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This Day in WWII 16 July 1940 - 1945


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1940: Hitler issues Directive No.16, orders for the planning of 'Operation Sealion', the invasion of Britain. Twenty divisions are earmarked for the invasion, but the Luftwaffe must gain air superiority first. All plans are to be ready by mid-August.

1940: Destroyer Imogen sinks in Pentland Firth after collision in fog by the British light cruiser HMS Glasgow.

Gloria%20DeHaven1.jpg *Gloria DeHaven

1940: Japanese Cabinet resigns under army pressure.

1941: Army Group South traps 20 Russians divisions in a pocket at Uman.

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1942: 12,887 Jews of Paris are rounded up and sent to Drancy Internment Camp located outside the city.

1943: Canadians forces take Caltagirone, 40 miles inland from Syracuse. The Americans take Agringento, before beginning their drive for Palermo. The British finally secure Primosole bridge and Montgomery advances on Catania.

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1944: The Brody pocket begins to form in the northern Ukraine, trapping 40,000 German troops.

1944: The Eighth Army captures Arezzo and reaches the Arno river.

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1945: At 5.30 am, the first atomic bomb is exploded at a test site in Los Alamos, USA.

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*Gloria Mildred DeHaven was born on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actor-director Carter DeHaven and actress Flora Parker DeHaven, both former vaudeville performers.

She began her career as a child actor with a bit part in Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times" (1936). She was signed to a contract with MGM Studios, but despite featured roles in such films as "The Thin Man Goes Home" (1944) and "Summer Stock" (1950), she did not achieve film stardom. She portrayed her mother in the Fred Astaire film "Three Little Words" (1950).

DeHaven also appeared as a regular in the television series and soap operas "As the World Turns", "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and "Ryan's Hope". She was one of the numerous celebrities enticed to appear in the all-star box office flop "Won Ton Ton", the "Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976), and has guest starred in such television series as "Robert Montgomery Presents", "The Guy Mitchell Show", "The Rifleman", "Wagon Train", "The Lloyd Bridges Show", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", "Gunsmoke", "Fantasy Island", "Hart to Hart", "The Love Boat", "Highway to Heaven", "Murder, She Wrote" and "Touched By An Angel".

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, DeHaven hosted a morning call-in movie show, "Prize Movie", on WABC-TV in New York City.

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DeHaven has been married four times to three different men. Her first husband was actor John Payne whom she married on December 28, 1944 and divorced in 1950. Her second husband was Martin Kimmell; they were married June 21, 1953 and divorced the following year. She was married to Richard Fincher from 1957 until 1963; they remarried in 1965 and divorced in 1969.

She has two children with Payne, daughter Kathleen Hope born 1945 and son Thomas John born 1947. She has two additional children with Fincher, son Harry born 1958 and daughter Faith born 1962.

DeHaven has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. She is one of the last living actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.


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1945: At 5.30 am, the first atomic bomb is exploded at a test site in Los Alamos, USA.

In another five years, the Soviet Union will detonate their own atomic bomb and the nuclear arms race will begin. The very thing that will end the war with Japan will fuel a dangerous and often terrifying cold war. Pandora's box had been opened.

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