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  1. Donster


    Morning all. 68F under clear skies with 100% humidity. Plenty of sunshine this afternoon with a high of 84F.
  2. General Motors Ad - July 1944 1940: Hitler issues Directive No. 15 outlining the details of 'Operation Sea Lion', the German invasion of the British Isles. In advance of the landings, the Luftwaffe is to begin operations against British defensive positions, airfields and radar installations along the southern coast of England on the 15th August 15 with 2.600 aircraft having been earmarked for this purpose. Hitler declines an Italian offer to participate in the invasion of Britain. 1940: Italians attack British garrison at Moyale in Abyssinia. *The Wilde Twins - Aug. 3, 1945 Issue of "Yank, the Army Weekly" 1941: Troops of Army Group North continue their advance from Pskov toward Luga, 75 miles from Leningrad. 1942: President Roosevelt orders the establishment of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), with Colonel Donovan as director. Lyn & Lee Wilde 1942: Hitler switches forces from Army Group B's drive against Stalingrad, to Army Group A in the Donets Basin, as he was convinced that strong Russian forces were still west of the river Don and was determined to trap them in the Rostov area. This move reduced Army Group B to that of flank protection for Army Group A. General Motors Ad - July 1945 1943: Despite the maximum efforts by the German forces to break through the Soviet defenses at Kursk, no further gains can be made, so Hitler orders the suspension of Operation 'Citadel' and orders the transfer of various divisions to the West. The outcome of this battle represents a tremendous victory for the Red Army and ends hopes of any major German offensive operations on the Eastern front in the future. Lyn & Lee Wilde 1943: The British advance into Sicily continues with the capture of Augusta and Ragusa. 1943: The Japanese sink the US destroyer Gwin and severely damage three cruisers for loss of cruiser Jintsu in Kula Gulf. Lyn & Lee Wilde 1944: A Junkers 88, equipped with secret SN-2 radar, lands by mistake on am RAF airfield in Suffolk. 1944: The Russians announce the capture of Vilna and continue their advance into eastern Galicia. 1945: Chifley is elected leader of Labour Party and becomes Prime Minister of Australia. Lyn & Lee Wilde **Lee and Lyn Wilde, sometimes billed as The Wilde Twins were twin sisters, who appeared in films of the early to mid 1940s. Marion Lee and Mary Lyn Wilde were born in in East St. Louis, Illinois, Lee is the older of the two, born shortly before midnight of October 10, 1922, with Lyn born in the early hours of the following morning. The began singing with their siblings in church, and by their teens were singing hymns for their local radio station, as well as performing in Illinois and Kentucky. By 1940 they were band singers, and in 1942 they made their film debuts, as vocalists for the Charlie Barnett Band, performing one song in the Harriet Hilliard film "Juke Box Jenny" (1942). Further live performances led to another featured film appearance in the Judy Garland film "Presenting Lily Mars" in 1942. Joe Pasternak was impressed by them and signed them to a seven year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios. They played small roles in "Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble" (1944), followed by "Twice Blessed" (1945), a film written specifically for them to introduce them to a wider audience. Lyn & Lee Wilde The sisters appeared in nine films together until 1949, and Lyn briefly continued her film career, and appeared in a further six films until 1953. They married brothers, Jim and Tom Cathcart, and focused their attentions on family life, rather than continuing in show business, but they retained a love of music. In 1989 they recorded a reunion album titled "Back to Together Once Again" and continued to perform occasionally into the 1990s. Lee died on September 7, 2015 at the age of 92. Lyn died on September 11, 2016 at the age of 93. Mobiloil Ad - July 1945
  3. Donster


    Morning all. 62F under clear skies with 100% humidity. Sunny and less humid. High of 85F.
