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  1. Donster

    Monday

    Morning all. 56F under clear skies. A taste of Autumn here too! Continued clear skies today (along with forest fire haze). High today of 78F.
  2. North American Aviation Ad - August 1942 1940: Montreal mayor Camillien Houde publicly urges Quebecers to not sign up for national registration for war duty. 1940: Lord Beaverbrook appointed to War Cabinet. *Adele Mara 1940: French military court sentences de Gaulle to death in absentia. 1940: Italy reported to be massing troops on Libya-Egypt border. Adele Mara 1941: US and USSR agree on US aid. 1941: All radios in Norway are confiscated. 1941: Soviets blow up a huge Japanese fuel and ammunition dump at Tatutzuchuan in Eastern Manchuria. North American Aviation Ad - August 1944 1942: The British convoy, code-named 'Pedestal' leaves Britain for the strategically-important island of Malta in the Mediterranean. The convoy consists of 14 fast merchant ships loaded with fuel, food, and ammunition. The convoy is accompanied by 2 battleships (Nelson and Rodney), 3 aircraft carriers (Victorious, Indomitable, and Eagle), 14 destroyers, and 3 anti-aircraft cruisers. Adele Mara 1943: The ninth attack on Hamburg in eight days. More bombs have now been dropped on Hamburg than on London during the whole of the Blitz. Estimated 50.000 killed, equal to Britain's entire civilian losses by bombing in the war so far. 1943: Hitler orders that German armies are to hold fast in Russia, but Manstein ignores him and uses a 'flexible defense' in the Kharkov sector. The Russian gains around Orel continue., but German forces repel massive Soviet attacks at Izyum and the Mius river line. Adele Mara 1943: The US Army drafts Sicilian mules into service to carry supplies to soldiers fighting in the mountains of Italy. The mule train commander reports that few of the draftees "seem to like army life." 1943: Two hundred Jews escape from Treblinka extermination camp during a revolt. Adele Mara 1944: Churchill makes a statement to the House of Commons and says after seven weeks of non-stop V1 attacks, 5,340 having being launched, that 4,735 have been killed, 14,000 injured and 17,000 houses completely destroyed. 1944: The U.S. VIII Corps moves West from the Avranches area along the Brittany coast, but the main force drives eastward. Turkey ends diplomatic relations with Germany. 1944: The First Polish Army gains a Vistula bridgehead, 40 miles to the south of Warsaw. 1945: Potsdam conference ends after more than two weeks of deliberations. Allied leaders have been discussing what should become of Germany. Adele Mara *Adele Mara, was born Adelaide Delgado on April 28 1923 in Highland Park, Michigan, is most famous for her roles in the films "Angel in Exile" (1948) and "Sands of Iwo Jima" (1949) with John Wayne. Spanish-American Adele Mara was a singer/dancer with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra in Detroit by the age of 15. Cugat took the beautiful, brown-eyed brunette to New York where she was spotted by a Columbia talent scout and signed in 1942. There she played brisk leading ladies in a series of standard, uneventful "B" films including "Vengeance of the West" (1942) with Tex Ritter and "Alias Boston Blackie" (1942) starring Chester Morris. A couple of years later she was transformed into a sexy platinum blonde pin-up after signing up with Republic Studios. She kept herself quite busy there predominantly cast as senorita-types opposite cowboy stars Roy Rogers in "Bells of Rosarita" (1945) and Gene Autry in "Twilight on the Rio Grande" (1947). She was also fetching fodder in crime dramas including "Blackmail" (1947) and "Web of Danger" (1947) and a pleasant diversion in adventure pictures such as "Wake of the Red Witch" (1948) with John Wayne and "The Avengers" (1950). Seldom was she given the chance to prove her acting talents, however, and her film career waned in the early 1950s. Her last screen appearance would be in "The Big Circus" (1959) with Victor Mature. Adele subsequently moved into TV and was featured in a number of guest spots, primarily in westerns. Adele Mara She eventually settled down to raise a family after her marriage to TV mogul Roy Huggins who produced many hit shows including "77 Sunset Strip" (1958) and "Maverick" (1957). She would appear as a guest in a number of them. The couple had three sons. Adele Mara died of natural causes at her home on May 7, 2010 (aged 87) in Pacific Palisades, California. North American Aviation Ad - August 1945
  3. Donster

