65 Years Ago—January 16, 1945: The Battle of the Bulge ends as US First and Third Armies meet in Houffalize, Belgium, cutting off the tip of the Bulge, but trapping few Germans. Hitler enters his bunker under the Chancellery and will never leave Berlin again.
65 Years Ago—January 15, 1945: Japanese launch drive toward isolated US 14th Air Force bases in eastern China and the Hengyang-Canton railroad. In the US, a nationwide dim-out is ordered to conserve fuel.
70 Years Ago—January 14, 1940: Adm. Mitsumasa Yonai forms a new government in Japan, but he is opposed by the pro-war military.
I wanted to show you the faces of Haiti – before the quake – so we know who we’re praying for. Each year my husband, Dave, goes to Haiti with a group of men from our church to help with construction at a village school which also feeds hundreds of orphans every day. He’s grown to love these people deeply.
70 Years Ago—January 13, 1940: FBI arrests 17 members of pro-Nazi “Christian Front” for plotting to kill congressmen; later acquitted.
70 Years Ago—January 12, 1940: Movie premiere of The Shop Around the Corner with Jimmy Stewart & Margaret Sullavan.
65 Years Ago—January 12, 1945: Soviets launch offensive across Vistula River in Poland.
65 Years Ago—January 11, 1945: In Burma, British attempt to cross the Irrawaddy River but withdraw under fierce bayonet attack.
70 Years Ago—January 10, 1940: A Luftwaffe officer mistakenly lands in Belgium carrying plans for the German invasion of the west scheduled to start January 17; Germans forced to make new plans.
65 Years Ago—January 9, 1945: US Sixth Army lands at Lingayen Gulf on Luzon in the Philippines; beachhead established as Japanese have withdrawn inland.
70 Years Ago—January 8, 1940: In Britain, ration books are introduced as program expands—each person to receive 4 oz of bacon or ham, 8 oz of butter, and 12 oz of sugar weekly.
65 Years Ago—January 8, 1945: Japanese execute Filipino resistance leader Colonel Pastor Martelino.