  4. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1943 1940: The Luftwaffe carries out raids on Aberdeen in Scotland and Cardiff in Wales. 1941: Britain and Russia sign mutual assistance agreement in Moscow, pledging 'no separate peace'. *Ann Miller 1941: The last Vichy French troops in Syria surrender to British and Free French forces. 1942: Troops of Army Group North complete the reduction of the Volkhov pocket, taking 30,000 Soviet prisoners, including General Vlasov, CO of the Second Guards Army and later to become C-in-C of the anti-Bolshevik Russian Liberation Army. The STAVKA establishes the Stalingrad Front under Marshal Timoshenko, from the remnants of the South-West front. Ann Miller 1943: The greatest tank battle in history' takes place near Prokhorovka, as the Soviet Central, Bryansk and West Fronts begin a massive counter- offensive in the area of Orel, Bryansk and Kursk. At Krasnograd near Moscow, a group of captured German officers, including Field Marshal Paulus and General von Seydlitz, and exiled German communists form the 'National Committee for a Free Germany' that calls for the overthrow of Hitler and the cessation of hostilities against the Soviet Union. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1944 1944: The US VIII Corps slowly gains ground in its offensive towards St. Lo, against fierce resistance by units of the German 7th Army. Ann Miller 1945: Further allied landings are reported on Borneo. The Australians capture Maradi in the west of the island. Ann Miller *Miller was born Johnnie Lucille Ann Collier on April 12, 1923 in Chireno, Texas, the daughter of Clara Emma (née Birdwell) and John Alfred Collier, a criminal lawyer who represented the Barrow Gang, Machine Gun Kelly, and Baby Face Nelson, among others. Miller's maternal grandmother was Cherokee. Miller's father insisted on the name Johnnie because he had wanted a boy, but she was often called Annie. She took up dancing to exercise her legs to help her rickets. She was considered a child dance prodigy. At the age of 13 Miller had been hired as a dancer in the "Black Cat Club" in San Francisco (she had told them she was 18). It was there she was discovered by Lucille Ball and talent scout/comic Benny Rubin. And in 1937, RKO asked her to sign on as a contract player, but only if she could prove she was 18. Though she was really barely 14, she managed to get hold of a fake birth certificate, and so was signed on, playing dancers and ingénues in such films as "Stage Door" (1937), "You Can't Take It with You" (1938), "Room Service" (1938) and "Too Many Girls" (1940). In 1939 she appeared on Broadway in "George White's Scandals" and was a smash, staying on for two years. Eventually RKO released her from her contract, but Columbia Pictures snapped her up to appear in such WW II morale boosters as "True to the Army" (1942) and "Reveille with Beverly" (1943). When she decided to get married, Columbia released her from her contract. The marriage was sadly unhappy and she was divorced in two years. This time MGM picked her up, showcasing her in such films as "Easter Parade" (1948), "On the Town" (1949), and "Kiss Me Kate" (1953). In the mid-'50s she asked to leave to marry again, and her request was granted. This marriage didn't last long, either, nor did a third. Miller invented pantyhose in the 1940s as a solution to the problem of continual torn stockings during the filming of dance production numbers. The common practice had been to sew hosiery to briefs worn by Miller. If torn, the entire garment had to be removed and resewn with a new pair. At Miller's request, hosiery was manufactured for her as a single pantyhose. Miller was famed for her speed in tap dancing. Studio publicists concocted press releases claiming she could tap 500 times per minute, but in truth, the sound of ultra-fast "500" taps was looped in later. Because the stage floors were slick and slippery, she actually danced in shoes with rubber soles. Later she would loop the sound of the taps while watching the film and actually dancing on a "tap board" to match her steps in the film. Ann Miller She was known, especially later in her career, for her distinctive appearance, which reflected a studio-era ideal of glamor: massive black bouffant hair, heavy makeup with a slash of crimson lipstick, and fashions that emphasized her lithe figure and long dancer's legs. Her film career effectively ended in 1956 as the studio system lost steam to television, but she remained active in the theatre and on television. She starred on Broadway in the musical "Mame" in 1969, in which she wowed the audience in a tap number created just for her. In 1979 she astounded audiences in the Broadway show "Sugar Babies" with fellow MGM veteran Mickey Rooney, which toured the United States extensively after its Broadway run. In 1983 she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her work in Chicago theatre. She appeared in a special 1982 episode of "The Love Boat", joined by fellow showbiz legends Ethel Merman, Carol Channing, Della Reese, Van Johnson, and Cab Calloway in a storyline that cast them as older relatives of the show's regular characters. In 2001 she took her last role, playing Coco in auteur director David Lynch's critically acclaimed "Mulholland Drive". Her last stage performance was a 1998 production of "Stephen Sondheim's Follies", in which she played the hardboiled survivor Carlotta Campion and received rave reviews for her rendition of the anthemic "I'm Still Here". Miller also performed a guest appearance on the TV series "Home Improvement" as a dance instructor to Tim and Jill. For her contribution to the motion picture industry, Ann Miller has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6914 Hollywood Blvd. Miller was parodied on Saturday Night Live. She was played by Molly Shannon as a talk show host, with Debbie Reynolds (played by Cheri Oteri), on a show called Legs Up. She died in Los Angeles, California on January 22, 2004 at the age of 80 from cancer, which had metastasized to her lungs, and was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35-22-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Spouse: Arthur Cameron (25 May 1961 - 10 May 1962) (annulled) Bill Moss (22 August 1958 - 11 May 1961) (divorced) Reese Llewellyn Milner (16 February 1946 - 28 January 1948) (divorced) 1 child Claimed her difficulty maintaining relationships with men was due to her being an Egyptian queen in a past life and executing any men who displeased her. During an interview with Robert Osborne for Turner Classic Movies, Ann Miller said that when she was 9 months pregnant with Reese Milner's child, he got drunk one night, beat Ann up and threw her down a flight of stairs. Ann broke her back and had to give birth with a broken back. Had to audition for Easter Parade in a steel back brace after breaking her back. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corp - July 1945
  5. Donster


    Morning all. 69F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Chance of thunderstorms this afternoon and this evening. High of 85F.
