Chronography of events from 1 January 1940 to 31 December 1949

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30/12/1949. Friday (+1,697) Vietnam gained sovereignty from France.

28/12/1949, Wednesday (+1,695) Ahmed Sukarno, aged 48, leader of the Indonesian Nationalist Party, arrived in Batavia (Djakarta) to take up residence on the former Dutch Governor�s Palace. Since the end of the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in 1945, Sukarno had fought hard for independence from the Netherlands.

27/12/1949. Tuesday (+1,694) Holland recognised the independence of Indonesia.

26/12/1949. Monday (+1,693) Albert Einstein published his new Generalized Theory of Gravitation.

25/12/1949, Sunday (+1,692) Sissy Spacek, actress, was born

22/12/1949, Thursday (+1,689) Robin and Maurice Gibb, musicians, were born.

21/12/1949, Wednesday (+1,688)

19/12/1949, Monday (+1,686) Britain passed the National Parks Act.

18/12/1949, Sunday (+1,685) Sotiris Kaiafas, Cypriot footballer, was born.

17/12/1949, Saturday (+1,684) In Australia, Robert Menzies became Prime Minister of a Liberal Party-Country Party coalition.

16/12/1949, Friday (+1,683) (1) (South Africa) A quarter of a million Afrikaners attended the unveiling of the Voortrekker Memorial to South Africa�s Boer pioneers in Pretoria.

(2) Ahmed Sukharno was elected President of Indonesia.

15/12/1949, Thursday (+1,682) Don Johnson, actor, was born

14/12/1949, Wednesday (+1,681)

13/12/1949, Tuesday (+1,680) Israel officially moved its capital from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

12/12/1949, Monday (+1,679) Chris Baillieu, British rowing champion, was born.

11/12/1949, Sunday (+1,678) Teri Garr, actress, was born.

10/12/1949, Saturday (+1,677)

8/12/1949, Thursday (+1,675) (China) Taipei, Taiwan, was formally chosen as the capital of Nationalist China. Chiang Kai Shek�s Nationalist Government fled to Taiwan from China to escape the advancing Communists.

7/12/1949, Wednesday (+1,674) Tom Waits, singer and songwriter, was born.

6/12/1949, Tuesday (+1,673) Huddie William Ledbetter, US folk and blues singer, died in New York (born 10/1/1889 in Mooringsport, Louisiana.

5/12/1949, Monday (+1,672) (Jewish) David Ben Gurion, Israel�s first prime minister, proclaimed Jerusalem as Israel�s capital.

4/12/1949, Sunday (+1,671) Jeff Bridges, actor, was born.

3/12/1949, Saturday (+1,670)

2/12/1949, Friday (+1,669) Albert Ammons, US pianist, died in Chicago (born 23/9/1907 in Chicago).

1/12/1949, Thursday (+1,668) (Atomic) US Physicist Willard Libby invented carbon dating.

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29/11/1949, Tuesday (+1,666) The Parliament Act was passed in the UK, restricting the Lords delaying abilities. The House of Lords had rejected this Bill but it still became law as MPs had voted for it three times.

25/11/1949, Friday (+1,662) Cadillac manufactured its one millionth car.

23/11/1949, Wednesday (+1,660) The Mashhad University Faculty of Medicine was officially opened by Dr Zanganeh, the Iranian minister of culture.

21/11/1949, Monday (+1,658) The United Nations declared that Tripolitania should form part of the independent state of Libya.

19/11/1949. Saturday (+1,656) Prince Ranier III was sworn in as the 30th ruling Prince of Monaco.

15/11/1949, Tuesday (+1,652) (India) In India, Nathuram Godse was hanged for the murder of Ghandi.

8/11/1949, Tuesday (+1,645) (South America) Costa Rica abolished its army, under the rule of President Figueres Ferrer, an associate of Fidel Castro. It also gave women and people of African descent the vote.

7/11/1949, Monday (+1,644) The first meeting of the Council of Europe; Spaak was the Chairman.

6/11/1949, Sunday (+1,643) Nigel Havers, actor, was born.

3/11/1949, Thursday (+1,640) The BBC bought the Rank Studios in Shepherds Bush for programme making.

1/11/1949, Tuesday (+1,638) Gerald Ratner, jewellery businessman, was born.

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28/10/1949, Friday (+1,634) Barbara Lawton, athletics (high jump) champion, was born.

22/10/1949, Saturday (+1,628) Stiv Bators, musician, was born.

21/10/1949, Friday (+1,627) Jacques Copeau, French actor, died in Beaune.

20/10/1949,Thursday (+1,626) Britain recognised the People�s Republic of China, under Chairman Mao.

19/10/1949, Wednesday (+1,625) Ian Thompson, marathon runner, was born.

16/10/1949, Sunday (+1,622) The Greek civil war ended with the defeat of the rebels.

14/10/1949, Friday (+1,620) Through train services from Kowloon (Hong Kong) to Canton were withdrawn, but restored on 4.4.1979.

11/10/1949, Tuesday (+1,617) Daryl Hall, musician, was born.

10/10/1949, Monday (+1,616) Lance Cairns, cricketer, was born

9/10/1949, Sunday (+1,615)

8/10/1949, Saturday (+1,614) Sigourney Weaver, actress, was born/

7/10/1949, Friday (+1,613) The German Democratic Republic was set up in East Germany.

6/10/1949, Thursday (+1,612) (1) The USA granted South Korea US$ 10.2 million for military aid and US$ 110 million for economic aid for the year 1950.

(2) The Berlin airlift ended.It had carried on from 12/5/1949 despite the Soviet lifting of the land blockade.

(3) Aneurin Bevan gave some figures for the demand on Britain�s new NHS since its inception on 5/7/1948. 187,000,000 prescriptions had been dispensed at a cost of 2s 9d (14p) each; 5,250,000 pairs of glasses had been given out, with another 3,000,000 on order; 8,500,000 dental patients had been treated. The Government Actuary, Sir George Epps, had estimated that the cost of the NHS in its first year would be �170 million; the actual figure turned out to be �242 million. Annual costs were expected to fall as the population grew fitter; in fact annual costs rose to �384 million in 1952/3.

5/10/1949, Wednesday (+1,611) Major Greenwood (born 9/8/1880) English epidemiologist and medical statistician, died.

4/10/1949, Tuesday (+1,610) Edmund Eysler, Austrian composer, died in Vienna (born 12/3/1874 in Vienna)

1/10/1949. Saturday (+1,607) The Chinese Communists set up a government in Beijing, The People�s Republic of China, under Mao. Taiwan remained independent. Chinese Party Chairman Mao Tse Tung made no secret of the fact that he considered Tibet part of China.

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29/9/1949, Thursday (+1,605)

28/9/1949, Wednesday (+1,604) Jowett Cars introduced their first and only sports car, the Jupiter, designed by Austrian engineer Dr Robert Eberan von Eberhorst. 900 Jupiters were produced before manufacture ceased in 1954, and they achieved great success in motor racing.

27/9/1949, Tuesday (+1,603) Geofftrey Peck, orienteering, was born.

26/9/1949, Monday (+1,602) (UK Railways) Electrification began on the railway from Liverpool Street, London, to Shenfield,

25/9/1949, Sunday (+1,601) Anson Williams, US actor, was born in Los Angeles, California.

24/9/1949, Saturday (+1,600) Pierre Breville, composer, died aged 88.

23/9/1949, Friday (+1,599) The USSR conducted its first atom bomb test. The USA no longer had a monopoly on these weapons of mass destruction.

22/9/1949, Thursday (+1,598) David Coverdale, English rock musician, was born.

21/9/1949, Wednesday (+1,597) (1) The first comprehensive school in Britain opened, at Holyhead, Anglesey, formed by the merger of two local schools.

(2) The People�s Republic of China was officially proclaimed.

20/9/1949, Tuesday (+1,596) The Dutch Guilder was devalued by 30.3%.

