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This Day in WWII 2 February 1939 - 1945


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Armour&CompanyAd-Feb1943.jpgArmour and Company Ad - February 1943


1939: Hungary breaks relations with the Soviet Union.


Jean%20Porter1.jpg *Jean Porter


1940: Big Russian offensive continues on the Karelia front.


1942: Japanese invade Java in the Dutch East Indies.


Jean%20Porter2.jpg Jean Porter


1943: The remnants of 6th Armee under General Strecker in the northern pocket cease fighting and surrender to the Red Army. In all, over 96,000 survivors of the once 300,000-strong Army are captured, of which, only about 5,000 will live to return to Germany after the war. At Moscow, the victory over the Germans is celebrated with a salute of several hundred guns.


ChampionSparkPlugsAd-Feb1944.jpg Champion Spark Plugs Ad - February 1944


1944: U.S. Marines complete the capture of Roi and Namur in the Marshall Islands.


1944: The Germans stop an Allied attack at Anzio, Italy.


1944: The 1st Ukrainian Front captures Luzk and Rovno. Stalin agrees to USAAF using Russian bases.


Jean%20Porter3.jpg Jean Porter


1945: Some 1,200 Royal Air Force planes blast Wiesbaden and Karlsruhe.


1945: French troops occupy Colmar.


Jean%20Porter4.jpg Jean Porter


1945: The 1st Belorussian Front reaches the Oder to the South of Frankfurt.


1945: Ecuador declares war on Germany.


Jean%20Porter5.jpg Jean Porter


*One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Cisco, Texas on December 8th, 1925 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 14) and slowly graduated to sweet-natured ingénues in light, wholesome "B" fare. Most were sentimental trifles, such as "Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble" (1944) and "Easy to Wed" (1946), or western action with such obvious titles as "Heart of the Rio Grande" (1942) and "Home in Wyomin'" (1942). Despite her promise and talent, none of her approximately 30 films managed to set her apart and top stardom remained elusive.


Jean's finest screen roles probably came with "The Youngest Profession" (1943) and "Till the End of Time" (1946), where she met future husband, director Edward Dmytryk. They married in 1948 and had three children: Richard, Victoria and Rebecca, the latter becoming a wildlife rescuer and rehabilitator. Not long into their marriage, Dmytryk was branded a Communist as one of the "Hollywood Ten" (he was admittedly once a member of The American Communist Party) and the next decade or so would be a dark period of time for them.


Jean%20Porter6.jpg Jean Porter


Unable to work, the blacklisted director moved his family to England where he found some employment. In 1951, however, Dmytryk decided to return to the States and was jailed for six months before giving testimony and being granted a reprieve. As a result, he was allowed to return to directing. Jean's last film, in fact, would be "The Left Hand of God" (1955) starring Humphrey Bogart and Gene Tierney, which was directed by her husband. Throughout their ordeal Jean and Edward remained a loyal couple and in later years wrote a book together "On Screen Acting" in 1984. Happily married until his death at age 90 of heart and kidney failure in 1999.


Porter died in Canoga Park, California, on January 13, 2018 of natural causes, at the age of 95.



Height: 5' (1.52 m)


CanManufacturersInstitueAd-Feb1944.jpg Can Manufacturers Institute - February 1944

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