  6. Buick Ad - July 1944 1940: Lord Beaverbrook, Minister for Aircraft Production, says 'the sky is the limit' for plane purchases from US, with spending running at £2.5 million per day on aircraft. 1940: Marshal Petain replaces President Lebrun and proclaims himself 'Chief of French State' of the French Republic. 1940: Admiral Raeder, C-in-C of the German Navy expresses his reservations about any invasion of Britain. *Jennifer Jones 1941: Stalin replaces 3 major Soviet commanders appointing Voroshilov for the northern, Timoshenko for the central and Budjenny for the southern fronts. Armored units of Panzer Group 1 advance within 10 miles of Kiev. 1941: Vichy government rejects Syrian armistice terms but Dentz accepts. Jennifer Jones 1943: The attacking German forces at Kursk have been depleted by heavy losses in men and armor and have nearly spent their momentum, even though the 4th Panzer Army and Army Detachment Kempf in the southern sector have succeeded in capturing the pivotal town of Prokhorovka. To prevent further attrition, especially of the vital armored forces, Field Marshals von Kluge and von Manstein urge Hitler to call off the operation, but Hitler refuses. Shick Shaver Ad - July 1945 1943: 144 Allied transport planes fired on by US Navy ships in the Sicily invasion-reform of Army Air Force and Navy coordination results. Jennifer Jones 1944: The US VIII Corps continues its attacks from the Carentan area toward St. Lo, but is meeting with strong German resistance. 1944: The United States formally recognizes the provisional French government of General de Gaulle in London as the de facto government of France. 1944: The Red Army captures the remnants (35,000) of the encircled 4th Army. Jennifer Jones *One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phyllis Lee Isley on March 2nd, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a young aspiring actress she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married, moving to Chicago in order to fufill their dreams of becoming movie stars. When their plans fell through, Phyllis began working as a model, sporting mainly hats, gloves and jewelry, as well as occasionally finding some work on local radio stations providing her voice to various characters in radio programs along with her husband. In a last-ditch attempt to pursue her dream, Phyllis traveled to the Selznick studios for a reading that would ultimately change her life. It was that day that she met David O. Selznick and after that particular audition her career began to take shape. Initially, Phyllis thought that the audition had went terribly and stormed out of the studios in tears, only to be chased by Selznick who assured her that she had been fine. Although she wasn't given that particular part, Phyllis was given a contract with Selznick studios, changing her name to Jennifer Jones, and was cast over thousands of other hopefuls in the role of Bernadette Soubirous in "The Song of Bernadette" (1943). For her innocent, sweet and moving portrayal of the sickly teenager who sees a vision of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes and devotes her life to her by becoming a nun and then ultimately dies of bone cancer, Jones won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role on March 2nd, 1944 - coincidentally her 25th birthday - beating out stiff competition such as Ingrid Bergman (who later became a close friend of hers), Greer Garson, Joan Fontaine and Jean Arthur. Now a Hollywood star, Jones' career was marked out and molded for her by Selznick, who would become the love of her life. They began an affair and eventually she left her husband and two sons for the producer that inevitably led Walker to his untimely death through alcohol and drug abuse, instigated due to their separation. As for her career, Jones took on the supporting role of Jane Hilton, a headstrong teenage girl who in the end grows up fast when her fiance is killed in action during WWII, in "Since You Went Away" (1944). For her performance Jones received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, losing out to Ethel Barrymore for "None But the Lonely Heart" (1944). Jennifer continued to deliver strong performances, receiving further Best Actress Oscar