19/9/1949, Monday (+1,595) �Twiggy�, British model, actress, and singer, was born in Neasden, London, as Lesley Hornby.

18/9/1949. Sunday (+1,594) The British Pound was devalued by 30% by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Sir Stafford Cripps. The exchange rate to the US$ fell from 4.03 to 2.80. This would raise the cost of living by 5%. Britain faced a severe Dollar deficit, and in the first quarter of 1949 alone had to sell US$ 160 million of gold. On the same day the milk ration was reduced to 2 pints per person per week. The milk ration had been reduced to 2 � pints a week on 11/9/1949.

17/9/1949, Saturday (+1,593) The first meeting of NATO was held.

16/9/1949, Friday (+1,592) Susan Ruttan, US actress, was born in Oregon City, Oregon.

15/9/1949, Thursday (+1,591) Konrad Adenauer was elected Chancellor of Germany.

13/9/1949, Tuesday (+1,589)

12/9/1949, Monday (+1,588) Theodor Heuss was elected first President of the Federal Republic of Germany.

11/9/1949, Sunday (+1,587) Roger Uttley, rugby player, was born.

10/9/1949, Saturday (+1,586)

9/9/1949, Friday (+1,585) John Curry, figure skater, was born (died 15/4/1994).

8/9/1949, Thursday (+1,584) The USA gave further aid to Yugoslavia.

7/9/1949, Wednesday (+1,583) Jose Clemente Orozco, painter, died in Mexico City aged 65.

6/9/1949, Tuesday (+1,582) Volkswagen returned to German Government ownership. The plant at Wolfsburg had been destroyed during the War, and came under British occupation in 1945. Within a few months the factory was making cars again.. During the second half of 1945 1,785 Type I cars were built, almost all of which were for the use of the Allied occupation forces.

4/9/1949, Sunday (+1,580) Britain�s largest ever aircraft, the 130-ton 8-engined Bristol Brabazon, made its first flight.

2/9/1949, Friday (+1,578) The redistribution of land became an official part of Chinese Communist policy.

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31/8/1949, Wednesday (+1,576) Richard Gere, actor, was born.

30/8/1949, Tuesday (+1,575) Stalin ordered troops to close to the Yugoslav border, but they did not invade.

29/8/1949, Monday (+1,574) The Soviet Union successfully tested its first nuclear device, in what is now Kazakhstan.

28/8/1949, Sunday (+1,573) Imogen Cooper, concert pianist, was born

27/8/1949, Saturday (+1,572) Ann Murray, mezzo-soprano singer, was born

26/8/1949, Friday (+1,571)

25/8/1949. Thursday (+1,570) The UK began experiments with colour TV transmission.

24/8/1949, Wednesday (+1,569) The North Atlantic Treaty, NATO, came into force.

21/8/1949, Sunday (+1,566) Geoffrey Capes, athlete (shot put), was born.

16/8/1949, Tuesday (+1,561) Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind, died after being hit by a car.

15/8/1949, Monday (+1,560) Richard Deacon, sculptor, was born.

14/8/1949, Sunday (+1,559) Morten Olsen, Danish footballer, was born.

12/8/1949, Friday (+1,557) Mark Knopfler, musician, was born.

7/8/1949, Sunday (+1,552) Matthew Parris, author, was born

6/8/1949, Saturday (+1,551) John Haugh, the �acid bath murderer� was executed.

5/8/1949, Thursday (+1,549) The USA halted aid to China.

3/8/1949, Wednesday (+1,548) The Council of Europe came into being.

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30/7/1949, Saturday (+1,544) The HMS Amethyst successfully sailed 140 miles down the Yangtse River overnight to escape Chinese Communist forces, see 20/4/1949.

29/7/1949, Friday (+1,543) The BBC issued its first televised weather forecast.

27/7/1949, Wednesday (+1,541) The world�s first jet-propelled airliner built in the UK, the De Havilland DH 106 Comet, flew at Hatfield.

22/7/1949, Friday (+1,536) The London docks strike ended.

20/7/1949, Wednesday (+1,534) Syria signed an armistice with Israel.

19/7/1949, Tuesday (+1,533) Laos became independent within the French Union.

18/7/1949, Monday (+1,532) Dennis Lillee,cricketer, was born.

15/7/1949, Friday (+1,529) John Casken, composer, was born.

12/7/1949, Tuesday (+1,526) Douglas Hyde, President of Ireland, died.

11/7/1949. Monday (+1,525) (1) The first film made specifically for television, �A Dinner date With Death� was shot at Marylebone Studios between 11 and 14 July 1949.

(2) (Science, technology) In the USA, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began hearings regarding the possible introduction of a colour TV service. There were three possible systems, the Field sequential Method of CBS, the Dot Sequential approach of RCA, and the Line Sequential proposed by Color Television Incorporated (CTI). The CBS Field System was te simplest, and produced better quality images than the other two methods, so in 1950 the FCC adopted the CBS method. However the CBS approach was incompatible with current black and white TV sets, whereas the other two methods were not, see 28/5/1951.

10/7/1949, Sunday (+1,524) The last tramcar ran in Dublin.

9/7/1949, Saturday (+1,523)

8/7/1949, Friday (+1,522) Keith Fielding, rugby player, was born.

7/7/1949, Thursday (+1,521) Shelley Duval, actress, was born.

6/7/1949, Wednesday (+1,520) Georgina Hathorn, champion skier, was born.

3/7/1949, Sunday (+1,517) Susan Penhaligon, actress, was born.

1/7/1949. Friday (+1,515) The maximum wage for footballers in the UK was set at �12 per week. A nurse was paid �350 a year. A pint of milk cost 5d (2p), the same as a Mars bar, which went on sale in the UK for the first time. 20 Woodbines cost 2s 9d (14p).

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29/6/1949, Wednesday (+1,513) (1) US troops completed their withdrawal from South Korea, leaving behind just 500 men to serve as advisors to the 98,000-strong South Korean armed forces, a body barely large enough to maintain internal order, let alone deal with any threat from North Korea.

(2) A docks strike began in London.

27/6/1949, Monday (+1,511) In Australia a nationwide coal strike began. It lasted until August 1949, and the Government sent in troops to operate the mines.

24/6/1949, Friday (+1,508) Betty Jackson, fashion designer, was born.

22/6/1949, Wednesday (+1,506) Meryl Streep, actress, was born.

20/6/1949, Monday (+1,504) The USA, the USSR, France, and the UK signed a Four-Power agreement on Berlin, including a clause ensuring the freedom of movement within the entire city.

16/6/1949, Thursday (+1,500) The Hungarian Communist Party began a Stalinist purge, starting with the arrest of Foreign Minister Laszlo Rajk.

15/6/1949, Wednesday (+1,499) Simon Callow, actor, was born.

10/6/1949, Friday (+1,494) John Sentanu, Archbishop of York, was born.

7/6/1949, Tuesday (+1,491) In a statement to US Congress, President Harry S Truman, talking about measures necessary to prevent Communist domination of the Pacific, declared that Korea had become a testing ground in the ideological conflict between Communism and democracy.

6/6/1949, Monday (+1,490) George Orwell�s book Nineteen Eighty Four was published. Suffering from tuberculosis, Orwell completed the book between periods of hospitalisation in a remote house in The Hebrides.

5/6/1949, Sunday (+1,489) Ken Follett, Welsh author, was born.

4/6/1949, Saturday (+1,488)

3/6/1949, Friday (+1,487) Wesley Anthony Brown became the first African-American to graduate from the US Naval Academy.

2/6/1949. Thursday (+1,486) Transjordan was renamed Jordan.

1/6/1949, Wednesday (+1,485)

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30/5/1949, Monday (+1,483) Robert Williams, cricketer, was born.

29/5/1949, Sunday (+1,482) Francis Rossi, musician, was born.

26/5/1949. Thursday (+1,479) Chinese Communists captured Shanghai.

24/5/1949, Tuesday (+1,477) Jim Broadbent, actor, was born.

