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This Day in WWII 18 June 1940 - 1945


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1940: French Army in general retreat as German troops capture Le Mans and Cherbourg. The garrisons of Belfort, Metz and Dijon surrender. Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich to discuss French request for peace. General de Gaulle forms the French National Committee in London and vows to continue the war on the side of Britain, saying that 'France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war.'

1940: Churchill speaks to Commons: 'let us so bear ourselves that . . . men will still say, "This was their finest hour".'

MaraCorday1.jpg *Mara Corday

1940: German planes raid Thames Estuary and East Coast.

1940: Hitler and Mussolini meet in Munich.

MaraCorday2.jpg Mara Corday

1941: British press give details of development of 'radio location' (radar) and its use in Battle of Britain.

1941: Free French troops occupy Damascus in Syria. Germany and Turkey sign a ten-year non-aggression pact.

MaraCorday3.jpg Mara Corday

1942: The British Eighth Army evacuates Sidi Rezegh and El Adem.

1942: Germans announce the killing of Heydrich's assassins, just two hours after ultimatum demanding information expired. German troops seize Fort Maxim Gorky in Sevastopol, digging out Russian naval infantry (in their black Sailor hats) with flame-throwers.

MaraCorday4.jpg Mara Corday

1943: Field Marshal Wavell is to become the Viceroy of India, with General Auchinleck becoming the C in C of India. A new East Asia Command is to be established.

1943: 'Radar' (Radio Detection and Ranging) becomes the official term for 'Radiolocation'.

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1944: The US First Army cuts off and isolates the German forces defending Cherbourg.

1944: The Eighth Army take Assisi.

1944: The British 2nd Division manages to advance 14 miles towards Imphal.

MaraCorday5.jpg Mara Corday

1945: Eisenhower arrives in Washington to a hero's welcome.

1945: British demobilization begins.

MaraCorday6.jpg Mara Corday

1945: Japanese resistance ends on Mindanao in the Philippines.

1945: The USAAF begins the fireblitzing of 58 smaller Japanese cities.

1945: Truman approves OPERATION DOWNFALL with the JCS predicting 200,000 US casualties.

MaraCorday7.jpg Mara Corday

*Mara Corday was born Marilyn Joan Watts on January 3, 1930 in Santa Monica, California. She is a showgirl, model, actress, Playboy Playmate and a 1950s cult figure.

Wanting a career in films, Mara Corday came to Hollywood while still in her teens and found work as a showgirl at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard. Her physical beauty brought jobs as a photographer's model that led to a bit part as a showgirl in the 1951 film "Two Tickets to Broadway". She signed on as a Universal International Pictures (UI) contract player where she met actor Clint Eastwood with whom she would remain lifelong friends. With UI, Corday was given small roles in various B-movies and television series. In 1954 on the set of Playgirl she met actor Richard Long. Following the death of Long's wife, the two began dating and married in 1957.

Her roles were small until 1955 when she was cast opposite John Agar in "Tarantula", a Sci-Fi B-movie that proved a modest success. She had another successful co-starring role in that genre "The Black Scorpion" (1957) as well as in a number of Western films. Respected film critic Leonard Maltin said that Mara Corday had "more acting ability than she was permitted to exhibit."

MaraCorday8.jpg Mara Corday

Mara Corday appeared as a pinup girl in numerous men's magazines during the 1950s and was the Playmate of the October 1958 issue of Playboy, together with famous model and showgirl Pat Sheehan. In 1956, she had a recurring role in the ABC television series "Combat Sergeant". From 1959 to early 1961, Corday worked exclusively doing guest spots on various television series. She then gave up her career to devote her time to raising a family. During her seventeen-year marriage to Richard Long she had three children.

A few years after her husband's passing in 1974, Corday's friend Clint Eastwood offered her a chance to return to filmmaking with a role in his 1977 film "The Gauntlet". She acted with him again in "Sudden Impact" (1983), "Pink Cadillac" (1989), and in her last film, 1990s "The Rookie".


Measurements: 35-23-34

Height: 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mother of actress Valerie Long, Carey Long and Gregory Long.

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