nominations for "Love Letters" (1945) (she lost out to Joan Crawford for "Mildred Pierce" (1945)) and "Duel in the Sun" (1946), (she lost out to Olivia de Havilland for "To Each His Own" (1946)) which saw her cast against type as seductive half-breed Pearl Chavez. Throughout the remainder of the 1940s Jones continued to produce memorable performances, such as in "Portrait of Jennie" (1948), which carried her into the 1950s and saw her receive her fifth and final Oscar nomination for "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" (1955), losing out to Anna Magnani for "The Rose Tattoo" (1955). However, despite her obvious success within the film industry Jones was a very private person and managed to stay out of the spotlight which dominated so many other actresses of the time. As a result Jones began to become less and less noticed, which increased further when Selznick died in 1965. Films roles began to appear less and less and after a moderately successful supporting performance in "The Towering Inferno" (1974) in which she danced with Fred Astaire before a fire threatened partygoers in a new San Francisco skyscraper who were celebrating its official opening as tallest building in the world. Her exit from the picture was also the most sympathetic when, after helping to assist two children to escape the disaster, her character fell 110 stories to her death from a scenic elevator on the outside of the building which was derailed following an explosion. Her touching performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Scenes from early on in the movie showed paintings lent to the production from the Norton Simon art gallery. Simon was her husband at the time the movie was produced. Jennifer Jones She did, however, try to revive her film career in later years by campaigning for the role of Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment" (1983), but Shirley MacLaine was cast instead and as a result won the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance. Unfortunately now in the 21st Century and in her 90th year, Jennifer Jones is relatively unknown in comparison to the other actresses of her time such as Ingrid Bergman, Katharine Hepburn, Greer Garson, Bette Davis etc. But for those that are aware of her and her extraordinary talent she is alluring to watch and her acting abilities extend far greater than most of her contemporaries. Jones married Selznick on July 13, 1949, a union which lasted until his death on June 22, 1965. After his death, she semi-retired from acting. According to media reports, Jones attempted suicide in November 1967 after hearing of the death of close friend Charles Bickford. She was found unconscious at the base of a cliff overlooking Malibu Beach; she was hospitalized in a coma before eventually recovering. Her daughter, Mary Jennifer Selznick (1954-1976), committed suicide by jumping from a 20th-floor window in Los Angeles on May 11, 1976. This led to Jones's interest in mental health issues. On May 29, 1971, Jones married multi-millionaire industrialist, art collector and philanthropist Norton Simon, whose son Robert had committed suicide in 1969. Years before, Simon had attempted to buy the portrait of her used in the film Portrait of Jennie. Simon later met Jones at a party hosted by fellow industrialist and art collector Walter Annenberg. Norton Simon died in June 1993. Jennifer Jones-Simon was Trustee Emeritus of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Jones was a breast cancer survivor. Actress Susan Strasberg, who would die of the disease in 1999, who was then married to actor Christopher Jones, named her own daughter Jennifer Robin Jones in the older actress's honor. Jones enjoyed a quiet retirement in Southern California close to her son. She granted no interviews and rarely appeared in public. She died of natural causes at her home on Thursday, December 17, 2009, aged 90. TRIVIA: Measurements: 33-24-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine) Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mother of Robert Walker Jr. and Michael Walker. Both became actors. Dodge Ad - July 1945
  7. Donster


    Morning all. 63F under clear skies with 97% humidity. Less humid today with a high of 85F.