23/5/1949. Monday (+1,476) (1) Chinese Communists drove the Nationalists off the mainland to Taiwan.

(2) The Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) was formally established, with its capital at Bonn.

21/5/1949, Saturday (+1,474) Rosalind Plowright, soprano singer, was born.

13/5/1949, Friday (+1,466) Britain flew its first jet bomber, the Canberra, from Warton airfield, Canberra.

12/5/1949. Thursday (+1,465) The Soviet blockade of West Berlin was called off after 11 months, it began 28 June 1948. It had cost the Allies �200 million to fly in food and essential supplies, with up to 200 flights a day.

11/5/1949. Wednesday (+1,464) (1) Israel was voted into the UN.

(2) Siam changed its name to Thailand.

9/5/1949. Monday (+1,462) (1) Prince Ranier III became Head of State of Monaco, succeeding his grandfather Prince Louis II.

(2) Britain�s first launderette opened in Queensway, London.

(3) Billy Joel, American singer and songwriter, was born in the Bronx, New York.

6/5/1949, Friday (+1,459) Maurice Maeterlinck, Belgian playwright, died aged 86.

5/5/1949, Thursday (+1,458) The USSR announced it would lift the blockade of Berlin on 12.5.1949.

4/5/1949, Wednesday (+1,457) John Force, racing driver, was born in Bell Gardens, California

3/5/1949. Tuesday (+1,456) The Council of Europe was established, after a ten-state conference in London.

2/5/1949, Monday (+1,455) Alan Titchmarsh, gardener and TV personality, was born in Ilkley, England

1/5/1949. Sunday (+1,454) In the UK, the gas industry was nationalised.

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30/4/1949, Saturday (+1,453) Karl Meiler, German tennis player was born (died 2014).

29/4/1949, Friday (+1,452) Mary McKenna, golfing champion, was born.

28/4/1949, Thursday (+1,451), The Allies set up the International Authority for the Ruhr, or IAR.This was dissolved on 10/8/1952 when the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) came into force.

27/4/1949, Wednesday (+1,450) The Commonwealth was founded in London.

26/4/1949, Tuesday (+1,449) Jerry Blackwell, professional wrestler, was born in Stone Mountain, Georgia (died 1995)

25/4/1949, Monday (+1,448) Ian Copeland, impresario and booking agent, was born (died 23/5/2006)

24/4/1949. Sunday (+1,447) Sweets and chocolates came off rations in Britain. Clothes rationing, which began on 2/6/1941, ceased on 15/3/1949. All food rationing ended on 3/7/1954. Identity cards were abolished in Britain on 21/2/1952.

22/4/1949, Friday (+1,445)

20/4/1949, Wednesday (+1,443) The HMS Amethyst was fired upon by Chinese whilst sailing up the Yangtse River with supplies for the British community in Nanking.She was trapped until the night of 30/7/1949 when she successfully sailed downriver 140 miles, under fire from further Chinese forces.

19/4/1949, Tuesday (+1,442) The USA made a US$ 420 million loan to Yugoslavia as an anti-Soviet measure.

18/4/1949. Monday (1,441) (1) The Boy Scouts began their first �bob-a-job� (5p) week.

(2) Ireland was formally proclaimed a Republic (by the Republic of Ireland Act), on an Easter Monday (Easter Rising), at the General Post Office in Dublin, a place with many historical associations with the Rising. See 17/11/1948. Ireland asserted its independence from Britain by leaving the Commonwealth.

17/4/1949, Sunday (+1,440) Easter Sunday.

16/4/1949, Saturday (+1,439) 16,000 tons of supplies were airlifted to West berlin in just 24 hours.

13/4/1949, Wednesday (+1,436)

12/4/1949, Tuesday (+1,435) Scott Turow, writer, was born.

9/4/1949, Saturday (+1,432) (International) The International Court of Justice of the UN handed down its first judgement. It held Albania responsible for incidents in the Corfu Channel, 1946, and awarded damages to the UK.

8/4/1949, Friday (+1,431) John Madden, film director, was born.

7/4/1949, Thursday (+1,430) Luca Cumani, racehorse trainer, was born.

6/4/1949, Wednesday (+1,429)

5/4/1949, Tuesday (+1,428) Mike Tredgett, badminton champion, was born.

4/4/1949. Monday (+1,427) The North Atlantic Treaty was signed in Washington. NATO was set up on 18/3/1949, by Britain and seven other European countries. Denmark had agreed to join on 25/3/1949. Eleven countries signed in total.

3/4/1949, Sunday (+1,426) Jordan signed an armistice with Israel.

2/4/1949, Saturday (+1,425) (Football) Bernd Muller, German footballer, was born.

1/4/1949, Friday (+1,424) (1) The National Parks Bill was approved by the UK Parliament. 12 National Parks were created, covering 9% of thearea of England and Wales; none were created in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

(2) The 6th Marquess of Bath took the unprecedented step of opening his house to visits by paying tourists. 135,000 came in the first 12 months. As he later explained, aristocratic homes had to be run as businesses, to gain the same tax regime as other businesses. The assets of the wealthy had been shrunk by heavy taxation, including Death Duties of 75% on estates of over �1million.

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31/3/1949. Thursday (+1,423) Newfoundland, with its dependency Labrador, joined Canada as the 10th province of the dominion.

30/3/1949, Wednesday (+1,422) (Chemistry) Friedirch Karl Rudolf Bergius, German chemist, died in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

29/3/1949, Tuesday (+1,421) Eric Idle, comedian, was born.

27/3/1949, Sunday (+1,419)

26/3/1949, Saturday (+1,418) Patrick Suskind, writer, was born.

25/3/1949, Friday (+1,417) Denmark agreed to join NATO.

24/3/1949, Thursday (+1,416) Ruud Krol, Dutch footballer, was born.

23/3/1949, Wednesday (+1,415) Lebanon and Israel signed an armistice.

22/3/1949, Tuesday (+1,414) Fanny Ardant, actress, was born.

21/3/1949, Monday (+1,413) Alvin Kalicharan, cricketer, was born.

20/3/1949, Sunday (+1,412)

18/3/1949, Friday (+1,410) Alex Higgins, snooker champion, was born.

17/3/1949, Thursday (+1,409) The USSR agreed to provide heavy military equipment to North Korea.

16/3/1949, Wednesday (+1,408) Leyland Hodgson, British-born US actor, died aged 56.

15/3/1949, Tuesday (+1,407) Clothes rationing ended in Britain. See 24/4/1949.

12/3/1949, Saturday (+1,404) David Mellor, UK politician, was born.

9/3/1949, Wednesday (+1,401) Neil Hamilton, UK politician, was born.

8/3/1949, Tuesday (+1,400) Vietnam became independent within the French Union.

7/3/1949, Monday (+1,399) Ghulam Nabi Azad, Indian politician, was born.

4/3/1949, Friday (+1,396) George Larner, Olympic walker, died.

2/3/1949. Wednesday (+1,394) A crew of US Air Force personnel completed the first non stop round the world flight, refuelling four times mid-air, taking 94 hours. See 21/5/1927, first transatlantic flight. The flight captain was James Gallagher, flying the US Air Force B50 �Lucky Lady�.

1/3/1949, Tuesday (+1,393) Joe Louis retired as world heavyweight boxing champion.

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28/2/1949, Monday (+1,392)

26/2/1949, Saturday (+1,390) Emma Kirkby, soprano singer, was born.

24/2/1949, Thursday (+1,388) Egypt and Israel signed an armistice.

23/2/1949, Wednesday (+1,387) Jews in Berlin protested at the portrayal of Jewish character Fagin in Alec Guinness�s film Oliver Twist.

22/2/1949, Tuesday (+1,386) Austrian racing driver Nicki Lauda was born.

20/2/1949, Sunday (+1,384) Ivana Trump, US socialite was born.

16/2/1949, Wednesday (+1,380) Chaim Weizmann was sworn in as first President of Israel.

14/2/1949, Monday (+1,378) Egypt and Israel signed an armistice.

