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This Day in WWII 19 September 1939 - 1945


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PackardAd-Sept1942.jpgPackard Ad - September 1942


1939: First British casualty list published.


1939: The conclusion of the battle of the Vistula bend, with the Wehrmacht taking 170,000 prisoners. Germans suppress a Czech rebellion. Lavrenti Beria, chief of the Soviet NKVD, sets up a Directorate for Prisoners of War and establishes camps for the 240,000 Polish POWs in Soviet custody; about 37,000 will be used as forced-labour.


Joyce%20Holden1.jpg *Joyce Holden


1940: Heavy night raids continue on London; Brighton also suffers badly. RAF continues attacks on invasion fleet in French and Belgian Channel ports.


1940: Minister of Labour Ernest Bevin announces that until the end of August 51,261 men had registered as conscientious objectors.


Joyce%20Holden2.jpg Joyce Holden


1941: Lord Woolton calls the black market in Britain 'a thorn in our side'.


1941: Germans forces take the ruins of Kiev, along with a massive haul of 600,000 prisoners, 2,500 tanks and 1,000 guns.


Joyce%20Holden3.jpg Joyce Holden


1943: British Air Ministry says that Hamburg now lies in absolute ruins and is 'probably the most complete blotting out of a city that ever happened.'


1943: Germans are reported to have been forced out of Sardinia by the Italian resistance.


Joyce%20Holden4.jpg Joyce Holden


1944: After several families who have returned to London are killed in V-1 rocket attacks, the British government orders women and children to remain in countryside evacuation centers.


1944: The British advance from Belgium is now only two miles from the airborne forces at Nijmegen in Holland, but British paratroop forces dropped at Arnhem encounter unexpected heavy German resistance. The Belgian Parliament meets formally in Parliament House, Brussels for first time since May 1940.


PackardAd-Sept1943.jpg Packard Ad - September 1943


1944: The Eighth Army occupies the Republic of San Marino, in Italy.


1945: William Joyce (Lord Haw Haw) is sentenced to be hanged for treason.


Joyce%20Holden5.jpg Joyce Holden


*Born in Kansas City, Missouri on September 1, 1930, actress Joyce Holden (born Jo Ann Heckert) made only a handful of films during her brief career. Nonetheless, she starred in several now-cult classic films including "Girls in the Night" (1953; with Glenda Farrell and Harvey Lembeck), "The Werewolf" (1956). Holden signed with Universal in 1949 and landed her first film role in the comedy "The Milkman" (1950; with Piper Laurie). Universal press releases in the early 1950s made much of Holden's youth and inability to gain weight.


Miss California of 1948 and Miss Television the following year, blonde Joyce Holden enjoyed some popularity at bustling Universal-International in the early '50s, although she was busier performing than actually appearing onscreen. Today, her reputation rests with creating the role of Mary Wallace Grant on the long-running daytime soap "Guiding Light".


Joyce%20Holden6.jpg Joyce Holden


When her contract with Universal International lapsed in 1953, Joyce Holden's film career floundered. She found work as a model and on television, acting in many anthology programs, such as "The Lux Video Theater" and "General Electric Theater" in the mid 1950s. Holden had a brief first marriage to songwriter Arnold Stanford that proved turbulent, ending with their divorce in November 1955. Her second marriage in 1958 called a halt to her acting career. Holden's last film was the effective 1958 American International horror flick "Terror From the Year 5000", originally released on a double bill with "The Screaming Skull". Following the release of this film, she then retired to concentrate on domestic life and her religion.


First husband, Arnold ("Dok") Stanford, 16 years her senior, was a songwriter. Upon their divorce in 1955, she was awarded half interest in the songs he had written or would write within a year. She has been married over 50 years to her second husband David P. Mannhalter, a real estate broker. She and her husband reside in California.


Appeared on CBS' "Good Morning" show with Will Rogers Jr. for a year as a talk show host and singer. Barbara Walters was her assistant producer at the time.

PackardAd-Sept1945.jpg Packard Ad - September 1945

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