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This Day in WWII 9 September 1939 - 1945


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AutoCarAd-Sept1943.jpgAutocar Ad - September 1943


1939: Chamberlain's Cabinet plans for a 3 year war.


1939: Advance elements of the BEF begin to a arrive in France.


1939: The 4th Army (von Kluge) captures Lodz and Radom, as the 4th Panzer Division reaches the outskirts of Warsaw. Further penetrations in to the suburbs of Warsaw by the 4th Panzer Divisions are repulsed by the cities defenders.


Jeanne%20Crain1.jpg *Jeanne Crain


1940: 350 German planes attack London causing fires near St. Paul's and the Guildhall; heavy casualties in bombed East End school housing homeless Blitz victims.


1940: German guns shell Dover.


1940: Italians bomb Tel Avis, killing 111 people.


Jeanne%20Crain2.jpg Jeanne Crain


1942: Hitler sacks Field Marshal List and takes personal command of Army Group A in the Caucasus, which having been foiled by the Red Army in the western Caucasus, was now meeting increased resistance in its drive towards Astrakhan and Baku.


1942: Open pit burning of bodies begins at Auschwitz in place of burial. The decision is made to dig up and burn those already buried, 107,000 corpses, to prevent fouling of ground water.


1942: A Japanese float plane, launched from a submarine, makes its first bombing run on a U.S. forest near Brookings, Oregon, in retaliation for the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Newspapers in the U.S. voluntarily withhold this information. (MORE INFO)


Jeanne%20Crain3.jpg Jeanne Crain


1943: The U.S.Major League Baseball commissioner announces that the 1943 World Series will be filmed and a twenty-two minute highlights film will be distributed to the armed forces in the European and Pacific theaters.


1943: All Italian forces within the German-controlled areas of Italy, southern France, Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece are disarmed without opposition and made prisoners of war. Operation 'Avalanche' sees the U.S. Fifth Army land at Salerno, South East of Naples. Taranto is occupied by the British without resistance. Formation of an anti-Badoglio, Republican Fascist Government is formed in northern Italy.


Johnson&JohnsonAd-Sept1943.jpg Johnson & Johnson Ad - September 1943


1943: The Italian fleet leaves Spezia in Northern Italy, en route for Malta, where it surrenders to the Royal Navy.


1943: Iran, under pressure from the allies who occupy the country, declares war on Germany.


Jeanne%20Crain%20-%20Yank%2016%20July%20 Jeanne Crain - YANK Pin-up Girl - 16 July 1944


1944: General de Gaulle forms a provisional French government that includes Communists.


1944: After being hit by 133 RAF bombs and rockets the day before, the Italian pre-war luxury liner Rex capsizes and sinks off Trieste, where it had been mothballed for much of the war. The Rex was the only Italian ship ever to hold the North Atlantic "Blue Ribbon" for the fastest trans-Atlantic crossing.


1945: Japanese in Korea surrender.


Jeanne%20Crain4.jpg Jeanne Crain

*Jeanne Crain was born in Barstow, California, on May 25, 1925. The daughter of a high school English teacher and his wife, Jeanne was moved to Los Angeles not long after her birth after her father got another teaching position in that city. While in junior high school, Jeanne played the lead in a school production which set her on the path to acting. When she was in high school Jeanne was asked to take a screen test to appear in a film by Orson Welles. Unfortunately, she didn't get the part, but it did set her sights on being a movie actress.

After her high school career, Jeanne enrolled at UCLA to study drama. At the age of 18, Jeanne won a bit part in Fox Studio's film entitled "The Gang's All Here" (1943) and a small contract. Her next film saw Jeanne elevated to a more substantial part in "Home in Indiana" (1944) the following year, which was filmed in neighboring Kentucky. The movie was an unquestionable hit. On the strength of that box-office success, Jeanne was given a raise and star billing, as Maggie Preston, in the next film of 1944, "In the Meantime, Darling" (1944). Unfortunately, the critics not only roasted the film, but singled out Jeanne's performance in particular. She rebounded nicely in her last film of the year, "Winged Victory" (1944). The audiences loved it and the film was profitable.

Jeanne%20Crain5.jpg Jeanne Crain

In 1945, Jeanne was cast in "State Fair" (1945) as Margie Frake who travels to the fair and falls in love with a reporter played by Dana Andrews. Now, Jeanne got a bigger contract and more recognition. Later that year, Jeanne married Paul Brooks on New Year's Eve. Although her mother wasn't supportive of the marriage, the union has lasted to this day and produced seven children. Her 1947 was an off year for Jeanne as she took time off to bear the Brinkman's first child.

In 1949, Jeanne appeared in three films, "A Letter to Three Wives" (1949), "The Fan" (1949), and "Pinky" (1949). It was this latter film which garnered her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her role as Pinky Johnson, a nurse who sets up a clinic in the Deep South. She lost to Olivia de Havilland for "The Heiress" (1949). Jeanne left Fox after filming "Vicki" (1953) in 1953, with Jean Peters. She had made 23 films for the studio that started her career, but she needed a well-deserved change. As with any good artist, Jeanne wanted to expand her range instead of playing the girl-next-door types.

Jeanne%20Crain6.jpg Jeanne Crain

She went briefly to Warner Brothers for the filming of "Duel in the Jungle" (1954) in 1954. The film was lukewarm at best. Jeanne, then, signed a contract, that same year, with Universal Studios with promises of better, high profile roles. She went into production in the film "Man Without a Star" (1955) which was a hit with audiences and critics. After "The Joker Is Wild" (1957) in 1957, Jeanne took time off for her family and to appear in a few television programs. She returned, briefly, to film in "Guns of the Timberland" (1960) in 1960. The films were sporadic after that. In 1967, she appeared in a low-budget suspense yarn called "Hot Rods to Hell" (1967). Her final film was as Clara Shaw in 1972's "Skyjacked" (1972).

Jeanne died of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California, on December 14, 2003. Her husband Paul Brooks had died two months earlier.


Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

PlymouthAd-Sept1944.jpg Plymouth Ad - September 1944

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