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This Day in WWII 11 November 1939 - 1944


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WinchesterAd-Nov1942.jpgWinchester Ad - November 1942


1939: Queen Elizabeth broadcasts a message to the women of the Empire, calling them to join the war effort.


Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor1.jpg *Zsa Zsa Gabor


1940: On the anniversary of the end of World War I, several hundred Paris students stage a disorganized protest on the Champs Elysee over the arrest of a popular professor. Although Gaullists in London report several deaths, it appears no one was killed, but 123 students are arrested. Although it is the first sign of organized anti-German feeling since the armistice in June, German authorities report to Berlin that the small size and unorganized nature of the protest demonstrates that pro-Gaullist feeling is minimal.


1940: Italian aircraft attack Thames Estuary with little success: first and last Italian air attack on Britain.


Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor2.jpg Zsa Zsa Gabor


1940: The British Fleet launches an air attack against the Italian fleet at Taranto. Swordfish aircraft from the Aircraft Carrier HMS Illustrious damage three battleships, two cruisers, two destroyers and two auxiliaries craft. This British victory, forces the Italians to temporary withdraw their big surface units to the safer ports on the west coast of Italy.


1940: The RAF's first offensive air operations in Greece are carried out by Blenheims in a low-level attack on Valaca airfield.


Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor3.jpg Zsa Zsa Gabor


1942: The United States extends Lend-Lease aid to the Free French Forces under General de Gaulle.


1942: German forces begin the occupation of those parts of France controlled by the Vichy government. In a letter to Marshal Petain, Hitler declares that the purpose of this move is "to protect France" against the allies.


SpartonHorns-Nov1943.jpg Sparton Horns Ad - November 1943


1942: 6th Army launches its last major attack to capture Stalingrad and succeeds in reaching the Volga near the Red October factory on a frontage of 600 yards. The 13th Panzer-Division of III Panzer Corps begins to disengage its units halted before Ordshonikidse to avoid being cut off by the heavy Soviet attacks against its communications.


1943: Auschwitz Kommandant Höss is promoted to chief inspector of concentration camps. The new kommandant, Liebehenschel, then divides up the vast Auschwitz complex of over 30 sub-camps into three main sections.


Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor4.jpg Zsa Zsa Gabor


1944: The German First Army HQ leaves Metz as the U.S. Third Army gains three bridgeheads over the Moselle.


1944: Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations.


Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor5.jpg Zsa Zsa Gabor

*Undoubtedly the woman who became to epitomize what we recognize today as "celebrity," Zsa Zsa Gabor, is better known for her many marriages, personal appearances, her "dahlink" catchphrase, her actions, life gossip, and quotations on men, rather than her film career.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, as Sari Gabor on February 6, 1917, she followed her sister Eva Gabor to Hollywood. A radiant, beautiful blonde, Zsa Zsa began appearing on television shows and doing the odd movie.

Her first film was at MGM in "Lovely to Look at" (1952), co-starring Kathryn Grayson and Red Skelton. She next made a comedy called "We're Not Married!" (1952) at Twentieth Century Fox, with Ginger Rogers. It was far from a star billing for Zsa Zsa, appearing several names down the cast list as a supporting player.

It was in 1952, however, that saw her break into movies big time with her starring role opposite José Ferrer in "Moulin Rouge" (1952), although it has been said that she was given a very hard time throughout the filming by director John Huston.

Zsa%20Zsa%20Gabor6.jpg Zsa Zsa Gabor

In the following years, Zsa Zsa slipped back into supporting roles in films such as "Lili" (1953) and "3 Ring Circus" (1954). Her main period of film work was in the 1950s, with other roles in "Death of a Scoundrel" (1956) with Yvonne De Carlo and "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk" (1958) with Anna Neagle. Again, these were supporting roles. By the 1960s, Zsa Zsa was appearing more as herself in the movies. She now appeared to follow her own persona around, and cameo appearances were the order of the day in films such as "Pepe" (1960) and "Jack of Diamonds" (1967). This continued throughout the 1970s.

She was very memorable as herself in "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991), in which she humorously pokes fun at an incident in 1990 when she was convicted of slapping a police officer during a traffic dispute and spent several days in jail. Such infamous incidents contributed to her becoming one of the most all-time recognizable of Hollywood celebrities in recent years, and sometimes ridiculed as a result. She was also memorable to British television viewers on "The Ruby Wax Show" (1997).

On 25 January 2009, the Associated Press reported that her attorney stated that forensic accountants determined that Gabor may have lost as much as $10 million invested in Bernard Madoff's company, possibly through a third-party money manager. Marcus Prinz von Anhalt, a German nightclub owner and adopted son of Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt, reportedly provided significant financial assistance to the couple. Official New York Bankruptcy Court records reportedly do not show Gabor as a victim.

In 2002, Gabor was a passenger in an automobile crash in Los Angeles, from which she would remain partially paralyzed and reliant on a wheelchair for mobility. She survived strokes in 2005 and 2007 and underwent surgeries. In 2010, Gabor fractured and underwent a successful hip replacement. In 2011, her right leg was amputated above the knee to save her life from an infection. She was hospitalized again in 2011 for numerous emergencies. On February 8, 2016, two days after her 99th birthday, Gabor was rushed to hospital after suffering from breathing difficulties. She was diagnosed with a feeding tube-related lung infection and was scheduled to undergo surgery to have her feeding tube removed.


Measurements: 36C-22-36 (filming Moulin Rouge (1952), 38-22-38 (self-described 1960s), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Gabor has been married nine times. She was divorced seven times, and one marriage was annulled. Her husbands, in chronological order, are:

* Burhan Asaf Belge (19371941) (divorced)

* Conrad Hilton (April 10, 19421947) (divorced)

* George Sanders (April 2, 1949 April 2, 1954) (divorced)

* Herbert Hutner, chairman of the board of Struthers Wells Corporation (November 5, 1962 March 3, 1966) (divorced)

* Joshua S. Cosden, Jr. (March 9, 1966 October 18, 1967) (divorced)

* Jack Ryan (January 21, 1975 August 24, 1976) (divorced)

* Michael O'Hara (August 27, 19761983) (divorced)

* Felipe de Alba (April 13, 1983 April 14, 1983) (annulled)

* Frédéric Prinz von Anhalt (August 14, 1986 present)

Auto-LiteBatteryAd-Nov1943.jpg Auto-Lite Battery Ad - November 1943

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