13/2/1949, Sunday (+1,377) Thomas Palmer, boxer, died (born 19/1/1876).

12/2/1949, Saturday (+1,376) Fergus Slattery, rugby player, was born.

11/2/1949, Friday (+1,375) George Botsford, US composer, died in New York (born 24/2/1874 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

10/2/1949, Thursday (+1,374)

9/2/1949, Wednesday (+1,373) US actor Robert Mitchum was jailed for 2 months for smoking marijuana.

8/2/1949, Tuesday (+1,372) The Irish Government refused to join NATO whilst Ireland remained divided between South and North.

1/2/1949, Tuesday (-1,365) the People�s Republic of H8ungary was officially proclaimed.

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28/1/1949, Friday (+1,361) Jean Pierre Wimille, racing car driver, was born.

27/1/1949, Thursday (+1,360) Graham Thorner, champion jockey, was born.

26/1/1949, Wednesday (+1,359) The first test photograph was made at Mount Palomar observatory.

25/1/1949. Tuesday (+1,358) (1) COMECON (Council for Mutual Economic Assistance) was founded in Moscow.

(2) Ben Gurion's Mapai Party won the Israeli elections.

24/1/1949, Monday (+1,357) John Belushi, actor, was born

23/1/1949, Sunday (+1,356) General elections were held in Japan. The Democratic Liberal Party won 269 of the 466 seats.

22/1/1949 Saturday (+1,355) The Chinese Communists under Mao Tse Tung captured Peking. The Nationalists under Chaing Kai Shek were defeated at Huai Hai north of Beijing.

21/1/1949, Friday (+1,354) Chiang Kai Shek resigned

20/1/1949, Thursday (+1,353) Attlee set up a Royal Commission on capital punishment.

19/1/1949. Wednesday (+1,352) In the US, President Truman was inaugurated.

18/1/1949, Tuesday (+1,351) Philippe Starck, architect, was born.

16/1/1949, Sunday (+1,349)

15/1/1949. Saturday (+1,348) (1) Konrad Adenauer became Chancellor of West Germany (born 15/1/1876).

(2) Chinese Communists captured Tientsin.

14/1/1949, Friday (+1,347) 100 died in Asian-Black riots in South Africa.

13/1/1949, Thursday (+1,346) In Durban, South Africa, three days of rioting between Africans and Indians began overa rumour that an Indian had killed an African.

12/1/1949. Wednesday (+1,345) In Britain, Margaret Allen was hanged, the first woman hanged for 12 years.

11/1/1949, Tuesday (+1,344)

10/1/1949 Monday (+1,343) 33.3 and 45 rpm vinyl records went on sale in the USA.

9/1/1949, Sunday (+1,342) British comedian Tommy Handley died.

8/1/1949, Saturday (+1,343) Wolfgang Puck, chef, was born.

7/1/1949, Friday (+1,340) Marshall was succeeded by Acheson as US Secretary of State.

6/1/1949, Thursday (+1,339)

4/1/1949, Tuesday (+1,337) Michael Mills, footballer, was born.

3/1/1949, Monday (+1,336) Robert Aitken, US sculptor (born 8/5/1878) died.

2/1/1949, Sunday (+1,335) The Battle of the Sinai in the Arab-Israeli War ended when Israeli forces withdrew from the Sinai Peninsula.

1/1/1949. Saturday (+1,334) India and Pakistan agreed a truce in the war over Kashmir.

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31/12/1948, Friday (+1,333) Donna Summer, US singer, was born.

29/12/1948, Wednesday (+1,331)

27/12/1948, Monday (+1,329) Gerard Depardieu, French actor, was born.

26/12/1948, Sunday (+1,328) In Hungary, the Protestant and Jewish communities accepted compensation payments for the government nationalisation of their religious schools. However the Hungarian Catholic Church, under the authority of Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, refused to accept this measure. On this day Mindszenty was arrested, and on 8/2/1949 sentenced to life imprisonment.

25/12/1948, Saturday (+1,327)

23/12/1948, Thursday (+1,325) Hideki Tojo, Japanese Prime Minister 1941-44, who attacked Pearl Harbour and so provoked the entry of the USA into the War, was hanged as a war criminal.

22/12/1948, Wednesday (+1,324) Chris Old, cricketer, was born.

21/12/1948, Tuesday (+1,323) Ireland passed the Republic of Ireland Act, becoming a Republic and leaving the Commonwealth.

20/12/1948, Monday (+1,322) Eustace Miles, rackets and tennis player, died (born 22/9/1868).

17/12/1948, Friday (+1,319)

15/12/1948. Wednesday (+1,317) (1) France�s first nuclear reactor began operating.

(2) In Indonesia, Dutch troops seized Jakarta.

14/12/1948, Tuesday (+1,316) South Korea formed a Department of National Defence.

13/12/1948, Monday (+1,315) Lilian Board, athletics champion, was born (died 26/12/1970)

12/12/1948, Sunday (+1,314) In El Salvador, President Salvador Castaneda Castro was ousted in a coup mounted by young Army officers, who demanded social and economic reforms. Major Oscar Osorio (1910-1969) became Head of Government, and was elected President in 1950. He legalised Trades Unions, improved housing, and encouraged industrial and agricultural development.

11/12/1948, Saturday (+1,313) At a ceremony in Ottawa, terms of union were signed between Canada and the Dominion of Newfoundland by which Newfoundland would become a province of Canada.

10/12/1948, Friday (+1,312) (1) The United Nations issued the Declaration of Human Rights.

(2) A force of Calderon supporters attempted an invasion of Costa Rica but were repulsed.

5/12/1948, Sunday (+1,307) Formula One motor racing champion Keijo �Keke� Rosberg was born in Solna, Sweden.

3/12/1948, Friday (+1,305) Colonel Mary Agnes Hallaren became the first female officer in the US Army.

2/12/1948, Thursday (+1,304) Antonin Panenka, Czech footballer, was born.

1/12/1948. Wednesday (+1,303) National Service in Britain was increased from 12 to 18 months.

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28/11/1948. Sunday (+1,300) The first Polaroid cameras went on sale, in Boston, USA. The price was US$ 89.75 � the equivalent of US$ 900, or UK�595 in 2015. All 37 had sold by the end of the day.

26/11/1948, Friday (+1,298) JA Holden & Co began in Australia in 1856 and became a leading saddlery company; by 1906 the founder�s grandson added car upholstery repair services. After World War Two, Holden executives agreed with Chevrolet to build a Chevrolet-based car in Australia. This day the Holden 48-215, the first mass-produced Australian car, began rolling off the assembly line.

25/11/1948, Thursday (+1,297) Paul Murphy, Irish politician, was born.

24/11/1948, Wednesday (+1,296) Ian Hallam, cycling champion, was born in Nottingham.

20/11/1948, Saturday (+1,292) The New Zealand flightless Takahe bird had only been sighted 4x between 1800 and 1900 and was presumed extinct. However this day Dr Geoffrey Orbell located the first individual of what was found to be a colony of 250 individuals in the Murchison Mountains, South Island.

17/11/1948, Wednesday (+1,289) In Dublin, a�Republic of Ireland� Bill was introduced to the Parliament, severing all links with Britain; Ireland left the Commonwealth.See 18/4/1949.

16/11/1948, Tuesday (+1,288) US President Truman refused to participate in talks with the Soviets on the future of Berlin until the blockade was lifted.

15/11/1948, Monday (+1,287) (1) (Aviation, Israel) The Israeli airline El Al was founded.

(2) (Canada) W L Mackenzie-King, Prime Minister of Canada, resigned and entered retirement. He was succeeded by Louis St Laurent.

14/11/1948. Sunday (+1,286) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, was born in Buckingham Palace, as Charles Philip Arthur George.

12/11/1948, Friday (+1,284) The main War Crimes trials ended in Japan. Hideki Tojo and 6 others were sentenced to death by hanging; 16 received life imprisonment, and 2 were given shorter prison terms. The hangings were carried out on 23/12/1948.

