Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in Casablanca, French Morocco during the Casablanca Conference, 24 Jan 1943 (US Army Signal Corps photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 14, 1943: Casablanca Conference begins: Roosevelt and Churchill meet in media secrecy to plan the course of the war.
Australians clear Sanananda Trail junction, New Guinea.
Adm. Erich Raeder resigns from command of German navy, effective January 30.
Patch of the US Thirteenth Air Force
75 Years Ago—Jan. 13, 1943: Students at the University of Munich riot after a Nazi speaker blames the German army’s dire situation in Stalingrad on student malingerers.
US Thirteenth Air Force established in the South Pacific under Brig. Gen. Nathan Twining, based in Nouméa, New Caledonia.
In “Sleepy Lagoon” case in Los Angeles, 17 Mexican-Americans are wrongly convicted of murder; convictions will be overturned in October 1944.
US troops landing at Constantine Harbor, Amchitka, Aleutians, 12 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 12, 1943: Germans withdraw from the Caucasus region of Russia.
US Army lands unopposed on Amchitka in the Aleutians.
Movie premiere of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten.
Chinese and British officials after the signing of the Sino-British Treaty for Relinquishment of Extra-Territorial Rights in China, Chongqing, China, 11 Jan 1943 (public domain via WW2 Database)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 11, 1943: US, Britain, and China sign treaty giving up US and British extraterritorial rights in China.
US Twelfth Air Force begins anti-shipping patrols in Sicilian straits.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt departs from Miami for the Casablanca Conference, the first US president to fly in an airplane while in office, also the first president to leave US during time of war.
Patch of the US Twelfth Air Force
The Sea Before Us is coming February 6, 2018! My publisher, Revell Books, and I have put together a fun package of goodies for everyone who pre-orders a copy and enters by February 5, 2018! You can pre-order at your local bookstore or online (find links here).
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Medical Battalion of US 25th Division giving first aid, Guadalcanal, 10 Jan 1943 (US Department of Defense photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 10, 1943: Soviets advance into Stalingrad pocket.
US launches large offensive on Guadalcanal.
Off New Britain, Japanese destroyers and aircraft sink giant submarine USS Argonaut (102 killed in worst US sub loss of WWII).
Death at Thorburn Hall, by Julianna Deering
Drew and Madeline Farthering are back, and boy, am I glad! In 1935, the newlywed sleuths visit a distant relative in Scotland for a relaxing vacation at the British Open. But soon their host, Lord Rainsby, is killed in a riding accident. No one suspects foul play…except Drew Farthering. A bevy of suspects arises – complicated family dynamics, a Russian count with sticky fingers, a suspicious business associate…and some who seem a bit too enamored by the new Nazi leader in Germany.
Once again, Julianna Deering brings us the delightful team of Drew and Madeline Farthering and their friends Nick and Carrie. Death at Thorburn Hall provides witty banter, a brooding Scottish setting, characters with layers of secrets, and a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I heartily recommend this book. While it isn’t vital to read the series in order, you won’t want to miss the other books in this series!
Prototype C-69 Constellation at Burbank, CA, 9 Jan 1943 (US Navy photo)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 9, 1943: British & Indian troops take Maungdaw, Burma in the Arakan campaign.
First flight of prototype Lockheed C-69 Constellation, the fastest US transport plane of the war.
75 Years Ago—Jan. 8, 1943: British turn over control of Madagascar, except Diego Suarez area, to Free French.
Axis convoys between Naples, Italy and Tripoli, Libya are suspended due to high losses to Allied ships and aircraft.
Marian Anderson, 1940 (Library of Congress)
75 Years Ago—Jan. 7, 1943: Churchill agrees to release Gandhi from prison due to his hunger strike.
African-American opera singer Marian Anderson performs in Constitution Hall after having been denied permission to sing there in 1939.
First American Red Cross Aeroclub opens at a US Eighth Air Force air base in England.
Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the AC electrical system, dies in New York City, age 86.
Nikola Tesla on the cover of Time Magazine for his 75th birthday, 20 July 1931 (public domain via Wikipedia)