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This Day in WWII 7 April 1940 - 1945


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1940: The RAF spots units of the Kriegsmarine steaming North towards Narvik and Trondheim loaded with troops and equipment.

1941: British war budget raises income tax.

1941: Germans break towards Salonika.

1941: Great Britain severs diplomatic relations with Hungary.

JoanDixon1.jpg *Joan Dixon

1941: German troops capture Skopje in Macedonia forcing the Yugoslav forces to withdraw in the south of the country, which exposes the Greek flank. British promise allegiance to Yugoslavia.

1941: Derna is captured by the 5th Light Afrika Division along with Generals Neame and O'Connor later in the day.

1942: The U.S. Treasury lends 40,000 tons of silver to Electric Generator plants to replace copper being used in conductors; the copper will be used for military production instead.

1942: After 4 days of desperate fighting on Bataan, the Japanese have managed to penetrate 4 miles in to the US-Filipino lines, bringing General Wainwright's forces to the brink of collapse.

JoanDixon2.jpg Joan Dixon

1943: Hitler spends the better part of four days at Klessheim Castle near Salzburg (which has recently been refurbished as a Nazi Party conference center and spa) alternately browbeating and cajoling Mussolini to keep Italy in the war. Concerned by Mussolini's evaporating morale, Hitler spends the rest of April summoning to Klessheim the leaders Vichy France, Norway, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia and Croatia for a series of pep talks. With the war's tide clearly turning against the Axis, the Fuhrer has limited success.

1943: Eighth Army joins up with the U.S. 2nd Corps in central Tunisia, while the British First Army makes progress in the North forming a solid line against the German army.

1943: The Japanese air force begins a 10-day, round-the-clock bombing offensive against US shipping in the Solomon's.

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1944: Goebbels takes overall control of Berlin.

1944: Two Jewish inmates escape from Auschwitz-Birkenau and make it safely to Czechoslovakia. One of them, Rudolf Vrba, submits a report to the Papal Nuncio in Slovakia which is forwarded to the Vatican.

JoanDixon&CleoMoore.jpg Joan Dixon & Cleo Moore

1945: The U.S. First Army takes Göttingen, 25 miles Northeast of Kassel. The US Ninth Army captures Hameln and Eisenach.

1945: Army Group Centre under General Schörner continues with its attacks against the 2nd and 4th Ukrainian front.

1945: In Yugoslavia, German Army Group E under General Löhr evacuates it remaining troops from Sarajevo.

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1945: The battle of East China Sea begins as U.S. aircraft from Task Force 58 sink the Japanese super-battleship Yamato in a three-hour battle, 60 miles to the Southeast of Japan. Japanese casualties are reported as 2,488 sailors killed, four destroyers sunk, 58 aircraft destroyed.

1945: B29s fly their first fighter-escorted mission against Japan with P-51 Mustangs based on Iwo Jima.

JoanDixon3.jpg Joan Dixon

*Joan Dixon was born in Norfolk, Virginia on June 6, 1930. She is known for her role in the film noir, "Roadblock" (1951).

Dixon's career, while under contract at RKO Pictures, was in the hands of Howard Hughes. He attempted but failed to make her into the star he made of Jane Russell (whom Dixon resembled). Hughes had personal contracts with Dixon, Russell, and Janis Carter.

In September 1952, it was revealed that Hughes had an agreement with the Ralph E. Stolkin syndicate to lend RKO Pictures the sum of $8,000,000. The loan commitment was made as part of a sales accord following losses sustained by RKO in the previous two years. Earlier Hughes controlled RKO-Radio studio.

Joan eloped and married Chicago, Illinois camera manufacturer Theodore (Ted) Briskin in October 1952. Briskin was formerly the husband of Betty Hutton, having married and divorced her twice. Dixon and Briskin were married in a surprise ceremony in the wedding chapel of the Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada. She was 23 and he was 35. Their marriage lasted but three weeks, with Miss Dixon leaving Briskin in early November 1952. She was later married to writer William Dixon, but they divorced in 1959.

The actress appeared in ten films (mostly westerns) and appeared on a few television programs. Her television appearances include episodes of "The Ford Television Theater" (1957) and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1956).

She also performed as a vocalist at Dino's Lodge in Los Angeles, California in December 1960.

She died on February 20, 1992, aged 61, in Los Angeles, California.

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