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This Day in WWII 27 November 1939 - 1944


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RayovacAd-Nov1943.jpg RAY-O-VAC Batteries Ad - November 1943

1939: Australia and Britain establish the Empire Air Training Scheme.

1939: The Scharnhorst and Gneisenau put in to Wilhelmshaven after returning from their successful sortie in to the North Atlantic.

Sandra%20Dee1.jpg *Sandra Dee

1940: The British Admiralty decides to send the Battleship Ramillies and 2 Cruisers from the Mediterranean fleet to reinforce the Atlantic fleet. They are to sail to Malta with a supply convoy, link up with Force H and then sail onto Gibraltar. Just as the reach the rendezvous point, Ramillies, the 2 Cruisers, the Aircraft Carrier Ark Royal and 10 Destroyers are intercepted by Admiral Campioni's squadron of 2 Battleships, 7 Cruisers and 16 Destroyers. However, as soon as the Battleship Renown from Force H joined in, the Italians withdrew with 1 Cruiser and 2 Destroyers damaged, while the British suffered damage to the heavy cruiser HMS Berwick.

1940: Romanian extremists, 'Iron Guard', begin murder campaign with 64 'executions'.

Sandra%20Dee2.jpg Sandra Dee

1941: German Panzers only 19 miles from Moscow. Some armed patrols have penetrated in to the western suburbs of the city and managed to get a good look at the Kremlin.

1941: Soviet troops retake Rostov.

RayovacAd-Nov1944.jpg RAY-O-VAC Batteries Ad - November 1944

1941: The Tobruk garrison links up the the New Zealand Division of the Eighth Army at El Duda. Rommel forces, now under constant attack by the RAF is forced to turn his forces around in order to deal with this new development. Gondar, the last Italian held town in East Africa surrenders to British forces after a tough battle. The Italian commander, General Nasi surrenders 23,500 men, while the British suffer 500 casualties.

1941: Japan rejects the USA's demand for their withdrawal of forces from China. US Pacific forces put on war alert.

Sandra%20Dee3.jpg Sandra Dee

1942: Army Group Don under Manstein is formed to relieve Stalingrad.

1942: British troops are only 22 miles from Tunis.

1942: The French scuttle 79 warships docked at Toulon as German troops enter the City, but four submarines manage to escape.

Sandra%20Dee4.jpg Sandra Dee

1943: The British 8th Army begins an offensive across the Sangro river.

Sandra%20Dee5.jpg Sandra Dee

1944: The Red Army breaks through the German-Hungarian defensive lines and captures Mohacs.

1944: The German ship 'Rigel' is sunk. Over 2570 are drowned, most of them prisoners of war.

1944: B-29 bombers from Saipan again pound Tokyo, but this time the Japanese reply with raids against the U.S. airbases on Saipan.

Sandra%20Dee6.jpg Sandra Dee

*Sandra Dee was born Alexandria Zuck on April 23, 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey. Her mother envisioned a show business career for her daughter and would often lie about her age in order to get Sandy where she wanted to go. For example, her mother enrolled her in school early so she could have a head start. Sandy was only four years old when she entered the second grade. Sandra was an extremely pretty young lady, which enabled her to get into modeling. In fact, she was already very successful at her craft by the time she was 12 years old. This in turn led to television commercials for local companies, an added benefit for the young model. Through her mother's prodding and the talent scouts, Sandra was signed to do a movie when she was 14 called "Until They Sail" (1957), released in 1957. While the film didn't exactly top the charts, it would lay the foundation for Sandra's career.

The new young actress was then signed to two more films for 1958, "The Reluctant Debutante" (1958) and "The Restless Years" (1958), the latter with a young actor, John Saxon. In 1959, Sandra appeared in five productions with "Gidget" (1959) and "A Summer Place" (1959) being the two most popular. Sandra was 17 years old and becoming the heartthrob of teenage boys all across America. In 1960, Sandra appeared in only one film, "Portrait in Black" (1960), but is remembered by her for something else. She married teen idol Bobby Darin in December of that year. It may have sunk a few teen boys' hearts, but most still were enamored of her. Her work, once again, took off. The 1961 releases were "Come September" (1961), "Romanoff and Juliet" (1961), and as Tammy Tyree in "Tammy Tell Me True" (1961). Sandra had replaced the ever-popular Debbie Reynolds in the "Tammy" series, but the film and its 1963 sequel, "Tammy and the Doctor" (1963), didn't do all that well at the box-office. The films were now slowing for Sandra. The last few that she made were "I'd Rather Be Rich" (1964), "That Funny Feeling" (1965), "A Man Could Get Killed" (1966), "Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidding!" (1967), and "Rosie!" (1967). Her career was effectively over at age 26. She had divorced Bobby Darin in 1967 and it was hard to get a role in films when she was looked at as a divorcée rather than a competent actress who could play parts other than a teenager. Sandra did nail down the part of "Nancy Wagner" in 1970's "The Dunwich Horror" (1970). In the 70s, Dee made a few appearances in made for Television movies, but it was the film Grease (1978) that made her famous to a new generation. While she was not in the film, one of the popular songs was "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee". Sandra played in her last film for the silver screen, "Lost" (1983).

Dee's adult years were marked by ill health. She admitted that for most of her life she battled anorexia nervosa, depression and alcoholism. In 2000, it was reported that she had been diagnosed with several ailments, including throat cancer and kidney disease. She died of kidney complications on February 20, 2005 at the Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.


Measurements: claims she rapidly developed as a girl and wore a 34D bra as a teen. (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)



The Queen of Teens


Had one child, a son, Dodd Mitchell Cossotto (aka Dodd Darin) with Bobby Darin.

Consolidated%20Vultee%20Ad-November1944. Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Ad - November 1944

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