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This Day in WWII 29 January 1940 - 1945


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milkywaycandyadjan1943.jpg Milky Way Candy Ad - January 1943

1940: The Soviet Union reopens negotiations with Finland through Sweden and indicates that it may withdraw its support for Otto Kuusinen's puppet government should the Finns come to terms.

1940: The Finnish 9th Division launches an attack with the aim of destroying the Russian 54th Division in Kuhmo.

lifejan291940.jpg *Lana Turner

1941: In Washington, the US and British military leaders begin secret staff talks regarding co-ordination of a common war policy against Germany.

1941: South African forces enter Italian Somaliland.

1941: Greek Premier, General. Metaxis dies aged 70. M. A. Korizis takes over.

lanaturner5.jpg Lana Turner

1942: RAF Bomber Command mount an attack to sink the Tirpitz, while she is at anchor in Trondheim. The raid is unsuccessful as the Tirpitz survives unscathed.

1942: German forces capture Benghazi, along with a large quantity of supplies.

lanaturner4.jpg Lana Turner

1943: A rally in Berlin to mark the 10th anniversary of Hitler coming to power and addressed by senior Nazi leaders including Goering and Goebbels, is interrupted several times by six raiding Mosquitoes of Nos. 105 and 139 Sqns.

1943: In a night-time attack on Hamburg, aircraft of the Pathfinder Force use the H2S bombing radar for the first time.

lanaturner3.jpg Lana Turner

1943: Admiral Dönitz takes over from Admiral Raeder as C-in-C of the German Navy.

1943: Dr. Ernst Kaltenbrunner is appointed the successor to Heydrich.

lanaturner2.jpg Lana Turner

1943: Nazis order all Gypsies arrested and sent to extermination camps.

1943: Advance units of the Eighth Army cross the Tunisian frontier from Libya.

1943: Japanese aircraft attack Wau airfield, New Guinea.

lanaturner.jpg Lana Turner

1944: The Luftwaffe bombs London, while 800 USAAF bombers drop 1,800 tons of bombs on Frankfurt am Main and Ludwigshafen. The RAF hit Berlin for the 14th time.

1944: The world's greatest warship, Missouri, is launched.

1945: The allied thrust into Rhineland continues with the capture of Oberhausen, 10 miles Northeast of Duisberg. Quisling meets Hitler in Berlin for the last time.

lanaturner6.jpg 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" (1941), "Somewhere I'll Find You" (1942), and "Week-End at the Waldorf" (1945). 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.


Measurements: 34C-25-34 ("The Sweater Girl" -1940), 35 1/2C-24 1/2-36 (from "Movieland Pin-Ups"- 1954), 34C-26-38 (from her autobiography), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)


Ronald Pellar (9 May 1969 - 26 January 1972) (divorced)

Robert P. Eaton (22 June 1965 - 1 April 1969) (divorced)

Frederick May (27 November 1960 - 15 October 1962) (divorced)

Lex Barker (8 September 1953 - 22 July 1957) (divorced)

Henry J. Topping, Jr. (26 April 1948 - 12 December 1952) (divorced)

Stephen Crane (14 March 1943 - 21 August 1944) (divorced) 1 child

Stephen Crane (17 July 1942 - 4 February 1943) (annulled)

Artie Shaw (13 February 1940 - 12 September 1940) (divorced)

Although diagnosed with throat cancer in 1992, Turner continued to smoke until almost the very end of her life.

1024.jpg?md=1327831891000 Nash-Kelvinator Ad - January 1944

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