  8. Cadillac Ad - July 1943 1940: Birthday Honours list includes only service recipients. British Union Party (Fascists) banned. 1940: Preliminary phase of Battle of Britain begins with German air attacks on Channel convoys with the aim of tempting the RAF in to battle. The Luftwaffe launches its first large scale attack on Britain as 70 aircraft attack the dock facilities at Swansea and the Royal Ordnance Factory at Pembrey in Wales. *Penny Singleton 1941: Panzer Group 1 repulses a violent Soviet counter-attack in the area of Korosten to the west of Kiev. 1941: The Finnish Karelian Army begins an offensive toward Lake Ladoga to the Northeast of Leningrad. 1941: Germans urge Japan to enter war. Penny Singleton 1942: General Carl Spaatz becomes the head of the U.S. Air Force in Europe. 1942: The first two ships of the ill-fated Arctic convoy PQI7, arrive at Archangel. Penny Singleton 1942: Germans admit substantial Russian forces are east of the Don. Panzer units of 4th Panzer Army and 6th Army of Army Group B join up just North of Kalach on the Don, while 17th Army and 1st Panzer Army of Army Group A continue their advance toward Rostov. 1942: Admiral Chester Nimitz is awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for meritorious service, with special attention focused on the battles of the Coral Sea and Midway. Cadillac Ad - July 1944 1943: Operation 'Husky', the Allied invasion of Sicily, is now fully underway with 12 divisions (160,000 men and 600 tanks) of the British Eighth and U.S. Seventh Armies being brought ashore by 3,000 landing craft (200 sunk by rough seas) on the south-east coast of Sicily. While the British approaching Syracuse meet with little German resistance, the U.S. forces are held back by strong counter-attacks of the Hermann Goring and the Italian Livorno Divisions. 1945: The USSR, U.K. and U.S. agree on the administration of greater Berlin and decide that France is to be included. Penny Singleton (Front & Center) 1945: U.S. carrier-based aircraft begin airstrikes against Japan in preparation for invasion. 1945: 1000 bomber raids against Japan begin. Penny Singleton *Born Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty on September 15, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and known as Dorothy McNulty, she was the daughter of an Irish-American newspaperman, Benny McNulty - from whom she received the nickname 'Penny' (because she was "as bright as a penny"). She began her show business career as a child by singing at a silent movie theater, and toured in vaudeville as part of an act called "The Kiddie Kabaret". She sang and danced with Milton Berle, whom she had known since childhood, and actor Gene Raymond, and appeared on Broadway in Jack Benny's Great Temptations. Singleton appeared as a nightclub singer in "After the Thin Man" (1936), and was credited at this time as Dorothy McNulty. She was cast opposite Arthur Lake (as Dagwood) in the feature film "Blondie" in 1938, based on the comic strip by Chic Young. They repeated their roles on a radio comedy beginning in 1939, and in guest appearances on other radio shows. As Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead, they proved so popular that a succession of 27 sequels were made from 1938 until 1950. The radio show ended the same year. Singleton's husband Robert Sparks produced 12 of these sequels. Singleton dyed her brunette hair blonde for the rest of her life. During the 12-year run of the Blondie series, Penny Singleton had little success in being hired for other roles because producers, directors and even audiences saw her as Blondie and nothing else. Penny, however, was a shrewd businesswoman. She created the concept of residuals the practice of paying actors for repeat broadcasts of their shows or movies and had a residuals clause written into her Blondie contract. Penny even coined the term residuals. Penny Singleton Once the Blondie craze reached the end of its run in the early 50's, she found herself out of work. She was known as an All-American housewife popular comic strip character and had received thousands of letters a year from women asking her advice on everything from budgeting to cooking. She had liked this aspect of being Blondie, but clearly she was anxious to broaden her horizons as an entertainer. Rather than becoming bitter and retreating as many other typecast actors have done, she got more energetic, saying: "When the show closes, get a new act" and went on tour with her own night club show. This eventually led to USO tours in Korea military bases. Penny Singleton took on an entirely new role in the 1960s when she was elected vice president of the American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA), a performers' union. Entertainment workers in those days of daily live performances were exploited by the theaters, and often put in seven-day weeks with no allowed sick days. Performers' pay was docked if they missed a performance, no matter what the reason. Penny Singleton was adamant that producers and club owners making a profit from variety artists' work be classified as employers, and pay social security and unemployment compensation, as well as contribute to pension plans -- something they had never done before. In New York, the union had been controlled by members of the organized crime families who stole the union's money and did nothing for the workers' welfare. Penny was determined to drive out the Mafia and she succeeded, but not without some personal danger. In the late 60's, after an intense two-month strike led by Ms. Singleton against the famous New York Latin Quarter nightclub, rather than agree to these terms, it closed down altogether. In 1967, she led the Rockettes in a successful strike against Radio City Music Hall and 1969, she was instrumental in starting the first AGVA branch office in Las Vegas. In the summer of 1970, she led the first ever strike against Disneyland. At that time, Disney was recruiting college students to do the work, giving college credit and housing for the summer in lieu of higher wages. When Penny Singleton was elected president of AGVA in 1969, she became the first woman to be president of an AFL-CIO union. She also toured in nightclubs and roadshows of plays and musicals. She became familiar to television audiences as the voice of Jane Jetson in the animated series "The Jetsons", which originally aired from 1962 until 1963, reprising the role for a syndicated revival from 1985 through 1988 and for assorted specials, records, and "Jetsons: The Movie" (1990). Singleton died on November 12, 2003 (aged 95) in Sherman Oaks, California following a stroke. TRIVIA: She was married to Dr. Laurence Scogga Singleton, a dentist, from 1937 until their divorce in 1939. She was married to Robert Sparks from 1941 until his death on July 22, 1963. Singleton had a daughter with each of her husbands. She was awarded 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6811 Hollywood Boulevard and for Motion Pictures at 6547 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Anheuser-Busch Ad - July 1945
  9. Donster


    Lottie has been working from home since mid-March. Might be going back into work starting August 1st, but with the numbers on new virus numbers going up, that may not happen.