    Sunday

    Morning all. 63F under partly cloudy skies. Sunny this afternoon with a high of 80F.
  4. Cadillac Ad - August 1944 1940: RAF bomb Krupp works at Essen. 1940: British Order in Council declares the start of the grouse shooting season to be August 5 instead of the 12th. *Veronica Lake 1940: Hitler signs Directive No.17, requiring the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine to increase their attacks against Britain and her shipping, in preparation for 'Operation Sealion'. 1940: Russian Foreign Minister Molotov reaffirms Soviet neutrality and Russo-German pact and verbally attacks Britain and US. Veronica Lake 1941: Roosevelt stops US oil supplies to the 'aggressors'. 1941: Fighting flares up around the perimeter of Tobruk. Veronica Lake 1941: The Grumman TBF Avenger torpedo plane makes its first flight. 1941: Army Group Centre continues its liquidation of the Smolensk pocket. Soviet troops put up fierce resistance near Orsha and Vitebsk west of Smolensk. A powerful counter-offensive is launched at Gomel south of Mogilev against German bridgeheads over the Dnieper River. Veronica Lake 1941: First convoy to Murmansk. 1942: Ensign Henry C. White, while flying a J4F Widgeon plane, sinks U-166 as it approaches the Mississippi River, the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard. Veronica Lake 1942: An interlocking convoy system is introduced along the entire US eastern seaboard, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. 1942: The 15th Panzer Division fails to break through the British 8th Army's lines in the battle of Alam Halfa and advance toward Alexandria, 120km away. The German lose about 30 tanks and are forced to withdraw. Veronica Lake 1942: Army Group A continues to fan out into the Caucasus region, while advance units reach the Kuban River. Army Group B continues its fight to cut off the Soviet defenders near Kalach in the Don bend near Stalingrad. 1942: Japanese establish puppet government in Burma. Mobilgas Ad - August 1944 1943: The USAAF loses 54 B24s out of 178 in a disastrous raid (the longest yet attempted) on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania while inflicting only superficial damage.(WATCH NEWSREEL) 1943: Increasingly heavy fighting continues on Sicily, with some of the fiercest fighting yet seen. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - February 22, 1945 1943: Hitler orders the immediate evacuation of the Orel salient. 1943: Lydia Litvak, the top scoring Russian female fighter pilot of the war (12 kills), is shot down and killed. Veronica Lake 1943: The Japanese destroyer Amagiri sinks USN PT-109 in the Solomon's, which is commanded by Lieutenant John F. Kennedy. 1944: Patton's U.S. Third Army is activated. Veronica Lake 1944: The Russians take Kaunas and cut all roads from Germany to Baltic States. Bor-Komorowski leads the Warsaw Uprising by the 38,000 strong Polish underground Army. They receive no support from Soviet forces who are already on the eastern bank of the Vistula opposite the city. 1944: The Finnish President Risto Ryti resigns, with his place is taken by Marshal Karl Gustav Mannerheim. Veronica Lake 1944: U.S. Marines complete the capture of Tinian Island losing 389 killed for 9,000 Japanese. Veronica Lake *Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman (later Keane) in Brooklyn, New York on November 14, 1919 (some sources list 1922 as her date of birth). Her father, Harry E. Ockelman, of Danish-Irish descent, worked for an oil company onboard a ship. Her father died in an industrial explosion in Philadelphia in 1932 when she was ten. Her mother, née Constance Charlotta Trimble (19021992), (listed as "Veronica F." on the 1920 census), married family friend Anthony Keane, a newspaper staff artist, a year later, and Lake began using his last name. Lake was sent to Villa Maria, an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Montreal, Canada, which she hated and from which she was expelled. The Keane family later moved to Miami, Florida. Lake attended high school in Miami, where she was known for her beauty. She had a troubled childhood and was, according to her mother, diagnosed as schizophrenic. In 1938, Lake moved with her mother and stepfather to Beverly Hills, where her mother enrolled her in the Bliss-Hayden School of Acting. Her first appearance on screen was for RKO, playing a small role among several coeds in the 1939 film, "Sorority House". Similar roles followed, including "All Women Have Secrets" and "Dancing Co-Ed". During the making of "Sorority House", director John Farrow first noticed how her hair always covered her right eye, creating an air of mystery about her and enhancing her natural beauty. She was then introduced to the Paramount producer Arthur Hornblow, Jr.. He changed her name to Veronica Lake because the surname suited her blue eyes. She was still a teenager. In 1939, she was signed by RKO Studios, sometimes appearing in small roles before the studio dropped her contract. A few bit parts at MGM and 20th Century-Fox followed, and soon after marrying first husband John Detlie, Lake signed with Paramount. With her cool manner and 'peekaboo' hairstyle she created a sensation; millions of women copied her peekaboo bang. Her breakthrough film was "I Wanted Wings" in 1941, a major hit in which Lake played the second female lead and was said to have stolen scene after scene from the rest of the cast. This success was followed by "Hold Back the Dawn" later that year. Lake's biggest year in films was 1942, when she starred in a string of hit films for Paramount, including "Sullivan's Travels", "This Gun for Hire", "I Married a Witch", "The Glass Key", and "So Proudly We Hail!". For a short time during the early 1940s, Lake was considered one of the most reliable box office draws in Hollywood. She became known for onscreen pairings with actor Alan Ladd. At first, the couple was teamed together merely out of physical necessity: Ladd was just 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 m) tall and the only actress then on the Paramount lot short enough to pair with him was Lake, who stood just 4 feet 11½ inches (1.51 m). They made four films together. Although popular with the public, Lake had a complex personality and acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with. Eddie Bracken, her co-star in "Star Spangled Rhythm" (1942) was quoted as saying, "She was known as 'The Bitch' and she deserved the title." In that movie, Lake took part in a song lampooning her hair style, "A Sweater, A Sarong and a Peekaboo Bang", performed with Paulette Goddard and Dorothy Lamour. Lake's career stumbled with her unsympathetic role as Nazi spy Dora Bruckman in 1944's "The Hour Before the Dawn". During filming, she tripped on a lighting cable while pregnant and began hemorrhaging. She recovered, but her second child, William, was born prematurely on July 8, 1943, dying a week later from uremic poisoning. She and Detlie divorced shortly thereafter, and Lake then married prominent director André De Toth in late 1944. Meanwhile, scathing reviews of "The Hour Before Dawn" included criticism of her unconvincing German accent. Lake earned her pilot's license in 1946 and was able to fly solo between Los Angeles and New York. Veronica Lake Nonetheless, Lake was earning $4,500 per week under her contract with Paramount. She had begun drinking more heavily during this period and people began refusing to work with her. Paramount cast Lake in a string of mostly forgotten films. A notable exception was "The Blue Dahlia" (1946), in which she again co-starred with Ladd. During filming, screenplay writer Raymond Chandler referred to her as "Moronica Lake". Paramount decided not to renew her contract in 1948. Although Lake proved to be a good actress, especially in comedy and film noir, her career began to fade soon after the end of World War II. She gave birth to her son with De Toth late in 1945. Several more films followed, and Lake gave birth to another daughter, born in late 1948. By then, however, Paramount had dropped her contract following the release of the comedy "Isn't It Romantic?" (1948). Veronica Lake's film career came to a halt in the late 1940s; she made just three films afterward. Lake divorced De Toth in 1952, and she left California to settle in New York, where she did quite a bit of stage work and made a number of appearances on early television. However, mental illness and her increasing use of alcohol chipped away at her career, and by the late 1950s or early 1960s Lake was working as a bar maid. By chance she was rediscovered, and in the early 1960s Lake was offered a job working in Baltimore as a TV host. She made two more films: "Footsteps in the Snow" (made in Canada and released in 1966) and "Flesh Feast" (shot in Miami in 1967; not released until 1970), a film which she also produced. Lake wrote a sensational autobiography, which made waves when it was published in 1969. Sadly, she passed away in Burlington, Vermont, on July 7, 1973 (aged 50), from hepatitis and acute renal failure (complications of her alcoholism). She was survived by her fourth husband, two daughters, a son, and her mother. TRIVIA: Height: 4' 11 1/2" (1.51 m) Her height variously given as "barely five feet" to 5' 2" Photos indicate the shorter height. During World War II, the rage for her peek-a-boo bangs became a hazard when women in the defense industry would get their bangs caught in machinery. Lake had to take a publicity picture in which she reacted painfully to her hair getting "caught" in a drill press in order to heighten public awareness about the hazard of her hairstyle. Her ashes sat on a funeral home's shelf until 1976 when her cremation was paid for and supposedly spread on the Florida coastline. Some 30 years after her death, her ashes resurfaced in a New York antique store in October 2004. Her son Michael died on February 24, 1991, aged 45, in Olympia, Washington. Her third husband, Joseph Allen McCarthy, wrote lyrics for many Cy Coleman songs, among them "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life" and "Why Try To Change Me Now?" sung by Frank Sinatra. McCarthy's father, Joseph McCarthy, was also a lyricist; his most famous songs are "You Made Me Love You" and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows." Camel Cigarette Ad - August 1945
  5. Donster

