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This Day in WWII 14 March 1939 - 1945 *1936


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1939: The Nazis dissolve the republic of Czechoslovakia.

1942: US troops arrive in Australia in force.

Karin-Kay%20Booth1.jpg **Karin/Kay Booth

1943: The Germans armored forces recapture Kharkov.

1943: The Krakow Ghetto is liquidated.

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1943: The Royal Navy Submarine Thetis, now renamed Thunderbolt is sunk by the Italian corvette Cicogna, off Sicily.

1944: The British are forced to withdraw towards Imphal in Assam, while fighting a bitter rearguard action.

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1945: RAF Bomber Command make its first use of the 22,000lb 'Grand Slam' bomb, wrecking the Bielefeld viaduct.

1945: The US 15th Air Force, taking off from Italian airfields, launches a heavy raid (500 bombers) against Regensburg, while the RAF attacks Wuppertal with 400 aircraft.

Karin-Kay%20Booth3.jpg Karin/Kay Booth

1945: The U.S. Third Army crosses the Moselle, Southwest of Koblenz.

1945: German counterattacks to recapture the oilfields near Lake Balaton come to an end. The Red Army cuts all communications between Königsberg and the German forces fighting in the Braunsberg pocket.

Karin-Kay%20Booth4.jpg Karin/Kay Booth

1945: U.S. troops begin mopping up on Iwo Jima and launch heavy attacks in the North of the island.

*1936: Adolf Hitler tells a crowd of 300,000 that Germany's only judge is God and itself.

Karin-Kay%20Booth5.jpg Karin/Kay Booth

**Karin Booth was born June Francis Hoffman on the 19th of June, 1916 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Under the name of June Francis, she becomes a Hollywood photographers model, then in April 1941 is signed by Paramount. They change her name to Katharine Booth. She will go into the acting school at the studio. Moving to MGM in 1942, she changed her screen name to Karin Booth and was given the standard studio "star" build-up.

On April 30th, 1942 is among the show people of the "Hollywood Victory Caravan" (1) hosted by Eleanor Roosevelt at the White House, Washington, D.C. The others are Oliver Hardy, Joan Blondell, Charlotte Greenwood, Charles Boyer, Rise Stevens, Desi Arnaz, Frank McHugh, Matt Brooks, James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Juanita Stark, Alma Carroll, Merle Oberon, Eleanor Powell, Arleen Whelan, Marie McDonald, Fay McKenzie, Frances Gifford, Frances Langford, Elyse Knox, Cary Grant, Claudette Colbert, Bob Hope, Joan Bennett, Bert Lahr, Jack Rose, Stan Laurel, Jerry Colonna, and Groucho Marx.

In April 1948 Booth announces plans to marry Allan P. Carlisle. Carlisle is one of three sons of socially prominent New Yorker Jay F. Carlisle, head of Wall Street brokers Carlisle, Mellick & Company, and his wife Mary P., and a grandson of the founder of the Pinkerton Detective Agency. In March 1932 he hit the news when the press learned that he married New York taxi-dance Cinderella Romaine Fleming against his family's wishes in December 1931. The marriage ended in Reno in November 1935.

In September 1946, as Kay Booth, she's one of 12 "fortunate girls selected to appear as 'glorified girls,' in true Ziegfeld tradition," in the upcoming "Ziegfeld Follies".

In May 1948 the exclusive social set of Palm Beach, Florida, is reported abuzz over her romance with Carlisle. "Carlisle, recently divorced, is a noted yachtsman. The 27-year-old actress will wed under her legal name, June Francis Hoffman."

Karin-Kay%20Booth6.jpg Karin/Kay Booth

On June 1st, 1948 marries Allan Pinkerton Carlisle, sportsman of Palm Beach, Florida, and East Islip, New York, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Byron Ramsing in Palm Beach, Florida. He's 36; she's 32; the press gives her age as 27. Carlisle will sell the big yacht on which they honeymoon off Florida, and he will settle with Karen in Hollywood. She wants to continue her movie career.

After acquitting herself nicely in MGM's "The Unfinished Dance" (1947) and "The Big City" (1948), Karin was dropped by the studio for reasons that remain unclear. Karin Booth continued working in films into the 1950s, usually in such lower-berth programmers as "The Cariboo Trail" (1950), "Tobor the Great" (1955) and "The World Was His Jury" (1958); she retired in 1959.

As Karen Booth Carlisle, she dies on July 27th, 2003 at age 87 in Jupiter, Florida.

(1)The Hollywood Victory Caravan was a three-week railroad journey of 1942 that brought a number of famous performers across the United States to raise money for war bonds. Along the way there were numerous stops, which coincided with parades, performances, and other events. Some performers were present for the entire journey, others joined or left as their schedules permitted.

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