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This Day in WWII 17 November 1939 - 1943


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1939: The Supreme Allied War Council agrees on the co-ordination of British and French war production. It is also decided that if the Germans should invade Belgium, then both British and French troops will move forward in to Belgium to defend the Albert Canal, River Meuse and the River Dyle, which were strong positions from which to meet any German attack. However, the Belgium government refuses to allow Allied reconnaissance parties in to country for fear of provoking the Germans.

1939: The funeral of Czech Jan Opletal becomes the occasion for a large student demonstration. The Germans strike back ruthlessly, sentencing nine student leaders to death, closing the Czech universities, and sending 1200 students to concentration and labour camps. (MORE INFO)

Eva%20Gabor1.jpg *Eva Gabor

1941: German Luftwaffe general and World War I fighter-ace Ernst Udet commits suicide. The Nazi government tells the public that he died in a flying accident.

1941: The Germans establish the post of Reichskommissariat Ostland under Alfred Rosenberg, to administer the recently conquered territories in the east. Siberian troops are heavily engaged in front of Moscow.

Eva%20Gabor2.jpg Eva Gabor

1941: A British night commando raid on what is thought to be Rommel's HQ at Breda Littoria in the Jebel Akhdar in Libya, fails when it is found to be only a logistical HQ and that Rommel is away on a visit to Rome. Also, the SAS raid on axis airfields fails when the transport aircraft are blown off course by a sandstorm.

1941: Chiang Kai-shek urges the western democracies to take urgent action against Japan.

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1942: British paratroops engage German troops in Tunisia, while the first clashes occur between the newly landed U.S. and German forces.

Eva%20Gabor3.jpg Eva Gabor

1943: A Storm of protest erupts in Britain over the release of Sir Oswald Mosley, the British fascist, on health grounds.

1943: The Russian Sixtieth Army takes Korosten, 100 miles West of Kiev.

Eva%20Gabor4.jpg Eva Gabor

*Eva Gabor was a Hungarian-born socialite and actress. Born as Éva Gábor on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, the last daughter of Vilmos Gábor (18841962), a soldier, and Jolie Gábor (18941997). Eva was the first Gabor sister to emigrate to the United States. She moved with her first husband, Swedish physician, Dr. Eric Drimmer. Her first movie role was a bit part in "Forced Landing" at Paramount Pictures. She acted in movies and on the stage throughout the 1950s. In 1965, she commenced her best known role in the TV sitcom "Green Acres", a Paul Henning production in which she portrayed Lisa Douglas, the New York wife of Oliver Wendell Douglas played by Eddie Albert who left New York City to live on a farm. This was a hit show for six seasons, ending in 1971.

In later years, she did notable voice-over work for Disney movies, providing the European-accented voices of "Duchess in The Aristocats", Miss Bianca in "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under", and the Queen of Time in the Sanrio film, "Nutcracker Fantasy".

She was also a successful businesswoman marketing the "Eva Gabor Wigs" and "The Eva Gabor Look". Her elder sisters, Zsa Zsa Gabor and the late Magda Gabor, were also actresses and socialites.

Like her sisters, Eva Gabor was known for her string of marriages; she had five:

1. Eric Drimmer (19391942) (divorced) osteopath.

2. Charles Isaacs (27 September 1943 2 April 1949) (divorced) realtor

3. John Williams (8 April 1956 20 March 1957) (divorced) plastic surgeon

4. Richard Brown (4 October 19591972) (divorced)

5. Frank Gard Jameson (21 September 19731983) (divorced)

All of the marriages were childless.

Eva had a second home in Baja, Mexico, and in June of 1995, she went there with friends, to vacation for a week. On June 20th, she "ate a bad piece of fruit," and contracted viral pneumonia. The condition made Eva so weak, she became disoriented, and she collapsed on a staircase in her house, fell and broke her hip. Unable to get a plane back immediately, and probably not wanting to risk a Mexican hospital, her friends called Merv Griffin, who was "devastated" at the news. He provided a private jet to whisk Eva to Cedars Sinai Medical Center, in LA, the next day.

Eva%20Gabor5.jpg Eva Gabor

By the time she was admitted into Cedars on June 21st, her condition had worsened. She had fluid in her lungs, and a fever. Upon further examination, a blood clot was discovered. Doctors put her on antibiotics for the pneumonia, and heparin for the clotting. She was also breathing with the assistance of a respirator, and heavily medicated for the hip pain. Eventually, Eva became comatose. When her condition showed no signs of improvement - family and friends prepared for the worst. Eva finally died in her fifth floor room at Cedars Sinai. It was 10:05 AM on Tuesday, July 4th, 1995. She was 76 years old.

Although the youngest of the three sisters, she was the first of them to die. On April 1, 1997, her 102-year-old mother, Jolie, died, unaware of Eva's death. On June 6, 1997, her eldest sister Magda died from renal failure.

Eva Gabor is interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. She is buried near her Green Acres co-star Eddie Albert, who died on May 26, 2005, at the age of 99.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 36-22-36 (upon arrival from Hungary in 1940) (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 2 1/2" (1.59 m)

Lived platonically with Merv Griffin, creator of the "Wheel of Fortune" (1983) game show, for several years up until her death.

Credited with the quote "Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once."

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