    Saturday

    Morning all. 67F under cloudy skies. The cool down finally arrived last night. Able to turn off the AC. Partly sunny, passing shower later this afternoon. High of 78F. Scattered showers and thunderstorms possible tonight. Low of 65F.
  6. Philco Ad - July 1942 1940: Hitler appraised the Army plan for the invasion of Britain at a conference of his top Military chiefs. The Navy criticize the plan for being on a too broad a front, requiring 2,500 barges in order to transport the invading forces, which cant be concentrated before the 15th of September at the earliest. The Army refute these arguments, saying that too narrow a front would allow the British to concentrate what forces they posses. 1940: Hitler formally announces to his military commanders that he has decided to invade Russia. *Jane Frazee 1941: The U.S. Army establishes the Military Police Corps. 1941: During July, 501 British civilians died in air raids. Jane Frazee 1941: Göring instructs Heydrich to prepare for Final Solution. 1941: Joseph Terboven declares a state of emergency in Norway. Jane Frazee 1941: Army Group North, which is slowly advancing toward Leningrad, reaches Lake Ilmen, to the south of Novgorod. However, its troops are very fatigued due to the marshes and heavily wooded terrain. 1942: Heavy RAF night raid on Düsseldorf. Jane Frazee 1942: The German advance into the Northern Caucasus continues. Philco Ad - July 1943 1944: The British VIII Corps begins 'Operation Bluecoat', an assault towards the river Vire. The U.S. 4th Armoured Division captures Avranches, having advanced 35 miles and taken 20,000 prisoners since the 25th July. Jane Frazee 1944: The Soviet army takes Kovno, the capital of Lithuania. 1944: The last Japanese counter-attack on Tinian is annihilated. U.S. forces make further landings on the North West coast of Dutch New Guinea and begin a jungle push from Aitape. Jane Frazee 1945: The French collaboration trials have so far resulted in 1,629 death sentences, 757 hard labour for life, 5,328 other hard labour, 1,136 solitary confinement, 11,073 prison sentences, 22,137 to suffer national degradation and 3,564 acquitted. 1945: A British midget submarine attack on Singapore sinks the Japanese heavy cruiser Takao. Jane Frazee *Jane Frazee was born Mary Jane Frehse on July 18, 1918 in Duluth, Minnesota. A professional entertainer since the age of six, Jane Frazee and her sister Ruth Frazee had a vaudeville act and appeared in nightclubs and on radio. They journeyed to Hollywood, but the act broke up when Ruth failed her screen tests and Jane passed hers. Jane was quite attractive with a pleasant singing voice. She did a lot of work for Universal Pictures, which put her to the test by having her warble amidst the antics of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in "Buck Privates" (1941), the high-grossing 1941 comedy/World War II film, with Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson in "Hellzapoppin'" (1941), and with the Ritz Brothers "Hi'ya Chum" (1943). Jane also frequently performed in Republic Westerns, both in movies and on television, working with genre stars like Roy Rogers, Charles Starrett, Guinn Williams, Clayton Moore, Jock Mahoney, and Gene Autry. After making her last feature film in 1951, Frazee co-starred with George O'Hanlon in the "Behind the Eight-Ball" (aka "Joe McDoakes" - 1954-56) short-subject series at Warner Bros, and also appeared regularly on the 1952 TV sitcom "Beulah". In 1942, Frazee married silent film actor and director Glenn Tryon. The marriage lasted five years and produced one son, Timothy. She retired from films in the '50s, and started a successful real estate business. Jane Frazee died on September 6, 1985 (aged 67) in Newport Beach, California, after complications of a stroke. Packard Ad - July 1944
  7. Donster

    Friday

    Morning all. 68F under partly cloudy skies with smoke haze. Areas of smoke and haze continue to be an issue today and an Air Quality Alert is in effect through 4pm. Thick smoke from Canadian fires will continue to push south through the day which may significantly filter out the sunshine at times. High today of 78F.
  8. United States Playing Card Company Ad - July 1942 1940: The Luftwaffe ceases major raids over Britain as it builds up strength for it forth coming onslaught. 1940: Act of Havana signed to prevent German takeover of colonies. *Dorothy Malone 1941: Polish-Soviet agreement of cooperation signed at London. 1941: US gunboat Tutiula damaged by Japanese planes near Chungking. Dorothy Malone 1941: British planes from carriers bomb Petsamo. 1941: 17 Japanese 'spy' fishing boats seized by US in Hawaiian waters. Dorothy Malone - YANK Pinup Girl - April 13, 1945 1942: The Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) is authorized by the U.S. Congress. 1942: The Red Army launches a counter-offensive at Rzhev, which leads to the temporary encirclement of six German divisions, although these are successfully supplied by massive air drops from the Luftwaffe. Army Group A consolidates its bridgehead over the Manych River, while Army Group B struggles to reduce the Soviet bridgehead at Kalach in the Don Estuary west of Stalingrad. Dorothy Malone 1942: Chinese recapture Tsingtien in Eastern Chekiang, cutting off the Japanese at Wenchow. 1942: Japanese capture crucial islands en route to New Guinea. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - February 15, 1945 1943: Hamburg is bombed for a third time. 1943: Army Group A losses the initiative in its attack to secure its positions along the Mius River. Reliance Manufacturing Company Ad - July 1943 1944: Six British divisions attack at Caumont, 15 miles East of St. Lo. 1945: British, U.S. and French troops enter Vienna. Dorothy Malone 1945: The Japanese reject the Potsdam ultimatum, so the Joint Chiefs order the plans for Japanese surrender to be drawn up. 1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, a Japanese submarine sinks the Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis resulting in the loss of 881 crewmen. The ship sinks before a radio message can be sent out leaving survivors adrift for two days. (MORE INFO) Dorothy Malone *Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1925. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School. While performing at Southern Methodist University, she was spotted by a talent agent for RKO and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds. Much of Malone's early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns, although on occasion she had the opportunity to play small but memorable roles, such as that of a brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in "The Big Sleep" (1946) with Humphrey Bogart, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy "Artists and Models" (1955). Dorothy Malone By 1956, Malone had transformed herself into a platinum blonde and shed her good girl-image when she co-starred with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Stack in director Douglas Sirk's melodrama "Written on the Wind". Her portrayal of the dipso-nymphomaniac daughter of a Texas oil baron won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As a result, she was offered more substantial roles in "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958), where she portrayed Diana Barrymore, "Man of a Thousand Faces" (with James Cagney - 1957), and "Warlock" (with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark - 1959). Additional screen credits include "The Tarnished Angels" (in which she reunited with former co-stars Hudson and Stack and director Sirk - 1957), "The Last Voyage" (with Stack - 1960) and "The Last Sunset" (with Hudson - 1961). In the 1963-1964 season, Malone guest starred on Jack Palance's ABC circus drama "The Greatest Show on Earth". Thereafter, she became a household name when she accepted the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial "Peyton Place", on which she starred from 1964 through to 1968. She had a featured role in the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976). Her last screen appearance came as a mother convicted of murdering her family in "Basic Instinct" (1992), appearing with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone. Malone has been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Mimi and Diane, from her first marriage to actor Jacques Bergerac. Her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 1718 Vine. Malone died on January 19, 2018, ten days before her 94th birthday, at a nursing facility in Dallas. Coca Cola Ad - July 1944
  9. Donster

