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This Day in WWII 30 May 1940 - 1945


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PennsylvaniaRR-Ad-May1942.jpgPennsylvania Railroad Ad - May 1942

 

1940: 53,823 evacuated from Dunkirk, bringing total landed in England since May 27 to 126,606.

 

1940: Roosevelt asks Congress for considerable funds to strengthen the US Armed forces.

 

JudithBarrett1.jpg *Judith Barrett

 

1940: Mussolini tells Hitler he intends to enter the war.

 

1941: The revolt in Iraq collapses as the British near Baghdad. The Iraqi leader Rashid Ali flees in to Persia (Iran).

 

JudithBarrett2.jpg Judith Barrett

 

1942: First 1000 bomber British air raid, on Cologne, Germany.

 

1942: The Afrika Korps take up defensive positions in the 'Cauldron' in readiness for their attempt to punch through the Gazala line.

 

JudithBarrett3.jpg Judith Barrett

 

1942: Admiral Nimitz orders for Task Force 17 (Admiral Fletcher) consisting of the carrier Yorktown, 2 cruisers and 6 destroyers, which had been refitting at Pearl Harbor after operations in the Coral Sea, to set sail for Midway and meet Admiral Spruance there.

 

1943: 20 children killed when bomb hits Torquay church.

 

JudithBarrett4.jpg Judith Barrett

 

1944: The Eighth Army captures Arce, 15 miles Northwest of Cassino, en route to Rome.

 

1944: Allied troops begin to load in England-Force A (60,000 US troops); Force B (25,600 US reinforcements); British (75,000)

 

JudithBarrett5.jpg Judith Barrett

 

1945: A White Paper on full employment is tabled to the Australian Parliament.

 

JudithBarrett6.jpg Judith Barrett

 

*Judith Barrett was born Lucille Kelly on February 2, 1914 in Arlington, Texas, the daughter of a cattle rancher, Barrett made several appearances at The Palace Theatre, Dallas while still at school. Her first big chance came when she started in a lavish commercial film in 1928, "The Stock Exchange" opposite Bobby Vernon. In 1929 she went to Hollywood, starred in five films, and made a successful transition to "talking films". From 1928 to 1933 she was billed as "Nancy Dover", and from 1930 to 1933 she appeared in nine films, all credited. In 1933 she only appeared in one film, "Marriage Humor" opposite Harry Langdon and Vernon Dent, while doing stage work. She would not have another role until 1936, when she starred in the crime drama "Yellowstone" opposite Henry Hunter, and alongside Ralph Morgan and Alan Hale. It was the first film that she was billed as "Judith Barrett". She appeared in two films that year, and five in 1937, one of which was her first uncredited role.

 

From 1938 to 1940 Barrett appeared in ten films, all credited. Barrett retired from film acting following her appearance in the 1940 film "Those Were the Days!", starring William Holden and Bonita Granville.

 

She eventually settled in Palm Desert, California, where she was residing at the time of her death on March 10, 2000.

 

GE-Ad-May1944.jpg General Electric Ad - May 1944

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