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This Day in WWII 11 October 1939 - 1945


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GoodyearAd-Oct1942.jpg Goodyear Ad - October 1942

1939: British Expeditionary Force on continent reaches strength of 158,000 in five weeks.

1939: The Soviet Union and Finland begin negotiations concerning the establishment of Soviet air bases on Finnish soil. The Soviet Union also requires Finland to cede territory around lake Ladoga and the Gulf of Finland, plus the Petsamo area in northern Finland. In return the Soviet Union offers to give Finland a chunk of desolate land in central Karelia. The Finns reject the Soviet demands fearing that to accept will only encourage further Soviet demands.

Hillary%20Brooke1.jpg *Hillary Brooke

1941: Rumours of an impending capture of Moscow by the German Army cause thousands of civilians to flee the city.

1941: Erich Koch, Reich commisar in Ukraine, announces the closing of all schools there. According to Koch, "Ukraine children need no schools. What they'll have to learn will be taught to them later by their German masters."

Hillary%20Brooke2.jpg Hillary Brooke

1942: The first night raid on Britain by Luftwaffe for 15 days.

1942: The US Navy surprises a Japanese naval squadron in the night 'Battle of Cape Esperance', off Savo Island in the Solomons. The Japanese lose one cruiser and a destroyer, while the US Navy loses just a single destroyer.

Hillary%20Brooke3.jpg Hillary Brooke

1944: The RAF complete the flooding of Walcheren with a 102-bomber raid near Veete.

1944: The Red Army captures Klausenburg in Romania as Hungary and the Soviet Union begin negotiations for a ceasefire.

BFGoodrich-Oct1943.jpg B.F. Goodrich Ad - October 1943

1944: U.S. air raids against Okinawa begin.

1945: Negotiations between Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek and Communist leader Mao Tse-tung break down. Nationalist and Communist troops are soon engaged in a civil war.

Hillary%20Brooke4.jpg Hillary Brooke

*A former model, the tall (5'6") blonde was born Beatrice Peterson on September 8, 1914 in Astoria, New York but in films spoke with a cultured accent. Brooke developed this early in her career to separate herself from other sexy blonde actresses. She appeared in "Africa Screams" (1949) and "Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd" (1952) with the comedy team, and was a regular on "The Abbott and Costello Show". She also co-starred in three Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, including "The Woman in Green" (1945).

Her other film credits include "Jane Eyre" (1944), "Ministry of Fear" (1944), "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945), the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956), the 3-D film "The Maze" (1953), and the sci-fi B-movie classic "Invaders from Mars" (1953).

Hillary%20Brooke5.jpg Gloria Stuart and Hillary Brooke visit with two convalescing patients in O'Reilly General Army Hospital, Springfield, Missouri - 1944

In "The Abbott and Costello Show", which was broadcast in the early 1950s but syndicated for decades afterwards, Brooke played the role of a straitlaced, classy fellow tenant of the rooming house where the two main characters lived. She was treated with deference by the duo and was not a target of pranks and slapstick. As the love interest of Lou Costello, she always addressed him as "Louis". Like the other main characters, her character's name in the show was her real name.

On September 28, 1957, she played Doris Cole in the second episode of the "Perry Mason" TV show, titled "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece". She was also a regular on the 1952-1955 TV series "My Little Margie".

Hillary Brooke was married to Raymond A. Klune (an executive at MGM) from 1960 until his death on September 24, 1988. She had two children, a son Donald Klune and a stepdaughter, Carol Klune.

Brooke was also married to Jack Voglin.

On May 25, 1999, Brooke died from blood clot in the lung at a hospital in Fallbrook, California. She was survived by her children, a brother Arthur Peterson; 17 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

For her contribution to the television industry, Hillary Brooke has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6307 Hollywood Boulevard.

AmericanRailroadsAd-October1945.jpg American Railroads Ad - October 1945

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