9/11/1948, Tuesday (+1,281) Vincent Schiavelli, actor, was born (died 26/12/2005)

4/11/1948, Thursday (+1,276) The new Indian Constitution was formally introduced to the Constituent Assembly.

3/11/1948, Wednesday (+1,275) Lulu, or Marie Lawrie, actress, was born.

2/11/1948. Tuesday (+1,274) Harry S Truman was re-elected as President of the USA.

1/11/1948, Monday (+1,273)

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30/10/1948, Saturday (+1,271) Richard Alston, choreographer, was born

29/10/1948, Friday (+1,270) Chinese Communist forces captured the important city of Mukden, and its arsenal, from Kuomintang forces.

28/10/1948, Thursday (+1,269) Swiss chemist Paul Muller was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of DDT.

27/10/1948, Wednesday (+1,268) General Manuel Odria (1897-1974), Conservative Peruvian Army Chief of Staff,, took power, and APRA was banned again.

24/10/1948, Sunday (+1,265) Philip Bennett, rugby player, was born.

17/10/1948, Sunday (+1,258) Margot Kidder, actress, was born.

15/10/1948, Friday (+1,256) US President Gerald Ford married widow Elizabeth Bloomer Warren.

12/10/1948. Tuesday (+1,253) First Morris Minor came off the production line at Cowley, Oxfordshire.The car was designed by Alex Issigonis.

11/10/1948, Monday (+1,252) Daryl Hall, rock singer, was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania

10/10/1948, Sunday (+1,251)

9/10/1948, Saturday (+1,250) Jackson Browne, musician, was born.

8/10/1948, Friday (+1,249) Johnny Ramone, musician, was born.

7/10/1948, Thursday (+1,248) In Japan, Shigeru Yoshida formed a Democratic-Liberal Government.

6/10/1948, Wednesday (+1,247) Gerry Adams, Irish Republican politician, was born.

4/10/1948, Monday (+1,245)

2/10/1948, Saturday (+1,243) Trevor Brooking, footballer, was born.

1/10/1948, Friday (+1,242) Phraya Manopakorn Nititada, 1st Prime Minister of Siam, died aged 64

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30/9/1948, Thursday (+1,241) Edward Bourne, fencer, was born.

29/9/1948, Wednesday (+1,240) Bryant Gumbel, TV host, was born.

28/9/1948. Tuesday (+1,239) First British Grand Prix held at Silverstone.

27/9/1948, Monday (+1.238) Barbara Dixon, actress, was born.

26/9/1948, Sunday (+1,237) Olivia Newton John, singer, was born.

25/9/1948, Saturday (+1,236) Vladimir Yevtushenkov, business oligarch, was born in Smolensk, USSR

24/9/1948, Friday (+1,235) The Honda Motor Company was founded in Tokyo, Japan. Its sales in the USA began in 1972, when the energy crisis forced US consumers to look at smaller more economical cars.

23/9/1948, Thursday (+1,234) 12,000 people attended a rally of the American Communist Party at Madison Square Garden.

22/9/1948, Wednesday (+1,233) Captain Mark Phillips, husband of Princess Anne, was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

21/9/1948, Tuesday (+1,232) The Irgun dissolved and handed over its arms to the Israeli government in response to an ultimatum to either disband or be labelled a terrorist organization.

20/9/1948, Monday (+1,231) In Israel, the Stern Gang was declared illegal.

19/9/1948, Sunday (+1,230) Jeremy Irons, actor, was born.

18/9/1948, Saturday (+1,229) 200 arrests were made in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in connection with the assassination of Count Bernadotte.

17/9/1948. Friday (+1,228) Jewish terrorists assassinated Count Folke Bernadotte, Swedish UN mediator, in Jerusalem.

16/9/1948, Thursday (+1,227) Julia Donaldson, English children's writer, was born in London, England.

15/9/1948, Wednesday (+1,226) (Aviation) R Johnson, USA, set a new aviation speed record of 670.98 mph.

14/9/1948, Tuesday (+1,225) Marc Reisner, US environmental author, was born.

13/9/1948, Monday (+1,224) Nehru sent Indian troops to occupy the State of Hyderabad, whose ruler, the Nizam, had declined to join India. An appeal by the Nizam to the United Nations was in vain. The Nizam was allowed to keep his palaces and other private property.

12/9/1948, Sunday (+1,223) Max Walker, Australian cricket player, was born.

11/9/1948, Saturday (+1,222) Death of Muhammed Ali Jinnah, first Governor-General of Pakistan.

10/9/1948, Friday (+1,221) Margaret Trudeau, former Canadian 1st lady, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.

9/9/1948 Thursday (+1,220) (1) Footwear rationing ended in the UK.

(2) Following the withdrawal of Russian troops, North Korea became independent as the People�s Democratic Republic of North Korea.

7/9/1948, Tuesday (+1,218)

6/9/1948, Monday (+1,217) John Derry, piloting a De Havilland DH 108, in a dive, became the first pilot to fly at supersonic speed in Britain.

5/9/1948, Sunday (+1,216) In France, Robert Schuman became President of the Council while being Foreign Minister, As such, he was the negotiator of the major treaties of the end of World War II.

4/9/1948. Saturday (+1,215) Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, aged 68, Queen since 1890, abdicated. Juliana, her daughter,39, became Queen on 6/9/1948.

3/9/1948, Friday (+1,214) Eduard Benes, Czech President until the Communist take-over, died.See 6/6/1948.

2/9/1948, Thursday (+1,213) Christa McAuliffe, US teacher who died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

1/9/1948. Wednesday (+1,212) The North China People�s Republic was formed by the Communists, under Chairman Mao.

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29/8/1948, Sunday (+1,209) Nick Darke, playwright, was born (died 10/6/2005)

24/8/1948, Tuesday (+1,204) Jean Michel Jarre, musician, was born

23/8/1948, Monday (+1,203) The World Council of Churches was formed.

20/8/1948, Friday (+1,200) Greek Communists were defeated by Government forces.

17/8/1948, Tuesday (+1,197) Julian Fellowes, actor, was born

16/8/1948, Monday (+1,196) George Herman Ruth, US professional baseball player, died aged 53.

15/8/1948. Sunday (+1,195) The Republic of Korea was proclaimed in the south of the peninsula; Syngman Rhee was the first President. On 9/9/1948 a Communist republic was set up in North Korea.

14/8/1948, Saturday (+1,194) The London Olympics closed.

11/8/1948, Wednesday (+1,191) Don Boyd, film director, was born.

7/8/1948, Saturday (+1,187) Greg Chappell, cricketer, was born.

5/8/1948, Thursday (+1,185) Ray Clemence, footballer, was born.

2/8/1948, Monday (+1,182) Alger Hiss testified in the US McCarthy anti-Communist hearings, using the phrase �Reds under the bed�.

1/8/1948, Sunday (+1,181) The French zone of occupation was merged with the �bizone� (see 27/5/1947) to form the �trizone�. The �trizone� later became West Germany (see 23/5/1949).

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31/7/1948, Saturday (+1,180) (Aviation) Idlewild Airport, New York, opened (4,900 acres).

30/7/1948, Friday (+1,179) The world�s first radar station designed to assist shipping was opened at Liverpool, UK.

29/7/1948. Thursday (+1,178) The first post-war Olympic Games, the 14th, opened in London. Opened by King George V at Wembley Stadium, these were the first Games since those in Berlin in 1936. The atmosphere was one of post-war austerity and reconstruction, and Japan, the USSR, and Germany were not present. The USA won 38 gold medals.The UK came 12th.

28/7/1948, Wednesday (+1,177)

27/7/1948, Tuesday (+1,176) Woolf Barnato, motor racing champion, died.

26/7/1948, Monday (+1,175) By executive order, US President Harry S Truman ended racial segregation in the US armed forces.

25/7/1948. Sunday (+1,174) Bread rationing ended in Britain.

23/7/1948, Friday (+1,172) US film director David Wark Griffith died.

