Jump to content

This Day in WWII 11 April 1940 - 1945


Recommended Posts

WesternElectric-April1943.jpg Western Electric Ad - April 1943

1940: Royal Navy sub Spearfish puts pocket battleship Lutzow out of action for a year.

1940: King Haakon of Norway appeals to all Norwegians to fight. RAF raid Stavanger airfield on Norway's west coast.

PatriciaMedina1.jpg *Patricia Medina

1941: U.S. begins neutrality patrols in the Atlantic.

1941: German bombers blitz Conventry, England.

PatriciaMedina2.jpg Patricia Medina

1942: Sixteen colleges in the Midwest, including Ohio State, the University of Minnesota, and Iowa State, announces they will accept any Japanese-American students who are forced to transfer from universities on the West Coast.

1942: The Russians try to land troops near Eupatoria in Krim, but are stopped dead by the Germans. Progress continues as German relieve forces push nearer the surrounded Kholm garrison.

1942: Detachment 101 of the OSS, a guerrilla force, is activated in Burma.

PatriciaMedina3.jpg Patricia Medina

1943: The British First Army takes Kalrouan, 100 miles South of Tunis.

1944: A U.S. Delegate hands the Swiss a cheque for $1m as reparations for the accidental bombing of Schaffhausen.

1944: An RAF Mosquito raid, hits the Gestapo HQ in the Hague.

PatriciaMedina4.jpg Patricia Medina

1944: Russian troops capture Kerch in the Crimea. While units of the 4th Ukrainian Front liberate Dsjankoi.

1944: The majority of New Britain is now held by the Allies.

PatriciaMedina5.jpg Patricia Medina

1945: The U.S. Third Army takes the historic town of Weimar. The British Second Army takes Celle, 30 miles Northeast of Hanover, cutting the road to Hamburg. The U.S. Ninth Army capture Essen, Bochum and Goslar in the Harz Mountains. The U.S. Seventh Army reaches Schweinfurt, 80 miles to the East of Frankfurt.

1945: The Russians now reaches the centre of Vienna, capturing the parliament and townhall buildings.

PatriciaMedina6.jpg Patricia Medina

*Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1920 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and English mother. She began acting as a teenager late in the 1930s. She worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, whereupon she was requested to come to Hollywood.

Medina's most notable films are "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion" (1950), with Donald O'Conner in "Francis" (The Talking Mule - 1950), "Fortunes of Captain Blood" (1950).

In "Fortunes of Captain Blood" she up with the British and dashing Louis Hayward, with whom she successfully co-starred in a total of four films, including "The Lady and the Bandit" (1951), "Lady in the Iron Mask" (1952) and "Captain Pirate" (1952).

Darkly beautiful, Medina was often typecast in period melodrama films such as "The Black Knight". Two standouts, though, were William Witney's "Stranger at My Door" (1956), and Orson Welles' companion piece to Citizen Kane, "Mr. Arkadin" (1955), a follow-up to "The Third Man", based on the radio series "The Lives of Harry Lime" (1951-1952).

She was prolific during the 1950s but her film career petered out at the end of the decade. She took part in four episodes of Walt Disney's "Zorro" (1958) as Margarita (The Gay Caballero). She later returned to the screen in Robert Aldrich's adaptation of the lesbian-themed drama, "The Killing of Sister George" in 1968.

She and her husband, actor Joseph Cotten, starred together on tour in several plays, and on Broadway, in the murder mystery "Calculated Risk". Her appearances on television include an episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" entitled "See the Monkey Dance" (original air date November 9, 1964).

Medina died at age 92 on 28 April 2012, from natural causes at the Barlow Respiratory Hospital in Los Angeles, California. She is interred at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia, USA, beside Joseph Cotten.

WesternElectric-April1945.jpg Western Electric Ad - April 1945

Link to comment
Share on other sites


  • Create New...