    Thursday

    Morning all. 80F under clear skies and a dew point of 75F. Made it up to 95F yesterday with 79F dew point and 109F heat index. Highs to be cooler today with slowly decreasing humidity. Hazy skies. High of 87F.
  10. RIP Dusty. Saw ZZ Top in concert during their "Eliminator" tour. Great show.
  11. Boeing Ad - July 1944 1940: 80 German planes attack Dover Harbour; British claim 17 down; Air Ministry accuses Germans of using Red Cross planes for reconnaissance. Germany apologizes to Eire for Wexford bombing. Intense dogfights over London and Home Counties. Britain refuses German proposal to use 64 Red Cross ships to rescue airmen from the English Channel. 1940: A German memorandum issued by the OKM states that an invasion of Great Britain will not be possible until the second half of September 1940 and that the prospects for such an invasion seem doubtful. *Lana Turner 1940: James Melville 'Jimmy' Cox, the Reuters' correspondent in Tokyo was arrested on 27th July by the Kempeitai on the usual non-specific charge of espionage. Two days later he was seen falling from an open window on the third floor of the Kempeitai Headquarters. They claimed that he had committed suicide because he was guilty of espionage. 1941: Marshal Zhukov resigns as Russian Chief of Staff. Lana Turner 1942: German troops take Proletarskaya and establish a bridgehead over the Manych River in the Caucasus region. 1943: The mass evacuation of a million civilians from Hamburg is ordered after the recent heavy bombings. Association of American Railroads - July 1945 1943: Army Group A launches counter attacks to improve its positions along the Mius River. 1944: The last of a series of RAF bombing raids on Stuttgart that kill 900 and leave 100,000 homeless takes place. Lana Turner 1944: The Red Army reaches to the Baltic coast to the West of Riga, thereby cutting Army Group North off in Estonia and Eastern Latvia. 1944: The Orote Peninsula is secured on Guam. Lana Turner *Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace, Idaho. There is some discrepancy as to whether her birth date is February 8, 1920 or 1921. Lana herself said in her autobiography that she was one year younger (1921) than the records showed, but then this was a time where women, especially actresses, tended to "fib" a bit about their age. Most sources agree that 1920 is the correct year of birth. In 1929, her father was murdered and it was shortly thereafter her mother moved her and the family to California where jobs were "plentiful". Once she matured into a beautiful young woman, she sought after something that would last forever. Stardom. She wasn't found at a drug store counter like some would have you believe, but the legend persists. She pounded the pavement that other would be actors and actresses have done in search of movie roles. In 1937, Lana entered the movie world, at 17, with small parts in "They Won't Forget" (1937), "The Great Garrick" (1937), and "A Star Is Born" (1937). The films didn't bring Lana a lot of notoriety, but it was a start. In 1938, Lana had another small part in "Love Finds Andy Hardy" (1938) starring Mickey Rooney. It was this film that made young men's hearts all over America flutter at the sight of this alluring and provocative young woman, known as the "Sweater Girl". One look at that film could make you understand why. Lana was one of the most beautiful newcomers to grace the silver screen in years. By the 1940's Lana was firmly entrenched in the film colony. Good roles found her in such films as "Johnny Eager" (1942), "Somewhere I'll Find You" (1942), and "Week-End at the Waldorf" (1945). Lana Turner Her private life, however, was a super mess. It kept Lana in the news in a way no one would have wanted. Without a doubt it was career threatening. She was married eight times, twice to Steve Crane. She also married Ronald Dante, Robert Eaton, Fred May, Lex Barker, Henry Topping, and to Artie Shaw. She also battled alcoholism. Her daughter by Crane, Cheryl Crane, fatally stabbed boyfriend Johnny Stampanato in 1958. It was a case that would have rivaled the O.J. Simpson murder case today. Her daughter was acquitted with the court ruling it justifiable homicide. All these interfered with her acting career, but she persevered. The release of "Imitation of Life" (1959), a remake of a 1934 film, was Lana's comeback vehicle. Her performance was flawless as Lora Meredith, an actress struggling to make it in show business with a young daughter, her housekeeper and the housekeeper's rebellious daughter. The film was a box-office success and proved beyond a doubt that Lana had not lost her edge. By the 1960's, she had fewer roles coming her way with the rise of new and younger stars. She still turned in memorable roles in such films as "Portrait in Black" (1960) and "Bachelor in Paradise" (1961). By the next decade the roles were coming in at a trickle. Her last appearance in a big screen production was in "Witches' Brew" (1980). Her final film work came in the acclaimed TV series "Falcon Crest" (1981) where she played Jacqueline Perrault from 1982-1983. After all those years as a heartthrob, nothing had changed. Lana was still as beautiful as ever. Lana died June 25, 1995 in Culver City, California after a long bout with cancer. She was 75 years old. Pullman Ad - July 1945
  12. Donster