  10. Donster


    Morning all. 72F under partly cloudy skies with 97% humidity. Chance of severe thunderstorms this afternoon with a high of 85F.
  11. Florida Citrus Commission Ad - July 1943 1940: Commons passed War Credits of £1,000,000,000. Tea rationing of 2oz per head per week introduced in Britain. 1940: RAF begins night bombing of Germany. *Paulette Goddard 1940: The British submarine Salmon is lost south-west of Stavanger, Norway. The German raider Komet leaves Bergen in Norway for operations in the Pacific via the Northwest Passage in the Arctic Ocean assisted by Russian icebreakers. 1940: The British and Italian fleets make contact at Battle of Cape Spartivento. The British force includes 1 Aircraft Carrier and 3 Battleships, while the Italian squadron under Admiral Campioni consists of 2 Battleships, 6 heavy and 12 light cruisers. The Italians brake off contact after their flag ship Giulio Cesare is hit and damaged, although they still claim a naval victory. Paulette Goddard 1941: Panzer Group 3 defeats Russian blocking forces and capture Vitebsk. 1941: General Dentz sues for peace in the Middle East. Paulette Goddard 1942: Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the attic above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse. 1942: Renewed German attacks against the British defenses at El Alamein bog down in the face of stubborn British resistance. Fisher Body Ad - July 1943 1943: Operation 'Husky' begins, with the US 82nd and the British 1st Airborne Divisions making the first landings on Sicily at night. However, due to navigational errors, hundreds of U.S. paratroopers are dropped in the sea and are drowned, while many others are widely scattered and miss their assigned targets. 1943: The Russians say that the German attack at Kursk has been held and claim that 2,000 tanks have been destroyed in four days. 1943: At least 12 die as a German hit and run bomber hits East Grinstead cinema during an afternoon performance. Paulette Goddard 1944: Units of the British Second Army enter Caen which has been reduced to a heap of rubble due to the preceding heavy aerial and artillery bombardments by the British. U.S. XIX Corps begins its push for St. Lo. (WATCH BRITISH NEWSREEL) 1944: A major Russian offensive begins towards Rezekne, to the East of Riga in order to cut off Army Group North in Baltic States. The 2nd Belorussian Front attacks northwest from Vitebsk, the 3rd Belorussian Front attacks West from Psovsk and the Leningrad Front attacks southwest toward Narva. Paulette Goddard 1944: All Japanese resistance in the Ukhrul area on India-Burma border crushed by the British. 1944: U.S. Marines defeat the Japanese on Saipan after a final Banzai charge. 27,000 Japanese and 3,116 Americans were killed on Saipan. (WATCH U.S. NEWSREEL) Paulette Goddard *Pauline Marion Goddard Levy was born in Whitestone Landing, New York, on 3 June 1910. She was a beautiful child who began to model for local department stores before she made her debut with Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies at the age of 13. For three years, she astounded audiences with her talent. She married Edgar James when she was 15, but the union was doomed to failure and was dissolved in 1930. By then, Paulette had begun to make her mark on Hollywood with a small bit appearance in the film "Berth Marks" (1929). Her age (19) didn't help her in getting better parts. She would continue in bit roles in films such as "The Girl Habit" (1931), "The Mouthpiece" (1932), and "Young Ironsides" (1932). For the next four years she searched for parts but came up empty-handed. It wasn't until 1936 that Paulette would again appear in a motion picture, in "Modern Times" (1936). Once again she found herself with a bit part. Finally, after ten years, she gained a decent part in "The Women" (1939), and Paulette thought that maybe her career was finally taking off. In her next film, she played Joyce Norman in "The Cat and the Canary" (1939), which was intended to be a send-off vehicle for Bob Hope. It not only did that, but it also established Paulette as a genuine star. Her performance won her a ten-year contract with Paramount Studios, which was one of the premier studios of the day. Her next feature film was with the great Fred Astaire in the acclaimed musical "Second Chorus" (1940). Later that year, she once again teamed up with Bob Hope for the film "The Ghost Breakers" (1940), and once again the movie was a huge hit. This was just the beginning because the 1940s was the decade that kept her busy and in the American moviegoing public's eyes. Motion pictures such as "The Great Dictator" (1940) with husband Charles Chaplin, "Pot o' Gold" (1941), and "The Lady Has Plans" (1942) were added to her already sparkling resume. Paulette Goddard In 1943, Paulette was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in the film "So Proudly We Hail!" (1943)! She didn't win, but it solidified her as a top draw. Although "Standing