21/7/1948, Wednesday (+1,170) Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), songwriter and musician, was born.

18/7/1948, Sunday (+1,167) James Watt, boxer, was born.

17/7/1948, Saturday (+1,166) Wayne Sleep, dancer, was born.

16/7/1948, Friday (+1,165) Pinchas Zukerman, violinist, was born

15/7/1948. Thursday (+1,164) (1) The UN ordered a ceasefire in Palestine.

(2) Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in London, having been in existence in America since 1935.

(3) John Pershing, commander of the US Army in France in World War One, nicknamed �Black Jack�, died in Washington DC.

13/7/1948, Tuesday (+1,162) It was announced that the UK coal industry lost �13 million in its first year of nationalisation.

10/7/1948, Saturday (+1,159) Full university status was granted to University College, Nottingham.

5/7/1948. Monday (+1,154) The National Health Service was established in the UK (see 6/11/1946). Introduced under a Labour government, it provided free medical treatment, and free prescriptions for glasses, teeth, and wigs. In its first year the NHS cared for 47.5 million patients, provided 5.25 million pairs of glasses, 7,000 artificial eyes and 5,000 wigs. Doctors wrote 187 million NHS prescriptions, and by 1950, 95% of UK citizens were using the NHS.

4/7/1948, Sunday (+1,153) The Yugoslav Communist Party was expelled from Cominform.

3/7/1948, Saturday (+1,152) Painter Arshile Gorky committed suicide in New York, aged 43.

2/7/1948, Friday (+1,151) Saul Rubinek, actor and filmmaker, was born in Fuhrenwald displaced persons camp, Germany

1/7/1948. Thursday (+1,150) (1) The first Oxfam shop opened in the UK. See 1/7/1942.

(2) A secondary school teacher with a degree earned �615 a year, a baker was paid �5 5s(�5.25) a week. The air fare from London to New York was �86 17s (�86.85p). The standard rail fare from Manchester to London return was �1 17s (�1.85p). The return bus fare from Manchester to Wythenshawe, 8 miles, was 1 shilling (5p).

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30/6/1948, Wednesday (+1,149) The last British troops left Palestine.

29/6/1948, Tuesday (+1,148) London dock workers voted to end their 16-day strike and go back to work rather than face the government's threat to invoke its broad emergency powers.

28/6/1948. Monday (+1,147) (1) Yugoslavia ceased to be a Soviet satellite. Yugoslavia strengthened its ties with the West, and with Turkey and Greece. On 14/11/1951 a US-Yugoslav military agreement was reached providing for supply of tanks and heavy artillery to the Yugoslav Army. On 28/2/1953 a Turkish-Greek-Yugoslav treaty of friendship and co-operation was signed in Ankara, and on 9/8/1954 the three governments strengthened this treaty into a military and defensive alliance.

(2) The Anglo-US airlift to Berlin began; see 12/5/1949.

27/6/1948, Sunday (+1,146) The Czech Social Democratic Party was absorbed into the Communist Party.

26/6/1948, Saturday (+1,145) Columbia officially released its new 33.3 rpm long playing records.

25/6/1948, Friday (+1,144) Jim Cohen, radio astronomer, was born (died 1/11/2006)

24/6/1948. Thursday (+1,143) The Russians began a blockade of West Berlin.The Berlin Airlift began on 28/6/1948 and delivered some 7,000 tons of food supplies to the city over a period of three months by British and American aircraft, defying the Soviet land blockade. The airlift continued until 30/9/1949, although the Soviet blockade was lifted on 12/5/1949. See 30/3/1948.

23/6/1948, Wednesday (+1,142) The UK Government called in soldiers to begin unloading food supplies tied up in the 10-day dockworker's strike.

22/6/1948. Tuesday (+1,141) Dr Peter Goldmark of Columbia Records unveiled the first successfully produced micro-groove, or long playing, record.

21/6/1948, Monday (+1,140) The first computer using stored programmes was built at Manchester University, UK.

20/6/1948, Sunday (+1,139) Ludwig Scotty, President of Nauru, was born in Anabar, Nauru

19/6/1948, Saturday (+1,138) Barry Hearn, sporting events promoter, was born

18/6/1948, Friday (+1,137) Germany replaced the old Reichsmark with the Deutschemark.

17/6/1948, Thursday (+1,136) (Innovation) The transistor was patented in New Jersey for Bell Telephones.

16/6/1948, Wednesday (+1,135) (1) (Aviation) The first airline hijack took place.A gang of Chinese bandits took over a Cathay Pacific flying boat, Miss Macao, on a scheduled flight to Hong Kong. The crew fought back and the aircraft crashed, killing everyone except the hijack gang leader. Foul play was at first not suspected, until salvagers recovered the bullet-ridden plane. Police then placed an informer next to Wong yu Man�s hospital bed with a tape recorder and recorded conversations between them.

(2)Britain was reluctant to grant full independence to Malaysia, due to the ongoing Cold War between Communism and the West, with China so close by. The UK did, this day, grant �autonomy� of Malay rule; this reaffirmation of Anglo-Malay relations angered China, who sponsored the formation of the Malayan Races Liberation Army (MNLA), led by Chin Peng. The MNLA began an armed insurrection against the British. There were some 500,000 MNLA sympathisers within Malaysia, and this conflict delayed further the departure of the UK, who feared a Communist Chinese takeover of the region if they did leave.

15/6/1948, Tuesday (+1,134) (Israel) The Israeli Herut Party was founded by Menachim Begin.

14/6/1948, Monday (+1,133) In Hungary the Social Democrats, under force-majeure, reluctantly agreed to merge with the Communists to form the Hungarian Workers Party.

13/6/1948, Sunday (+1,132) Sandy Barclay, jockey, was born.

10/6/1948, Thursday (+1,129)

9/6/1948, Wednesday (+1,128) Nick Clarke, BBC broadcaster, was born (died 23/11/2006).

8/6/1948, Tuesday (+1,127) Porsche revealed the 356 prototype, the first car badged as a Porsche.

7/6/1948, Monday (+1,126) Over half of UK doctors agreed to join the NHS.

6/6/1948, Sunday (+1.125) (1) In Prague, President Benes resigned.He had been attempted to maintain a neutral government in Czechoslovakia but the Communist, Klement Gottwald succeeded in introducing a Russian-oriented political system.Benes died three months later (3/9/1948), a broken man.

(2) A 6-year period of political instability began, with a successful military coup against President Morinigo. Paraguay then had 6 different Presidents during the next 15 months.

5/6/1948, Saturday (-1,124) Claude Spanghero, French rugby player, was born.

4/6/1948, Friday (+1,123) Robert Champion, horse racing, was born

3/6/1948, Thursday (+1,122) (Space) (1) The large telescope on Mount Palomar, California, with its 5 metre aperture lens, came into service.

(2) DF Malan became Prime Minister of South Africa.

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31/5/1948, Monday (+1,119) The South Korean National Assembly elected Syngman Rhee as Chairman.

29/5/1948, Saturday (+1,117) Linda Esther Gray, opera singer, was born.

27/5/1948, Thursday (+1,115) (Israel) The Israeli Air Force, the Chel Ha�vir, was founded today. The newly formed State of Israel was under attack from the Arabs, but both Israelis and Arabs were very short of planes for aerial operations. The Arabs could muster only ten Spitfires. The Israelis had a dozen Auster air-observation planes. Due to many international arms dealers being unwilling to supply military hardware to Israel, the Israelis had to use considerable ingenuity in assembling an air force. However they were aided not just by Jews and Zionists abroad but by foreign volunteers, mahals, who wanted a fair deal for the race that Hitler attempted to exterminate. The Israelis had previously registered planes (that could be used by their air force) as �sports planes�, and they were very efficient at scouring scrap yards and air crash sites for any spare parts, which could be assembled into a plane that could fly. Another ruse was to form a film company, that was making war epic films, that needed military aircraft for the filming.