    Wednesday

    Morning all. 78F under clear skies. Today is still on track to be the hottest of the week. A Heat Advisory is in effect this afternoon into the early evening hours with heat index values around 100F-105F. Wildfire smoke continues to lead to hazy skies. High of 95F. Warm and muggy tonight with a low of 77F.
  13. AC Spark Plug Ad - July 1944 1940: All road and rail links between occupied France and Vichy cut by the Germans. 1940: Slovak President and Premier meet Hitler and von Ribbentrop at Berchtesgarden. *Rita Hayworth 1941: Finland ends diplomatic relations with Great Britain. 1941: German troops begin to clear Soviet forces trapped in the Smolensk pocket. Rita Hayworth 1941: 40,000 Japanese troops land on the coast of Cochin, China (modern day Vietnam). Japan freezes all US and UK assets in retaliations. 1942: The effect of the fall of Rostov spreads panic and terror in the Soviet Union, prompting harsh counter-measures by the Soviet High Command. Rita Hayworth 1943: The second mass raid on Hamburg by 722 RAF bombers results in nine square miles of city being set alight. 1943: The Japanese garrison of 6,000 troops are secretly evacuated from Kiska in the Aleutians. Coca-Cola Ad-July 1945 1944: U.S. troops take Coutances, thereby meeting the objectives laid down for 'Operation Cobra'. 1944: Brest-Litovsk, on the Polish frontier is taken by the Russians. More crossings over the Vistula are also made. Rita Hayworth 1945: A B-25 bomber crashes into the Empire State Building in New York City, killing 14 people. (MORE INFO) 1945: The remnants of Japanese battlefleet are destroyed in three days of attacks over the Japanese Inland Sea, as the Americans deploy 2,000 carrier-planes and bombers in action. Rita Hayworth *Margarita Carmen Cansino was born in New York on October 17, 1918 into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He immigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, was trained as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps. She joined her family on stage when she was 8 when her family was filmed in a movie called La fiesta (1926) (aka La Fiesta). It was her first film appearance, albeit uncredited, but by no means was it to be her last. Rita was seen dancing by a Fox executive and was impressed enough to offer her a contract. Rita's "second" debut was in the film Cruz Diablo (1934) at the age of 16. She continued to play small bit parts in several films under the name of "Rita Cansino" until she played the second female lead in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) when she played "Judy McPherson". By this time, she was at Columbia where she was getting top billing but it was the Warner Brothers film The Strawberry Blonde (1941) that seemed to set her apart from the rest of what she had previously done. This was the film that exuded the warmth and seductive vitality that was to make her famous. Rita Hayworth Her natural, raw beauty was showcased later that year in Blood and Sand (1941) filmed in Technicolor. She was probably the second most popular actress after Betty Grable. In You'll Never Get Rich (1941) with Fred Astaire, in 1941, was probably the film that moviegoers felt close to Rita. Her dancing, for which she had trained all her life, was astounding. After the hit Gilda (1946), her career was on the skids. Although she was still making movies, they never approached her earlier work. The drought began between The Lady from Shanghai (1947) and Champagne Safari (1952). Then after Salome (1953), she was not seen again until Pal Joey (1957). Part of the reasons for the downward spiral was television, but also Rita had been replaced by the new star at Columbia, Kim Novak. After a few, rather forgettable films in the 1960s, her career was essentially over. Her final film was The Wrath of God (1972). Her career was really never the same after Gilda (1946). Her dancing had made the film and had made her. Perhaps Gene Ringgold said it best when he remarked, "Rita Hayworth is not an actress of great depth. She was a dancer, a glamorous personality and a sex symbol. These qualities are such that they can carry her no further professionally". Perhaps he was right but Hayworth fans would vehemently disagree with him. Rita, herself, said, "Every man I have known has fallen in love with Gilda and wakened with me". By 1980, Rita was wracked with Alzheimer's Disease. It ravaged her so, that she finally died on May 14, 1987 in New York City. She was 68. Studebaker Ad - July 1945
  14. Donster

    Tuesday

    Morning all. 69F under clear skies with 78% humidity. Mostly sunny skies this afternoon with a high of 92F. Partly cloudy tonight with a few stray storms. Low of 70F. Heat advisory already issued for tomorrow. Heat index values of 105F plus expected.
  15. Vinco Ad - July 1943 1940: German aircraft sink destroyers Codrington at Dover and Wren off the Suffolk coast. 1940: Japan announces its plans for the creation of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. *Coleen Gray 1941: London is severely bombed by the Luftwaffe, in its first air raid for 10 weeks. 1941: German troops liberate Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Guderian's Panzer Group 2 is removed from its subordination to von Kluge's 4th Army and put directly under the control of Army Group Centre. This is due to severe disagreements between the von Kluge and Guderian, which are disabling operations. Fierce battles rage 25 miles to the east of Smolensk. Coleen Gray 1941: General Douglas MacArthur enjoys his first full day in command of all U.S. armed forces in the Far East. President Roosevelt later explains MacArthur's success; "Never underestimate a man who overestimates himself." 1942: German troops take Bataysk, and 6th Army launches an attack to destroy the soviet bridgehead west at Kalach. Nash-Kelvinator Ad - July 1943 1943: The liberation of Mussolini, the occupation of Rome and Italy, plus the capture of the Italian fleet is decided upon by the German High Command. Mussolini himself is transferred from Rome to the Island of Ponza. Heavy fighting continues in Sicily, leading Kesselring to order preparations for the evacuation of the island. 1944: U.S. troops breakthrough at St. Lo, forcing a general German withdrawal from Normandy toward the river Seine. Coleen Gray 1944: The Russians take Lvov, Dunaburg and Bialystok and secure a major bridgehead over the Magnuszew River. Further gains are also made in Baltic States. 1944: U.S. troops complete the liberation of Guam. Coleen Gray *Born Doris Bernice Jensen on October 23, 1922, Gray was a farmer's daughter from Staplehurst, Nebraska. After graduating from high school, she studied dramatics at Hamline University in Minnesota, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree. She then decided to see America and traveled to California, stopping at La Jolla, where she worked as a waitress. After several weeks there, she moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in a drama school. She had several leading roles in the Los Angeles stage productions "Letters to Lucerne" and "Brief Music", which won her a 20th Century Fox contract in 1944. After initially playing a bit part in "State Fair" (1945), she became pregnant and briefly stopped working, only to return a year later as the love interest of John Wayne in "Red River" (1948), which was shot in 1946 but held for release until 1948, by which time she had already graduated to leading roles in films noir like "Kiss of Death" (1947) opposite Victor Mature and "Nightmare Alley" (1947) opposite Tyrone Power. Gray appeared in two 1947 film noirs: "Kiss of Death", as ex-con Victor Mature's wife and Richard Widmark's target and "Nightmare Alley", as "Electra", Tyrone Power's carnival performer wife. In 1948, she appeared as John Wayne's love interest in the opening sequences of "Red River", but she was overshadowed by the men in Howard Hawks' western and from there, her career suffered. Fox ending her contract in 1950. Gray worked steadily in the 1950s. She played a crooked nurse in "The Sleeping City" (1950) and appeared in "Kansas City Confidential" (1952), and the Stanley Kubrick film noir "The Killing" (1956), in which she plays a lonely woman desperate for love. Other films included "Father Is a Bachelor" (1950), the cult horror film "The Leech Woman" (1960), "The Phantom Planet" (1961), and "P.J." (1968). She made only one film in the 70s, "The Late Liz" (1971). She also appeared in one in the 80s, the religious flick "Cry From the Mountain" (1986), produced by Billy Graham. She filmed "Forgotten Lady" (1977) in Houston, Texas and "Mother" (1978) with Patsy Ruth Miller. Mother had a premiere at Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Coleen Gray In 1964, along with actors Victor Jory and Susan Seaforth, Gray testified before the United States Congress as part of "Project Prayer", arguing in favor of Constitutional amendment allowing school prayer. From the 1950s, she guest starred in episodes of television series such as "Maverick", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Mr. Ed", "Rawhide", "77 Sunset Strip", "Bonanza", and "The Deputy", "Have Gun Will Travel", "Perry Mason", "Family Affair", "Ironside" and "The Name of the Game", among dozens of others. Gray married Rodney Amateau, a screenwriter, on August 10, 1945. They divorced on February 11, 1949. They had one daughter, Susan (born 1946). Her second husband was William Clymer Bidlack, an aviation executive. They were married from July 14, 1953 until his death in 1978. They have one child, a son named Bruce Robin Bidlack, born 1954. She has been married to Fritz Zeiser since 1979. They are involved with the non-profit volunteer organization Prison Fellowship, founded in 1976 by Chuck Colson (a former prisoner himself for his involvement in the Watergate scandal), which assists the church in ministering to prisoners and their families, as well as their victims. Gray died in her Bel Air, Los Angeles home on August 3, 2015, of natural causes. She was 92. She is buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA, beside her husband Fritz Zeiser, who predeceased her in March 2012. U.S. Army Air Force Ad - July 1944
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    Monday

