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This Day in WWII 5 September 1939 - 1945


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NorthAmericanAviationAd-Sept1943.jpgNorth American Aviation Ad - September 1943

 

 

1939: The United States proclaimed its neutrality in World War II.

 

1939: French forces begin a limited offensive towards Saarbrücken.

 

1939: Under the relentless pressure by the Wehrmacht, the Polish Army withdraws behind the Vistula river, but the German troops gain bridgeheads on the opposite bank.

 

Eleanore%20Whitney1.jpg*Eleanore Whitney

 

 

1940: An irate Hitler orders a new offensive by the Luftwaffe against Britain with no regard for the civilian population. London is set as the primary target, after the RAF for the first time makes several night raids on Berlin, causing many civilian casualties. Air raids continue over Southeast England with a hospital in Kent being hit, killing 23 patients and two nurses. August civilian casualty figures announced at 1,075 killed and 1.261 seriously injured.

 

1941: British release General Dentz, after Vichy releases British POWs in Syria.

 

Eleanore%20Whitney2.jpgEleanore Whitney

 

 

1943: The Eighth Army captures San Stefano, 10 miles inland in Calabria, Italy.

 

1943: US paratroops land behind the Japanese positions at Lae, surrounding about 20,000 Japanese troops.

 

Eleanore%20Whitney3.jpg Eleanore Whitney

 

 

1944: Germany launches its first V-2 missile at Paris, France.

 

1944: The U.S. 3rd Army crosses the Meuse as the British reach Ghent.

 

HoodRubberCompanyAd-Sept1943.jpgHood Rubber Company Ad - September 1943

 

 

1944: The Russians declare war on Bulgaria.

 

1944: A German-Hungarian counterattack in the area of Klausenburg in Romania fails.

 

Eleanore%20Whitney4.jpg Eleanore Whitney

 

 

1945: British land in Singapore.

 

1945: Iva Toguri D'Aquino, a Japanese-American suspected of being wartime radio propagandist "Tokyo Rose," was arrested in Yokohama.

 

Eleanore%20Whitney5.jpgEleanore Whitney

 

*Eleanore Whitney was born Eleanor Wittenberg on Thursday, April 12, 1917 in Cleveland, Ohio. When she was ten years old she met Bill "Bojangles" Robinson backstage at the Palace Theatre in Cleveland. He was so taken by her dancing that he took to giving her lessons whenever he was in the city. Later he offered to teach her each day during a two month stay in New York and was instrumental in the start of her career. On stage from the age of ten, she later toured vaudeville with singer Rae Samuels and became known as "the world's fastest tap dancer." In a 1937 edition of "Modern Screen" magazine it was reported that she broke the World Record for the fastest tap-dancing: 60 taps in four seconds. A lively presence in Paramount college musicals of the 1930s, almost always paired with the fresh-faced Johnny Downs. By no means a threat to Eleanor Powell (The World's Greatest Feminine Tap and Rhythm Dancer), Whitney left films in 1938 to marry Fredrick Backer, an Assistant United States Attorney on Feb. 23, 1939. Surprisingly, she returned to the Broadway stage in 1946, opposite Bobby Clark in Moliere's "The Would-Be Gentleman".

 

Eleanore%20Whitney6.jpgEleanore Whitney

 

 

Eleanore Whitney's film credits include "Oh, Evaline!" (1935), "Millions in the Air" (1935), "Timothy's Quest" (1936), "Three Cheers for Love" (1936), "Hollywood Boulevard" (1936), "Rose Bowl" (1936), "College Holiday" (1936), "Blonde Trouble" (1937) and "Campus Confessions" (1938) among others. Eleanore Whitney died of natural causes during November 1983 in New York City, New York.

 

TexacoAd-Sept1944.jpgTexaco Ad - September 1944

 

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