asia. December 18, 1974 - North Vietnam's leaders meet in Hanoi to form a plan for final victory. '70 Plymouth Road Runner/GTX
  11. Canadian Recruitment Ad - 1950 December 4, 1950: Lieutenant (jg) Thomas J. Hudner crash-lands his F4U Corsair in the mountains of North Korea in an unsuccessful attempt to save the life of Ensign Jesse L. Brown, the first African American naval aviator. President Truman later awards Hudner the Medal of Honor. December 23, 1950: LTG Walton Walker, the Commanding General of the Eighth U.S. Army, is killed in a vehicle accident. December 23, 1950: Eighth Army establishes defensive positions around Seoul. Cleo Moore December 26, 1950: LTG Matthew Ridgway arrives in Korea as 8th Army Commander to replace LTG Walker. December 31, 1950 - January 7, 1951: Third Battle of Seoul results in the loss of the city to communist forces. December 31, 1950 - January 8, 1951: Third Phase CCF Offensive: 500,000 enemy troops push U.N. forces 50 miles south of the 38th Parallel and recapture Seoul. Cleo Moore December 1951: FEC establishes the Combined Command for Reconnaissance Activities, Korea, 8240th AU, to coordinate the partisan and intelligence operations behind enemy lines. December 1951 - February 1952: 40th and 45th Infantry Divisions (California National Guard and Oklahoma National Guard, respectively) replace 24th Infantry and 1st Cavalry Divisions. The latter two divisions return to Japan. Cleo Moore December 25, 1952: T-Bone Hill. The 38th Infantry Regiment (2nd Infantry Division) repels Chinese forces during an intense battle. Australian Sniper - 1951
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  13. Camel Cigarettes Ad - December 1943 1939: The Soviet Union create a puppet Finnish government in Moscow under the leadership of a Finnish communist, Otto Kuusinen, who immediately accedes to the Soviets territorial demands. A Finnish coastal guns at Russarö engage the Russian cruiser Kirov and its screen of destroyers. The Kirov and one destroyer damaged. Ann Miller - YANK Pin-up Girl Jun. 29, 1945 1940: Army Co-operation Command is formed under the command of Air Marshal Sir Arthur Barrett, RAF. 1940: The Italian submarine Argo torpedoes Royal Canadian Navy destroyer Saguenay, killing 21, but not sinking the ship. Saguenay had been escorting an eastbound convoy 300 miles west of Ireland. Betty Anne Cregan - YANK Pin-up Girl Dec. 7, 1945 1941: US-Japanese talks continue, Roosevelt curtails holiday. 1941: Japan's Tojo rejects U.S. proposals for a Pacific settlement as fantastic and unrealistic. Pullman Ad - December 1944 1941: Japan fixes the date of its attack against Pearl Harbor as the 7th December. 1941. Great Britain declares a State of Emergency in Malaya and Hong Kong is put on 'stand by'. Carole Gallagher - YANK Pin-up Girl Feb. 11, 1944 1942: Nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States. 1942: French admiral Jean Darlan declares himself chief of state of all French territories in Africa. Later in the month, he is assassinated by a man who, it is discovered after the war, is a follower of General de Gaulle. 1942: The Australians take Gona in New Guinea. Mildred Cowles - YANK Pin-up Girl (Issue Date Unknown) 1943: The British 10th Corps opens the U.S. Fifth Army's offensive on the Garigliano. 1943: Russian forces isolate the Germans in Crimea and control the northern half of the Dnieper bend. 1943: The Conclusion of the Tehran Conference, with the three Allies in substantial agreement on the division of post-war Germany, the westward movement of the Polish eastern and western frontiers and the summary execution of 50,000 German officers. Eileen Coghlan - YANK Pin-up Girl (Issue Date Unknown) 1944: Princess Elizabeth launches HMS Vanguard, the last and biggest battleship ever built in Britain. 1945: 76 German industrialists who helped Hitler are arrested. Ethyl Corporation Ad - December 1944
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