    Morning all. 68F under clear skies. Mostly sunny today and humid. High of 88F.
  17. Oldsmobile Ad - July 1942 1940: Secretary-General of League of Nations, Joseph Avenol, resigns. 1941: Three Soviet armies are encircled and destroyed in the Mogilev area. 1941: 3,800 Jews killed during a pogrom by Lithuanians in Kovno. *Jean Simmons 1941: Italian motorboats attack Valetta harbour in Malta. All eight boats are sunk. 1941: General Sir Claude Auchinleck flies to London for talks about future offensive operations to relieve Tobruk. 1941: By Presidential order, all Japanese assets in the US are frozen, and all shipments of metal and petroleum are stopped. Jean Simmons 1941: British notice of denunciation of commercial agreements with Japan. 1941: AVG in China under Chennault with 100 planes. (WATCH US NEWSREEL) 1941: Proposal made for a neutral Indochina. 1941: New Philippine command under MacArthur. Jean Simmons 1942: An Australian attack at Alamein fails and the Eighth Army goes over to the defensive after taking 7,000 Axis prisoners. This concludes the first battle of El Alamein. 1942: Army Group A begins its advance from Rostov and the lower Don toward the Caucasus region. Oldsmobile Ad - July 1943 1943: Marshal Badoglio is appointed head of Italy by the Italian King after the arrest of Benito Mussolini. The Marshal immediately excludes all Fascists from his new cabinet and dissolves the Fascist Party. 1943: A number of Waffen SS divisions are ordered to be transferred from Russia to Italy, but only the 1st SS Panzer Division is actually redeployed. Jean Simmons 1944: Narva is finally captured by the Red Army. The Russians reach the Estonian border. 1944: President Roosevelt arrives in Hawaii for a conference on Pacific strategy with Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Admiral Chester Nimitz. FDR authorizes MacArthur's plan to liberate the Philippines instead of bypassing them, as desired by the Navy and Nimitz. Jean Simmons 1945: Components of the Atomic Bomb "Little Boy" are unloaded at Tinian Island in the South Pacific. 1945: Winston Churchill resigned as Britain's prime minister after his Conservatives were soundly defeated by the Labor Party. Clement Attlee became the new prime minister. Jean Simmons *Jean Merilyn Simmons was born on January 31, 1929 in Lower Holloway, London, England, to Charles Simmons and his wife Winifred (Loveland) Simmons; Jean was the youngest of four children; her siblings were Edna, Harold and Lorna. Simmons began acting at the age of 14. During World War II, the Simmons family was evacuated to Winscombe in Somerset. Her father, a physical education teacher (who had represented Great Britain in the 1912 Summer Olympics), taught briefly at Sidcot School, and sometime during this period Simmons followed her elder sister on to the village stage and sang songs such as "Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me a Bow Wow". Returning to London and just enrolled at the Aida Foster School of Dance, she was spotted by the director Val Guest, who cast her in the Margaret Lockwood vehicle "Give us the Moon" (1944). She went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions as "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945), "Black Narcissus" (1947) (as a sultry native beauty), Hamlet (1948) (playing Ophelia to Laurence Olivier's great Dane and earning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination), "The Blue Lagoon" (1949) and "So Long at the Fair" (1950), among others. In 1950 she married actor Stewart Granger and that same year starred in the Frank Sinatra/Marlon Brando musical "Guys and Dolls" (1955/I); she used her own singing voice and earned her first Golden Globe Award. Simmons divorced Granger in 1960 and almost immediately married writer-director Richard Brooks, who cast her as Sister Sharon opposite Burt Lancaster in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), a memorable adaptation of the Sinclair Lewis novel. That same year she costarred with Kirk Douglas in Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus" (1960) and played a would-be homewrecker opposite Cary Grant in "The Grass Is Greener" (1960). Off the screen for a few years, she captivated moviegoers with a brilliant performance as the mother in "All the Way Home" (1963), a literate, tasteful adaptation of James Agee's "A Death in the Family." After that, however, she found quality projects somewhat harder to come by, and took work in "Life at the Top" (1965), "Mister Buddwing" (1966), "Divorce American Style" (1967), "Rough Night in Jericho" (1967), "The Happy Ending" (1969) (a Richard Brooks film for which she was again Oscar-nominated, this time as Best Actress). Jean continued making films well into the 1970s. In the 1980s she mainly appeared in TV mini-series, such as "North and South" (1985) and "The Thorn Birds" (1983). Jean made a comeback to films in 1995 in "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) co-starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft, and most recently played the elderly Sophie in the English version of Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle" (2004). Here final appearance was in the film "Shadows in the Sun" (2009), a British independent movie in which she plays a strong, poetry-loving, terminally ill widow hanging on to her country home on the Norfolk coast in the 1960s. Jean died from lung cancer at home on January 22, 2010, nine days before her 81st birthday. Oldsmobile Ad - July 1944
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    Sunday