26/5/1948. Wednesday (+1,114) (1) South Africa elected a Nationalist government with apartheid policies.

(2) The Israeli Defence Force was set up on the orders of Defence Minister David Ben Gurion, formed out of the paramilitary group Haganah.

25/5/1948, Tuesday (+1,113) Moshe Dayan assisted Israeli General Yigael Yadin to mount a counter offensive against Arab troops, checking their invasion.

24/5/1948, Monday(+1,112) The Battle of Yad Mordechai ended in a successful Israeli delaying action.

23/5/1948. Sunday (+1,111) The Empire Windrush sailed from Jamaica with the first West Indian migrants, to alleviate Britain�s severe labour shortage. It arrived in Britain on 22/6/1948.

22/5/1948, Saturday (+1,110) By a vote of 8-0, the United Nations Security Council ordered a ceasefire in Palestine within 36 hours from midnight, New York time.

21/5/1948, Friday (+1,109) Egyptian forces were reported to be only 4 miles from Bethlehem.

20/5/1948, Thursday (+1,108) Egyptian forces captured Beersheba.

19/5/1948, Wednesday (+1,107) Maximilian Lenz, Austrian artist, died aged 87.

18/5/1948, Tuesday (+1,106) Keith Jarrett, rugby player, was born.

17/5/1948, Monday (+1,105) The USSR recognised the State of Israel.

16/5/1948. Sunday (+1,104) Chaim Weitzmann was named first President of Israel.

15/5/1948, Saturday (+1,103), Egyptian forces invaded Israel.

14/5/1948. Friday (+1,102) The State of Israel was created (see 16/2/1949, 27/4/1950), after the British Mandate ended in Palestine, and the first Arab-Israeli war began. Arab forces invaded from Jordan. See also 2/11/1917, Balfour Declaration. Ben Gurion was the head of the provisional Israeli Government. The nation�s 400,000 Jews at once opened the country to unrestricted Jewish immigration, which had been banned since 1944. US President Harry Truman immediately recognised the new State. On 15/5/1948 the British left Palestine, and Egypt invaded, as did Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. The 30,000-strong Israeli defence force, the Haganah, assumed a war footing. However the Arab attacks were uncoordinated and by the end of 1948 the Israeli Army, by then 100,000 strong, had achieved conclusive victory.

13/5/1948, Thursday (+1,101) The Kfar Etzion massacre. After a 2-day battle in which Jewish Kibbutz residents and Haganah militia defended Kfar Etzion from Arab forces. 129 Jews were killed and the kibbutz was looted and razed to the ground.

12/5/1948, Wednesday (+1,100) Steve Winwood, rock musician, was born.

11/5/1948, Tuesday (+1,099) Luigi Einaudi was elected President of Italy.

8/5/1948, Saturday (+1,096) In Costa Rica, Figueres formed a ruling military junta which held power for 18 months.

3/5/1948, Monday (+1,091) The US Supreme Court ruled that private acts of discrimination, such as refusing to sell a house to a member of a certain racial group, could not be enforced in law.

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30/4/1948. Friday (+1,088) (1) First Land Rover exhibited at the Amsterdam Motor Show.

(2) The Organisation of American States was set up. The agreement, covering all 21 of the republics in the Americas, was signed at Bogota, Colombia. The fourteenth state ratified the treaty on 13/12/1951, thereby formally legally validating the treaty.

28/4/1948, Wednesday (+1,086) After some 6 weeks of civil war in Costa Rica, Figueres triumphed and entered the capital, San Jose.

26/4/1948, Monday (+1,084) South Molucca declared independence from Indonesia.

24/4/1948, Saturday (+1,082) National Liberation forces captured the Costa Rican capital.

22/4/1948, Thursday (+1,080) Jews gained control of Haifa.

19/4/1948, Monday (+1,077) The USA tested a plutonium bomb at Eniwetok Atoll.

18/4/1948, Sunday (+1,076) (1) The Christian Democrats won an absolute majority in Italian elections, securing 305 out of 574 seats.

(2) All roads between Berlin and West Germany were now blocked by the Soviets.

17/4/1948, Saturday (+1,075)Jan Hammer, composer, was born.

16/4/1948. Friday (+1,074) The Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) was set up, see 14/12/1960.

14/4/1948, Wednesday (+1,072)

13/4/1948, Tuesday (+1,071) The Romanian Constitution was redrafted, on Soviet lines.

12/4/1948. Monday (+1,070) The Roosevelt Memorial was unveiled in Grosvenor Square, London.

11/4/1948, Sunday (+1,069) The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls was announced.

10/4/1948, Saturday (+1,068) Cumberland Cricket Club was founded.

9/4/1948, Friday (+1,067) (1) (Israel) The Irgun, under Begin, massacred between 116 and 254 Palestinians in the village of Deir Yassin. Three days later a retaliatory attack killed 77 Jews.

(2) Major riots in Bogota, Colombia, following the assassination of the popular liberal-nationalist politician, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan. Martial law was declared under moderate-conservative Mariano Ospina Perez; the pro-Nazi Gomez became President of Colombia in 1950.

8/4/1948, Thursday (+1,066)

7/4/1948. Wednesday (+1,065) The World Health Organisation was set up with its headquarters in Geneva. Its aim was to attain the highest possible level of health for all peoples.

6/4/1948, Tuesday (+1,064) Finland signed a Treaty of Friendship with the USSR, promising to resist any attack on the USSR made through Finland by Germany or its allies.

3/4/1948, Saturday (+1,061) Mary Gordon-Watson, equestrian champion, was born.

1/4/1948. Thursday (+1,059) (1) Britain nationalised the electricity industry. Average weekly earnings for men aged over 21 were �6, 14 shillings �6.70). For women over 18 full time they were �3, 12 shillings, 11d (�3.64.5p). Adult men worked an average 46.5 hours a week; adult women worked 41.6 hours average. The food and drink industry paid some of the lowest wages, at average weekly wage �6, 4 shillings, 1d (�6.20.5p) for men and �3, 8 shillings, 7d (�3.43) for women.

(2) The Soviets suspended all rail services between Berlin and West Germany.

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31/3/1948. Wednesday (+1,058) (1) US Congress passed the Marshall Aid Bill. On 3/4/1948 President Truman signed the Economic Assistance Act, putting in effect Marshall aid for 16 countries in war-torn Europe. The first aid shipments to Europe left the USA on 5/4/1948.

(2) Al Gore, US Vice President under Bill Clinton, noted for his strong pro-environmental stance, was born.

30/3/1948, Tuesday (+1,057) The Russians imposed restrictions on Western traffic into West Berlin. See 26/4/1948. The West feared that the USSR was trying to absorb West Berlin; Moscow said it was responding to the West creating West Germany out of the three western occupation zones.

29/3/1948, Monday (+1,056) Chiang Kai Shek was re-elected President of China by the Nanjing Assembly.

28/3/1948, Sunday (+1,055) Easter Sunday. Milan Williams, keyboard player with the Commodores, was born (died 8/7/2006)

26/3/1948, Friday (+1,053) Kyung Wha Chung, violinist, was born.

25/3/1948, Thursday (+1,052)

24/3/1948, Wednesday (+1,051) The last Lincoln Continental Mark 1 car was manufactured.

23/3/1948, Tuesday (+1,050) (Aviation) J Cunningham, UK, set a new aviation altitude record of 59,445 feet.

22/3/1948, Monday (+1,049) Andrew Lloyd Webber, British composer, was born.

17/3/1948. Wednesday (+1,044) (1) King Farouk of Egypt laid the foundation stone of the Aswan Dam.

(2) Britain, France, and the Benelux countries signed the Brussels Treaty, a pact of economic, military, political, and cultural alliance. The Treaty came into effect on 25/7/1948.

15/3/1948. Monday (+1,042) (1) The UK Civil Service was closed to Fascists and Communists regarding posts vital to State Security.

(2) US coal miners went on strike for better pensions.