Room Only" (1944) with Fred MacMurray didn't bring in the crowds at the box office, the production is still remembered as a delightful comedy, a must-see for any film buff. Paulette reached the pinnacle of her career in Mitchell Leisen's "Kitty" (1945). The film was a hit with moviegoers, as Paulette played an ordinary English woman transformed into a duchess. The film was filled with plenty of comedy, dramatic and romantic scenes that appealed to virtually everyone. As Abby Hale in "Unconquered" (1947), Paulette once more found herself with a profit-making flick. This Cecil B. DeMille film paired her with Gary Cooper in an 18th century romantic drama. The critics weren't too keen on it, but the public could not have cared less. They loved this long-running (146 minutes) movie. The 1950s were not too good for Paulette's career, as she appeared in only six feature films, the last being "Charge of the Lancers" (1954). She would not be seen again on the silver screen until in "Gli indifferenti" (1964). Her career was just about finished, although she did appear in a made-for-TV film called "The Snoop Sisters" (1972) (TV) as Norma Treet. That one was forgettable, and Paulette retired from the film world for good. On 23 April 1990, she died of massive heart failure in Ronco, Switzerland, at the age of 79. TRIVIA: Measurements: 34-24 1/2-34 (measured in January 1941) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine). Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m) Spouse: Erich Maria Remarque (25 February 1958 - 25 September 1970) (his death) Burgess Meredith (21 May 1944 - 8 June 1949) (divorced) Charles Chaplin (June 1936 - June 1942) (divorced) Edgar James (1927 - 1931) (divorced) Was the leading contender for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). Her inability to produce a marriage certificate to prove she and Charles Chaplin were married, and the appearance of Vivien Leigh on the scene, lost her the part. She suffered a miscarriage in October 1944 while married to Burgess Meredith. Had no siblings and no children. Goddard never had any children, but she became a stepmother to Charles Chaplin's two sons, Charles Chaplin Jr. and Sydney Chaplin, while she and Charlie were married. In his memoirs, "My Father Charlie Chaplin," from 1960, Charles Jr. describes her as a lovely, caring and intelligent woman throughout the book. Sources variously cite her year of birth as 1911 and 1914, and the place as Whitestone Landing, New York, USA. However, municipal employees in Ronco, Switzerland, where she died, gave her birth year of record as 1905. Pontiac Ad - July 1945
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    Morning all. 71F under clear skies with 96% humidity. Very hot and humid today with a high of 95F and a heat index over 100F.
  13. Alcoa Aluminum Ad - July 1943 1940: British Metropolitan Police to be armed when guarding vulnerable positions. 1940: The Swedish government agrees to transport German war material across Sweden to Norway. 1940: Swordfish aircraft damage the French battleship Richelieu at Dakar after the French reject demilitarization proposals. *Gene Tierney 1941: Soviet military mission arrives in London. 1941: 20 B-17s fly in their first mission with the Royal Air Force over Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Gene Tierney 1941: Litvinov Broadcasts in English from Moscow saying that the UK and Russia must strike at Germany together. Panzer Group 4 of Army Group North captures Pskov and advances toward Novgorod and Leningrad. 1941: Germany and Italy announce the dissolution of the state of Yugoslavia, with large portions annexed to Italy. Gene Tierney 1942: The 4th Panzer Army at Voronezh begins an offensive southeast along the west bank of the Don, with the aim of meeting up with 6th Army which is advancing East toward the Don from Kharkov. The objective is to establish bridgeheads across the river in the Kalach area and then continue on to Stalingrad. However, heavy rain and lack of fuel slowed the advance, allowing the Russians time to withdraw their armies intact. Army Group A's, 1st Panzer Army crosses the Donet's river. 1942: Axis bombers carry out raids on the harbor facilities at Valetta in Malta. 1942: British forces in North Afrika devise a new method of destroying the enemy's water supply. They put fish oil into the wells that are to fall into German hands, making the water undrinkable. Pennzoil Ad - July 1944 1943: As the battle of Kursk reaches its climax, the exhausted German forces are unable to make any further gains while losing vast numbers of men, tanks and planes. Soviet claims for the day are 304 tanks and 161 aircraft, while the Germans claim 400 tanks and 193 aircraft. 