    Morning all. 74F under clear skies. More warm weather will be around for Sunday, though dew points will be significantly lower than the swampy conditions we experienced on Saturday. This means that heat indices will not be a major factor, but air temperatures alone will be warm enough in the upper 80s to low 90s. Sunny with a high of 92F.
  19. Chevrolet Ad - July 1943 1940: British claim 25 German planes downed in a day, the highest total so far. 1940: Reich Minster of Economics Funk outlines 'New Order' for Europe, with forced labor from occupied countries. Compulsory evacuation of women and children ordered from Gibraltar. Swiss Gen. Henri Guisan, commander of all Swiss forces, reacts to an appeasement-oriented speech by Federal President Marcel Pilet-Golaz by assembling 650 Swiss military officers in the Field of Rutli - the birthplace of Swiss independence - to make it clear the Swiss Army would resist any German or Italian invasion. "As long as in Europe millions stand under arms, and as long as important forces are able to attack us at any time, this army has to remain at its post." Pilet-Golaz and Berlin react with outrage, but Switzerland remains independent. 1940: Italy bombs the British naval base at Alexandria and the base at Haifa. *Vera Zorina 1941: Italian motorboats with 33 Italian naval assault troops attempt to enter Valletta harbor on the island of Malta to attack British ships, but are discovered. All eight boats are sunk with 15 men being killed and 18 taken prisoner. 1941: Finnish forces stop at the Tuulos River in Soviet Carelia because their flank is exposed. Vera Zorina 1941: Japan announces Indochina protectorate. It begins military occupation of bases July 28 to prepare for attack on Malay. 1941: United States, UK and Dominions freeze all Japanese assets. Vera Zorina 1942: Army Group A breaks out of its bridgeheads on the lower Don, along with the 4th Panzer Army which holds the eastern most of these. Army Group A drives south, whilst 4th Panzer Army attacks east and then north-east to link up with the rest of Army Group B as its advances towards Stalingrad. The South Front under General Malinovsky is being quickly shattered and the remnants are absorbed in to the North Caucasus Front, which is commanded by Marshal Budenny. Despite the lack of supplies are intense heat, the Germans make rapid progress. Further north, the 6th Army attempts to bounce its way across the river Don, but is initially repulsed and so waits for the 4th Panzer Army to arrive. Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - March 15, 1945 1943: German radio says that Hamburg is still burning (8am), leaving 100,000 homeless. The USAAF bomb the city again in daylight. The allies blitz Essen with 2,000 tons of bombs being dropped. 1943: Benito Mussolini is arrested by order of the Italian King. Marshal Badoglio, a First World War hero becomes Prime Minister, introduces martial law and incorporates the Fascist militia into the ordinary armed forces, thus ending the Fascist regime in Italy. Hitler orders German divisions rushed South in to Italy to disarm their former allies. Allied forces begin to face stiff resistance as they approach Messina. Autocar Truck Ad - July 1944 1944: 2,500 USAAF aircraft drop 4,150 tons of bombs on German and American positions near St. Lo, which kill 601 Americans. 1944: The US VII Corps launches 'Operation Cobra' in an attempt to breakout from the southern end of the Cherbourg peninsula, near St. Lo. The Canadians attack South of Caen. Goebbels becomes the 'Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War'. Vera Zorina 1944: Narva is evacuated by the Germans, who take up position along the Tannenberg position to the West. Soviet forces cut the road between Dvinsk and Riga in Latvia. The Second Tank Army reaches the Vistula, 40 miles West of Lublin. Lvov is surrounded and Soviet forces converge on Brest-Litovsk. 1944: 1,246 Japanese are killed in a Banzai charge on Tinian, another 3,000 die on Guam. Vera Zorina 1944: The British Eastern Fleet pounds the Japanese airfields and port at Sabang on Sumatra. 1945: A Proclamation to the Japanese people is issued by UK, U.S and China from Potsdam, which warns of devastation from the 'final blows' and calls for Japans unconditional surrender. Vera Zorina *Vera Zorina was born Eva Brigitta Hartwig in Berlin, Germany on January 2, 1917. Her father Fritz was a German and her mother Billie Hartwig was Norwegian. Both were professional singers. Zorina was brought up in Kristiansund where she debuted as a dancer at the Festiviteten, the oldest opera house in Norway. She received her education at the Lyceum for Girls in Berlin but was trained in dance by Olga Preobrajenska and Nicholas Legat. She was presented to Max Reinhardt at age 12 who cast her in his "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1929) and "Tales of Hoffman" (1931). A performance at London's Gaiety Theatre led to her entrance into the company of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1933. She changed her stage name to Vera Zorina when she joined the Ballet Russe. She won a lead role in the London company of "On Your Toes" (1937) and was seen by American film producer Samuel Goldwyn, who signed her to a seven year film contract. Between 1938 and 1946, she would appear in a number of Hollywood movie productions. She made her official debut with the musical "The Goldwyn Follies" (1938). That same year she increased her visibility ten-fold by marrying noted choreographer/director George Balanchine. She followed her film debut successfully recreating her role in the movie version of "On Your Toes" (1939) and then played the role of a faux countess in the comedy crime caper "I Was an Adventuress" (1940). She impressed on Broadway with "I Married an Angel" and even more so in the 1940 musical "Louisiana Purchase" before returning to Hollywood once again to perform in the movie version of "Louisiana Purchase" (1941) opposite Bob Hope. She was cast as Maria in what could have been the beginning of a dramatic career in the Oscar-winning "For Whom the Bell Tolls" (1943), but was abruptly replaced after only two weeks of shooting by Ingrid Bergman, an action that proved detrimental to her movie career. When the sudden surge of film offers began to wane after the releases of "Follow the Boys" (1944) with George Raft and "Lover Come Back" (1946) co-starring Lucille Ball and George Brent, she bade Hollywood a prompt goodbye. Vera Zorina Following her divorce from Ballanchine in 1946, she married Goddard Lieberson, president of Columiba Records and a social whirlwind ensued. The prominent couple went on to have two sons, Peter and Jonathan. In later years her lilting accent was used for narrations (in several different languages, including English, German and French) on several records and in tandem with numerous classical symphony orchestras and opera houses. She also directed a production of "Herod" for Norwegian TV. Vera was active with the Lincoln Center as an adviser and director and for several seasons directed operas at the Santa Fe Opera Company in New Mexico. Starting in 1948, Zorina was associated with Arthur Honegger's "Joan of Arc at the Stake", in which she played the title role in the first American performance with the New York Philharmonic under Charles Münch. She subsequently played the role many times, notably in the recorded performance from the Royal Festival Hall in June 1966 with the London Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa. In the 1970s, Vera Zorina was appointed director with the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (Den Norske Opera & Ballet). In later years, she was active with the Lincoln Center as an adviser and director and for several seasons directed operas at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico. In 1986, Vera Zorina completed her autobiography entitled Zorina (New York: Farrar Straus & Giroux. She died on April 9, 2003 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, of a cerebral hemorrhage, predeceased by her second husband and son Jonathan. National Dairy Products Corporation - July 1945
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    Saturday

