80 Years Ago—November 14, 1939: In Lagunillas, Venezuela, an oil refinery fire kills 500 and destroys the town. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1944: British Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh-Mallory dies in a plane crash in the French Alps, on his way to assume command in Southeast Asia. French First Army opens assault toward Belfort… Read more »
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75 Years Ago—November 13, 1944: In the Vosges Mountains in France, US Seventh Army launches offensive on German Siegfried Line. Harvey premieres on Broadway.
80 Years Ago—November 12, 1939: Germany begins strict point-based clothing rationing, with no clothing ration cards issued to Jews. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1944: British Lancaster bombers sink German battleship Tirpitz in Tromsø Fjord, Norway; 902 killed.
80 Years Ago—November 11, 1939: Queen Elizabeth calls on British women to participate in the war effort. Movie premiere of historical drama The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex, starring Bette Davis & Errol Flynn. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1944: In Italy, First Brazilian Fighter Group begins operations with US Twelfth Air Force in P-47… Read more »
80 Years Ago—November 10, 1939: “The Venlo Incident”—Germans kidnap two British agents in Dutch town of Venlo to accuse them of the previous day’s assassination attempt on Hitler. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 10, 1944: Japanese take US Fourteenth Air Force air bases at Kweilin and Liuchow in their drive through southern China.
80 Years Ago—November 9, 1939: Adolf Hitler survives assassination attempt at the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich; bomb planted by communist Georg Elser. Nobel Prize for physics is awarded to Ernest Lawrence for the cyclotron. Movie premiere of Ninotchka, Greta Garbo’s first comedy. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1944: Nobel Peace Prize is… Read more »
80 Years Ago—November 8, 1939: Finland refuses Soviet demand for territory. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 8, 1944: Canadians secure Walcheren and the Scheldt Estuary to protect port of Antwerp, Belgium. US Third Army begins offensive against Siegfried line toward Metz, France. 761st Tank Battalion, the first African-American tank unit, enters combat with US Third Army. After… Read more »
75 Years Ago—November 7, 1944: US President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a fourth term, defeating Thomas Dewey. British Eighth Army opens drive for Forli, Italy. Japanese execute Soviet spy Richard Sorge.
80 Years Ago—November 6, 1939: Nazi-captured US freighter City of Flint is returned to her American crew by Norway. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 6, 1944: In central Burma, British and Chinese troops drive toward Mandalay. Yugoslavian partisans take Monastir, Yugoslavia, securing entire border with Greece.
80 Years Ago—November 5, 1939: Plot by senior German officers under Gen. Franz Halder to arrest or kill Hitler collapses; the officers are appalled at Hitler’s decision to invade Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. 75 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1944: US B-29s bomb Japanese-occupied Singapore for the first time. US Navy Task Force 38 carrier aircraft… Read more »