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This Day in WWII 30 July 1940 - 1945


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USPlayingCardCompanyAd-July1942.jpgUnited States Playing Card Company Ad - July 1942

 

1940: The Luftwaffe ceases major raids over Britain as it builds up strength for it forth coming onslaught.

 

1940: Act of Havana signed to prevent German takeover of colonies.

 

Dorothy%20Malone1.jpg *Dorothy Malone

 

1941: Polish-Soviet agreement of cooperation signed at London.

 

1941: US gunboat Tutiula damaged by Japan planes near Chungking.

 

Dorothy%20Malone2.jpg Dorothy Malone

 

1941: British planes from carriers bomb Petsamo.

 

1941: 17 Japanese 'spy' fishing boats seized by US in Hawaiian waters.

 

Dorothy%20Malone-Yank-April13-1945.jpg Dorothy Malone - YANK Pinup Girl - April 13, 1945

 

1942: The Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES) is authorized by the U.S. Congress.

 

1942: The Red Army launches a counter-offensive at Rzhev, which leads to the temporary encirclement of six German divisions, although these are successfully supplied by massive air drops from the Luftwaffe. Army Group A consolidates its bridgehead over the Manych River, while Army Group B struggles to reduce the Soviet bridgehead at Kalach in the Don Estuary west of Stalingrad.

 

Dorothy%20Malone3.jpg Dorothy Malone

 

1942: Chinese recapture Tsingtien in Eastern Chekiang, cutting off the Japanese at Wenchow.

 

1942: Japanese capture crucial islands en route to New Guinea.

 

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Featured in the "HUMP EXPRESS", the official weekly newspaper of the India-China Division (ICD) of the Air Transport Command (ATC) of the U.S. Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater of World War II - February 15, 1945

 

1943: Hamburg is bombed for a third time.

 

1943: Army Group A losses the initiative in its attack to secure its positions along the Mius River.

 

RelianceAd-July1943.jpg Reliance Manufacturing Company Ad - July 1943

 

1944: Six British divisions attack at Caumont, 15 miles East of St. Lo.

 

1945: British, U.S. and French troops enter Vienna.

 

Dorothy%20Malone4.jpg Dorothy Malone

 

1945: The Japanese reject the Potsdam ultimatum, so the Joint Chiefs order the plans for Japanese surrender to be drawn up.

 

1945: After delivering parts of the first atomic bomb to the island of Tinian, a Japanese submarine sinks the Cruiser U.S.S. Indianapolis resulting in the loss of 881 crewmen. The ship sinks before a radio message can be sent out leaving survivors adrift for two days. (MORE INFO)

 

Dorothy%20Malone5.jpg Dorothy Malone

 

*Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois on January 30, 1925. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School. While performing at Southern Methodist University, she was spotted by a talent agent for RKO and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds.

 

Much of Malone's early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns, although on occasion she had the opportunity to play small but memorable roles, such as that of a brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in "The Big Sleep" (1946) with Humphrey Bogart, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy "Artists and Models" (1955).

 

Dorothy%20Malone6.jpg Dorothy Malone

 

By 1956, Malone had transformed herself into a platinum blonde and shed her good girl-image when she co-starred with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Stack in director Douglas Sirk's melodrama "Written on the Wind". Her portrayal of the dipso-nymphomaniac daughter of a Texas oil baron won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As a result, she was offered more substantial roles in "Too Much, Too Soon" (1958), where she portrayed Diana Barrymore, "Man of a Thousand Faces" (with James Cagney - 1957), and "Warlock" (with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark - 1959). Additional screen credits include "The Tarnished Angels" (in which she reunited with former co-stars Hudson and Stack and director Sirk - 1957), "The Last Voyage" (with Stack - 1960) and "The Last Sunset" (with Hudson - 1961).

 

In the 1963-1964 season, Malone guest starred on Jack Palance's ABC circus drama "The Greatest Show on Earth". Thereafter, she became a household name when she accepted the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial "Peyton Place", on which she starred from 1964 through to 1968. She had a featured role in the miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" (1976). Her last screen appearance came as a mother convicted of murdering her family in "Basic Instinct" (1992), appearing with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

 

Malone has been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Mimi and Diane, from her first marriage to actor Jacques Bergerac. Her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 1718 Vine. Malone died on January 19, 2018, ten days before her 94th birthday, at a nursing facility in Dallas.

 

CocaColaAd-July1944.jpg Coca Cola Ad - July 1944

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