    Morning all. 77F under partly sunny skies with 79% humidity and a dew point of 72F. Heat Advisory in effect until 7pm tonight. Dangerous heat for Saturday afternoon with heat index values up to 105F. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Winds WSW at 5-10 mph. High of 95F.
  21. Hamilton Watch Ad - July 1943 1940: Reports of Lancastria disaster released in London after Churchill's ban on the news lifted. 1940: Neutral French liner Meknes, taking 1,100 French sailors back to France, sunk by German E-boat 572: 400 killed. *Betty Field 1940: Red Cross estimates 5.5 million refugees in Vichy France. 1941: The U.S. government denounces Japanese actions in Indochina. US imposes a crude oil embargo on Japan. Betty Field 1942: Roosevelt agrees with Churchill that operation 'Gymnast' should proceed, whilst operation 'Sledgehammer' should be canceled. 1942: Rostov-on-Don is captured by the 1st Panzer Army, thus clearing the way for the advance of Army Group A toward the Caucasus and Kuban region. Large numbers of Russian troops are liquidated in and around Rostov after German troops have secured the city. Betty Field 1942: Finland approaches the United States, seeking its protection from the Soviets should Finland switch sides and join the allies. 1943: Operation 'Gomorrah' takes place when 746 RAF bombers drop 2,300 tons of bombs on Hamburg in 48 minutes, during which only 12 aircraft are lost. This tonnage is as much as Germans dropped in the five heaviest raids on London. Fires are visible for 200 miles. This is the first operational use of 'Window', (radar-jamming foil strips dropped by aircraft). Betty Field 1943: A battle-damaged USAAF B-17 Flying Fortress crash-lands in Sweden. Its ten-man crew becomes the first of nearly 1,000 American and other Allied airmen to be granted refuge in neutral Sweden during World War 2. 1943: A 10-hour meeting of fascist grand council passes a motion, 19 votes to 7, asking that the King of Italy takes over command of all Italian forces from Mussolini. 1943: The U.S. submarine Tinosa fires 15 torpedoes at a lone Japanese merchant ship, none detonate. Bond Batteries Ad - July 1945 1944: The River San is crossed by the Soviets to the northwest of Lvov. The Germans start evacuating Lvov. 1944: The Russians liberate Maidanek Concentration Camp near Lublin, where 360,000 people perished. 1944: The U.S. 4th Marine Division (15,000 men) lands on Tinian. Betty Field *Boston-born thespian Betty Field was born on February 8, 1913, the daughter of a salesman and his wife. Descendants on her father's side were Mayflower colonists Priscilla and John Alden. Her parents divorced while she was still young and Betty eventually learned to speak Spanish while traveling with her mother to various Spanish-speaking countries during her childhood. The pair settled in Newton, Massachusetts, after her mother remarried. Betty's passion for the theatre was sparked during her early teens and by 1932 she was enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her professional debut in a 1933 summer stock production of "The First Mrs. Fraser" and soon was cast in stage roles elsewhere. She even found work in a London theater production of "She Loves Me" in early 1934. Rather plaintive in appearance with flat but highly distinctive tones, Betty's Broadway debut came about as an understudy in the comedy "Page Miss Glory" in November of 1934, courtesy of George Abbott, in which Betty also had a minor role. Therafter she performed frequently in the comedy mold, and in the service of Abbott, with such delightful plays as "Three Men on a Horse (1935), "Boy Meets Girl" (1936) "Room Service" (1937) and "The Primrose Path (1939), and earning fine reviews for the last two. After seeing her performance on stage as Henry Aldrich's girlfriend Barbara in "What a Life" (1938), Paramount executives utilized her services when they transferred "What a Life" (1939) to film. The studio not only liked what they saw but signed her to a seven-year contract. Throughout the 1940s Betty appeared in a variety of leading ingénue and co-star roles. The important part of Mae, the farm girl, in John Steinbeck's classic "Of Mice and Men" (1939) starring Burgess Meredith and Lon Chaney was an early highlight, although it didn't provide her the necessary springboard for stardom. Part of the problem was that the rather reserved actress tended to shun the Hollywood scene (she still lived quietly with her mother). While performing for Abbott again on Broadway in "Ring Two" (1939), Betty met the show's playwright Elmer Rice and the couple married in 1942. Their three children, John Alden, Judith and Paul, would appear on occasion with their mother on the summer stock stage. Betty also enhanced husband Rice's plays "Flight to the West" (1940) and "A New Life" (1943), which were designed especially for her. Betty offered consistent, quality work even when the movies she appeared in met with less-than-stellar reviews. She was afforded the opportunity to work with some of Hollywood's finest leading men, including Fredric March in "Victory" (1940) and "Tomorrow, the World!" (1944), John Wayne in "The Shepherd of the Hills" (1941), Robert Cummings in "Flesh and Fantasy" (1943) and Joel McCrea in "The Great Moment" (1944). Tops on the list was her heart-tugging performance as the anguished daughter victimized by father Claude Rains in the classic soaper "Kings Row" (1942). Betty Field She purposely did not renew her Paramount contract at this point and, following another sterling performance in "The Southerner" (1945), took a long break from camera work. Back on Broadway, she appeared in such distinguished plays as "The Voice of the Turtle" and her husband's "Dream Girl" (Rice also directed) for career sustenance. She won the New York Drama Critics Circle award for the latter in 1946. Her Hedvig in Ibsen's "The Wild Duck" was also critically lauded. An isolated return to Paramount to play what should have been a career highlight ended up a major disappointment,. While her Daisy Buchanan in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (1949) had mixed reviews (some felt she was miscast and not glamorous enough for the part), the movie itself (which was extensively trimmed) and her underwhelming co-star Alan Ladd were also cited as problems. Still a marquee value on Broadway, however, she displayed great range in such fare as "Twelfth Night", "The Rat Race", "Peter Pan" (taking over for Jean Arthur), "The Fourposter" (she and Burgess Meredith replaced Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn) and "Ladies of the Corridor" Betty's soulful features took on a hardened, careworn veneer by the time she returned to Hollywood in the mid-1950's. Nevertheless, she had a "Field" day as a character player appearing in a number of drab, dressed-down roles. She lent credence to a number of fascinatingly flawed small-town moms and matrons in films, among them cream-of-the-crop hits "Picnic" (1955), starring Kim Novak, "Bus Stop" (1956) with Marilyn Monroe and "Peyton Place" (1957) headlining Lana Turner and Hope Lange. The stage plays "The Seagull", "Waltz of the Toreadors", "Touch of the Poet" and "Separate Tables" also accentuated this newly mature phase of her career. TV took up a large percentage of Betty's time in the 1950s and 1960s with a number of showcase roles. She continued at a fairly steady pace but without much fanfare (as she preferred). Divorced from Rice in 1956, she married and split from lawyer and criminologist Edwin J. Lukas before settling down permanently with husband/artist Raymond Olivere in 1968. Betty's swan song in films was a small, featured part in Clint Eastwood's "Coogan's Bluff" (1968) as a floozie type, looking noticeably older than she was. Mixing in such stalwart, brittle roles on stage as Amanda in "The Glass Menagerie" and Birdie in "The Little Foxes", she made one of her last theater appearances in the difficult role of the mother in "The Effect of Gamma Rays on "Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" in 1971. Betty suffered a fatal cerebral hemorrhage in Hyannis, Massachusetts in 1973, just as she was about to leave and film "The Day of the Locust" (1975). Cast in the flashy role of "Big Sister", an evangelist, her part was taken over by Geraldine Page. At age 60, Hollywood lost a somewhat undervalued talent who enjoyed the work more than the stardom that often accompanied it. Ethyl Corporation Ad - July 1945
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    Friday

    Morning all. 75F under clear skies with 87% humidity. Friday, hot and humid with hazy but sunny skies. Temperatures push into the 90s with that heat index near 95. High temp of 88F. Heat index to climb into the 100F degree range for the weekend.
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