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This Day in WWII 12 September 1939 - 1945

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WillysAd-September1943.jpgWillys Ad - September 1943

 

1939: First Anglo-French Supreme War Council convenes under Chamberlain and Daladier.

 

1939: In response to the invasion of Poland, the French Army advances into Germany. On this day they reach their furthest penetration-five miles.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney1.jpg *Rosemary Clooney

 

1939: The battle of the Vistula bend flares up near Kutno, the last major engagement of the Polish campaign. The Luftwaffe bombs Krzemieniec.

 

1939: Convoys for merchant shipping are established to counter the U-boats.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney2.jpg Rosemary Clooney

 

1940: Canada's cabinet introduces Order In Council P.C. 4751, giving Canadian authorities power to imprison disobedient foreign seamen from non-Canadian ships in Canadian ports.

 

1940: Co-ordination of searchlights and AA guns improves protection of London from air attack. Germans claim that RAF are dropping Colorado beetles over German potato crops.

 

1940: Italian forces begin an offensive into Egypt from Libya.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney3.jpg Rosemary Clooney

 

1941: German U-boats sink twenty-two ships in a U.S. convoy headed toward England. The previous day, President Roosevelt ordered U.S. ships to shoot on sight any German subs.

 

1941: The first snow reported on Russian Front. German forces in the Kremenchug bridgehead across the Dnieper in the Ukraine and advance north to aid in the encirclement of Kiev.

 

BuxtonAd-September1943.jpg Buxton Ad - September 1943

 

1942: Convoy PQ-18 consisting of 41 merchants sets sail from Loch Ewe in Scotland bound for Murmansk. Since the slaughter of PQ-17 in July the escort system had been radically overhauled, meaning that this convoy had among others and the escort carrier HMS Avenger and 16 destroyers to protect it.

 

1942: Battle of Bloody Ridge (Edson's Ridge) on Guadalcanal begins. (Click Here to view video)

 

killthebastardsphotoguad.jpg Road Sign on Guadalcanal

 

1943: Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Dekanozov arrives in Stockholm on an ill-defined mission. Tipped off that the Russians were open to discussing possible peace terms with the Third Reich, German Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop pleads with Hitler that he be allowed to dispatch an envoy to at least hear what terms Stalin might be willing to offer. Hitler, however, refuses the request and Dekanozov departs for Moscow after waiting four days.

 

1943: Mussolini, held prisoner by the Badoglio government on the Gran Sasso, is rescued by German paratroopers who land in gliders on top of the mountain. SS major Otto Skorzeny, leads a daring glider attack on the hotel where Mussolini is being held. The Duce is freed and taken to Germany. Hitler signs decrees appropriating Italian industry for German uses as well as annexing the German-speaking regions of northern Italy to the Greater German Reich. The latter violates the undertaking Hitler gave to Mussolini in 1940 that Germany had no territorial ambitions south of the Brenner Pass.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney4.jpg Rosemary Clooney

 

1944: U.S. Army troops entered Germany for the first time during World War II, near Trier.

 

1944: The German garrison at Le Havre surrenders after very heavy fighting.

 

1944: German troops evacuate Rhodes and other Greek islands in the eastern Mediterranean.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney5.jpg Rosemary Clooney

 

1944: A German-Hungarian counter-offensive grinds toward Arad and Temesvar in Hungary.

 

1945: Mountbatten accepts the surrender of all Japanese troops in Southeast Asia.

 

1945: French troops land in Indochina.

 

Rosemary%20Clooney6.jpg Rosemary Clooney

 

*She was the daughter of Andrew and Frances Clooney and grew up in Maysville, Kentucky, where she and her sister Betty Clooney used to sing in her grandfather's mayoral election campaigns, which he won three times. She made her singing debut on Cincinnati radio station WLW in 1941 at 13. On WLW she worked with band leader Barney Rapp, who had also worked with Doris Day and Andy Williams at the same station. She attended high school at Our Lady of Mercy in Cincinnati. In 1946 she appeared with her sister in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at the Steel Pier with Tony Pastor's band. In 1949 she went solo and later appeared in White Christmas (1954), co-starring opposite Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. Her first big hit was "Come On A My House" in 1951. She married José Ferrer in the 1950s and they had five children between 1955 and 1960. Her marriage to Ferrer was a tempestuous one and she had a nervous breakdown in 1968, but went on to resume her career in 1976. Her life was dramatized in a 1982 made-for-television form, which starred Clint Eastwood's then-girlfriend Sondra Locke.

 

Her son Gabriel is married to singer Debby Boone, daughter of 1950s pop singer Pat Boone. Her brother, Nick Clooney, is an ABC news anchor in Cincinnatti, and her nephew George Clooney has developed into one of the biggest movie stars of the 21st century. In 1968 she was standing in the Ambassdor Hotel in Los Angeles with Roosevelt Grier when Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in the hotel kitchen after she had participated in his campaign rally. Her top hits include "Hey There" in 1954, "Tenderly", "This Ole House" and "Half As Much" in 1952. Rosemary Clooney died of Lung Cancer on June 29, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California.

 

InternationalTrucksAd-Sept1945.jpg International Trucks Ad - September 1945

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