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This Day in WWII 20 January 1941 - 1945


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KodakAd-Jan1943.jpg Kodak Ad - January 1943

1941: Compulsory fire watching duty introduced in Great Britain.

1941: With Hitler's tacit support, Marshal Antonescu suppresses a rebellion by the Iron Guard in Romania.

1941: Emperor Haile Selassie crosses the Abyssinian border at Um Idla.

Julie%20Adams1.jpg *Julie Adams

1942: In the Wannsee suburb of Berlin, the formal adoption of the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Problem' takes place. In practice this meant that all Jews in occupied Europe were to be transported to the east. The able bodied were worked until they died, while the remainder were put to death.

1942: British troops capture Benghazi.

1942: The Japanese 55th Division crosses the Thai-Burmese border from Raheng. They quickly threaten Moulmein in Burma, using the same tactics as in Malaya of outflanking British forces through the Jungle.

Julie%20Adams2.jpg Julie Adams

1943: Daylight raid by the Luftwaffe hits a school in London, killing 44 children and one teacher.

1943: Russian progress continues in the Caucasus.

USArmyAirForceRecruitmentAd-Jan1944.jpg U.S. Army Air Force Recruitment Ad - January 1944

1944: The RAF makes its heaviest raid on Berlin, with 700 bombers dropping more than 2,300 tons during the 11th raid of the 'Battle of Berlin'.

1944: Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder is appointed Deputy Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Force.

1944: Allied forces in Italy begin unsuccessful operations to cross the Rapido River and seize Cassino.

1944: The Red Army recaptures Novgorod.

Julie%20Adams3.jpg Julie Adams

1945: The French First Army under de Lattre attacks against the Colmar Pocket in Alsace.

1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term.

1945: The Allies sign a truce with the Hungarians.

Julie%20Adams4.jpg Julie Adams

*Julie Adams was born Betty May Adams on October 17, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa. Although born in the Hawkeye State, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, "Hansel and Gretel". Deciding to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios' casting departments. Her first movie role was playing a starlet, appropriately enough, in Paramount's "Red, Hot and Blue" (1949), followed by a leading role in the Lippert Western "The Dalton Gang" (1949). Over a period of five weeks, she appeared in six more quickie Lippert Westerns. Adams' first big show biz break was at Universal, when she appeared in a screen test opposite All-American footballer Leon Hart, a Detroit Lions end. It was Hart who was being considered by the studio, but the gridiron star flopped while Universal execs flipped over Adams. The studio changed her first name from Betty to Julia (and later to Julie).

Adams was featured as the bathing beauty Kay Lawrence in 1954's "Creature from the Black Lagoon". In fact, she has been cast in many leading roles in other good films, notably "Bend in the River" (1952), "The Private War of Major Benson" (1955), "The Mississippi Gambler" (1953), "Bright Victory" (1951) and "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" (1957). Miss Adams feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with such wonderful co-stars as Jimmy Stewart, Tyrone Power, Arthur Kennedy, Rock Hudson, Charlton Heston, Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Glen Ford, and Van Heflin. If she had to pick a favorite leading man, it would be her co-star in "Bend in the River", Jimmy Stewart. She just loved the job playing his wife on his TV show "The Jimmy Stewart Show" years later. "Going to work with Jimmy Stewart every day," she said, "Was my idea of heaven." She really feels blessed to have been able to work as an actress in such an interesting variety of roles and with such talented people.

Julie%20Adams5.jpg Julie Adams

Julie Adams was at one time married to actor/director Ray Danton. Adams and husband Ray Danton worked together a number of times in film and on television. In addition to being in the films "The Looters" (1955) and "Tarawa Beachhead" (1958), Adams and Danton guest starred on a January 1972 episode of "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" entitled "The Miracle at Camafeo", and Ray Danton directed his wife in the 1975 horror flick "Psychic Killer".

Later in her career, she played guest starring roles for television, including "Maverick", "The Man and the Challenge", "The Rifleman", "Bonanza", "The Gallant Men", "77 Sunset Strip", "12 O'Clock High", and as real estate agent "Eve Simpson" on "Murder, She Wrote".

Julie Adams was married to screenwriter Leonard Stern from 1951 to 1953. She then married actor/director Ray Danton from 1954 until 1981; they had two sons: Steven Danton, an assistant director, and Mitchell Danton, an editor.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 35-25-36 (source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Universal publicity in the '50s claimed that her legs won an award as "the most perfectly symmetrical in the world" and that they were insured for $125,000.

KodakAd-Jan1945.jpg Kodak Ad - January 1945

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1942: In the Wannsee suburb of Berlin, the formal adoption of the 'Final Solution to the Jewish Problem' takes place. In practice this meant that all Jews in occupied Europe were to be transported to the east. The able bodied were worked until they died, while the remainder were put to death.

There is so much physical evidence of Hitler's brutality against the Jews, I do not understand how people can claim that it never happened. Then again, there are still people out there that think the earth is flat.

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