1943: American B-24 bombers strike Japanese-held Wake Island for the first time. Gene Tierney 1944: The British Second Army begins a major offensive 'Operation Charnwood' aimed at capturing Caen. 1944: The Russians capture Baranovichi, 80 miles South West of Minsk. Lieutenant General Müller, the commander of German 12th Corps surrenders with 57,000 men. Street fighting is reported as the Russians enter Vilna. Army Group Centre's losses have now reached 300,000 men (28 divisions) in less than three weeks. Gene Tierney 1944: The Japanese Fifteenth Army is ordered to retreat to the Chindwin after losing 53,000 men and 17,000 horses since the 7th March. 1944: The U.S. Navy shells Guam in the Pacific. Gene Tierney *Gene Eliza Tierney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1920, to well-to-do parents. Her father was a very successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York. She was educated in the finest schools on the East Coast and at a finishing school in Switzerland. After two years in Europe, Gene returned to the US where she completed her education. By 1938 she was performing on Broadway in "What a Life!" and understudied for "The Primerose Path" (1938) at the same time. Her wealthy father set up a corporation that was only to promote her theatrical pursuits. Her first role consisted of carrying a bucket of water across the stage, prompting one critic to announce that "Miss Tierney is, without a doubt, the most beautiful water carrier I have ever seen!" Her subsequent roles "Mrs O`Brian Entertains" (1939) and "RingTwo" (1939) were meatier and received praise from the tough New York critics. Critic Richard Watts wrote "I see no reason why Miss Tierney should not have a long and interesting theatrical career, that is if the cinema does not kidnap her away". After being spotted by the legendary Darryl F. Zanuck during a stage performance of the hit show "The Male Animal" (1940), Gene was signed to a contract with 20th Century-Fox. Her first role as Barbara Hall in "Hudson`s Bay" (1941) would be the send-off vehicle for her career. Later that year she appeared in "The Return of Frank James" (1940). The next year would prove to be a very busy one for Gene, as she appeared in "The Shanghai Gesture" (1941), "Sundown" (1941), "Tobacco Road" (1941) and "Belle Starr" (1941). She tried her hand at screwball comedy in "Rings on Her Fingers" (1942), which was a great success. Her performances in each of these productions were masterful. In 1945 she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Ellen Brent in "Leave Her to Heaven" (1945). Though she didn't win, it solidified her position in Hollywood society. She followed up with another great performance as Isabel Bradley in the hit "The Razor`s Edge" (1946). In 1944 she played what is probably her best-known role (and, most critics agree, her most outstanding performance) in Otto Preminger`s "Laura" (1944), in which she played murder victim named Laura Hunt. In 1947 Gene played Lucy Muir in the acclaimed "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (1947). By this time Gene was the hottest player around, and the 1950s saw no letup as she appeared in a number of good films, among them "Night and the City" (1950), "The Mating Season" (1951), "Close to My Heart" (1951), "Plymouth Adventure" (1952), "Personal Affair" (1953) and "The Left Hand of God" (1955). The latter was to be her last performance for seven years. The pressures of a failed marriage to Oleg Cassini, the birth of a daughter who was mentally retarded in 1943, and several unhappy love affairs resulted in Gene being hospitalized for depression. When she returned to the the screen in "Advise & Consent" (1962), her acting was as good as ever but there was no longer a big demand for her services. Her last feature film was "The Pleasure Seekers" (1964), and her final appearance in the film industry was in a TV miniseries, "Scruples" (1980). Gene died of emphysema in Houston, Texas, on November 6, 1991, just two weeks shy of her 71st birthday. TRIVIA: Measurements: 35B-25-36 Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Nickname: The Get Girl Howard Hughes provided the funds for her retarded daughter's medical care. Had her share of love affairs during her Hollywood reign, including a notorious one with John F. Kennedy, whom she met while filming Dragonwyck (1946). Kennedy broke it up because of his political aspirations. She also had dalliances with Tyrone Power during production of The Razor's Edge (1946) and with Prince Aly Khan in the early 1950s. Received extensive shock treatment in the 1950s while battling her mental instability. Tierney was in the throes of suicidal depression and was admitted to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, on Christmas Day in 1957, after police talked her down from a building ledge. She was released from Menningers the following year. When Gene saw herself on screen for the first time, she was horrified by her voice ("I sounded like an angry Minnie Mouse"). She began smoking to lower her voice, but it came at a great price - she died of emphysema. U.S. Treasury Ad - July 1944
  14. Rest in Peace Charlie Daniels.
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