12/3/1948, Friday (+1,039) Baroness Virginia Bottomley of Nettlestone, UK politician, was born

11/3/1948. Thursday (+1,038) The offices of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem were blown up.

10/3/1948, Wednesday (+1,037) Ian Masaryk, Czech politician, died in Prague under suspicious circumstances after the Communists gained control.

9/3/1948, Tuesday (+1,036)

8/3/1948, Monday (+1,035) Johnathan Sacks, British Orthodox Jew, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, was born.

7/3/1948. Sunday (+1,034) Juan Peron won elections in Argentina.

5/3/1948, Friday (+1,032) Elaine Page, singer, was born.

4/3/1948, Thursday (+1,031)

3/3/1948, Wednesday (+1,030) Sir Mark Prescott, racehorse trainer, was born

1/3/1948, Monday (+1,028) The Costa Rican Presidential election was won by Otilio Ulate (1895-1973) but on this day the results were annulled by Congress. Civil war immediately began between Ulate�s supporters, led by Colonel Jose Figueres Ferrer (1906-60) and those who supported the defeated Presidential candidate, Rafael Calderon Guardia (1900-70). Calderon�s forces were supported by Communist forces from President Anastasio Somoza (1896-1956)of Nicaragua and President Tiburcio Carias Andino (1876-1969) of Honduras.

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29/2/1948, Sunday (+1,027) Dermot Weld, champion jockey, was born.

28/2/1948. Saturday (+1,026) Last British troops left India.

27/2/1948, Friday (+1,025)

26/2/1948, Thursday (+1,024) David Edgar, playwright, was born.

25/2/1948. Wednesday (+1,023) Communists seized power in Czechoslovakia.In Czech elections in May 1946 the Communists, under Gottwald, secured 114 of the 300 seats and became leader of a coalition government.However by 1948 the Communists were losing popularity in Czechoslovakia, because Gottwald had declined Marshall Aid and because he was appointing his own supporters to senior positions in the police force.A new Czech election was due in May 1948; before this could take place Gottwald organised what was effectively a Communist Revolution, backed by the workers militia and the police; there were no Soviet troops in Czechoslovakia at this time.Gottwald died in March 1953 and was succeeded as Communist dictator by Novotny, who ruled until early 1968.See 5/1/1968.

24/2/1948, Tuesday (+1,022) Denis Waterman, actor, was born.

23/2/1948, Monday (+1,021)

21/2/1948, Saturday (+1,019) NASCAR, the National Association for Stock car Auto racing, was founded in the USA. The origins of stock car racing were in the US Prohibition era, when drivers delivering illegal alcohol tuned up their cars so as to be able to outrun the police. After Prohibition ended, for-profit racing of these enhanced-performance cars began.

20/2/1948, Friday (+1,018) The 863 kilometre railway from Salta, Argentina, to Antofagasta, Chile, was completed.

18/2/1948. Wednesday (+1,016) (1) In a poll by the British Medical Association, 86% of doctors voted against joining the NHS.

(2) In Ireland, John Costello became Head of a new Coalition Government, see 4/2/1948. Fianna Fail, which had held power since 1932, lost votes to Clann na Poblachta, a party headed by Sean McBride, former Chief of Staff of the IRA, and offering a brand of radical republicanism similar to that of Fianna Fail in 1932. Fianna Fail remained the largest party, and Clann na Poblachta with 10 seats was now the junior partner in a coalition with Fine Gael and Labour.

16/2/1948, Monday (+1,014) Britain warned off Argentina as the Argentines conducted naval exercise near the Falkland Islands.

12/2/1948, Thursday (+1,010) (India) The ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were placed in the �holy waters� of the River Ganges at Allahabad.

11/2/1948, Wednesday (+1,009) Soviet composers Aram Kachaturian, Sergei Prokofiev and Dmitri Shostakovich were castigated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party for producing works of �bourgeois decadence�.

10/2/1948, Tuesday (+1,008)

7/2/1948, Saturday (+1,005) William �Red� McKenzie, US blues musician, died in New York (born 14/10/1899 in St Louis).

5/2/1948, Thursday (+1,003) Sven Goran Eriksson, footballer, was born.

4/2/1948. Wednesday (+1,002) (1) (Ireland) De Valera lost his overall majority at the Irish elections, see 18/2/1948.

(2) (India) Ceylon became a self-governing dominion; it had been a British colony since 1802. It achieved full independence on 22/5/1972.

3/2/1948, Tuesday (+1,001) (Innovation, Light) The instant Polaroid camera was patented by Edwin Herbert Land in Massachusetts.

1/2/1948, Sunday (+999) The Federation of Malaya was created, with Penang and Malacca eremaining as British territory. Singapore became a separate British colony.

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30/1/1948. Friday (+997) (1) (India) The Indian leader Mahatma (= �Great Soul) or Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. Ghandi had been at a prayer meeting when he was shot by Nathuram Godse, a fanatic who totally rejected Ghandi's message of goodwill, peace, and love.Some extremist Hindus saw that India could never become a Hindu-dominated state whilst Ghandi was still alive; Ghandi had preached tolerance between Hindus and Moslems. Nathuram Godse was hanged on 15/11/1949. A previous attempt on Ghandi�s life had been made on 20/1/1948.

(2) (Aviation) The US aviator Orville Wright, younger of the two Wright brothers, died.

29/1/1948, Thursday (+996) The first flying car, the Hall Flying Automobile, took off.

28/1/1948, Wednesday (+995) Mikhail Baryshnikov, ballet dancer, was born.

27/1/1948, Tuesday (+994) UK medical consultants threatened to boycott the new National Health Service.

26/1/1948, Monday (+993) John Lomax, writer on folk music, died (born 23/9/1867).

23/1/1948, Friday (+990) Anita Pointer, singer, was born.

16/1/1948, Friday (+983) John Carpenter, film director, was born.

13/1/1948, Tuesday (+980), Mahatma Ghandi began a six-day fast, in order to promote harmony between Muslims and Hindus.

12/1/1948. Monday (+979) (1) A law school in Oklahoma was ordered to admit a Black student.

(2) The Co-op opened the first supermarket in Britain, at Manor Park.

10/1/1948, Saturday (+977)

8/1/1948, Thursday (+975) Kurt Schwitters, German artist, died.

7/1/1948, Wednesday (+974) Jane Bullen, equestrian events champion, was born.

6/1/1948, Tuesday (+973) The Ministries Trial began in Nuremberg. Twenty-one officials of various ministries of the Third Reich went on trial, facing charges for their roles in atrocities committed by the Nazis.

5/1/1948, Monday (+972) In Jerusalem, the Arab-owned Semiramis Hotel was destroyed by a bomb explosion; 20 people were killed.

4/1/1948. Sunday (+971) Burma became independent from Britain, and joined the Commonwealth.The new Republic was troubled by civil war; general Ne Win was in charge of military action against the Karen and their Communist guerrilla allies. U Nu (see 19/7/1947), a devout Buddhist, was Burmese leader until 1962 when Ne Win took over in an army coup.

3/1/1948, Saturday (+970) Alice Lee, archery champion, was born.

2/1/1948, Friday (+969) Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru threatened to invade Pakistan to stop Muslim attacks in Kashmir.

1/1/1948. Thursday (+968) Britain�s railways were nationalised.

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31/12/1947, Wednesday (+967) Burton Cummings, musician, was born.

30/12/1947. Tuesday (+966) (1) The Kashmir problem went before the UN.

(2) King Michael of Romania abdicated, and a Communist republic was set up.

29/12/1947, Monday (+965) Ted Danson, actor, was born in San Diego.

28/12/1947, Sunday (+964) Victor Emmanuel III, King of Italy from 1900 until he abdicated in 1946, died.

27/12/1947, Saturday (+963) The Greek Government banned the Communist Party.

23/12/1947, Tuesday (+959) Some 600,000 people had now died in India since independence in riots.

20/12/1947, Saturday (+956) Malcolm Cooper, Olympic shooter, was born.

17/12/1947. Wednesday (+953) A blizzard dumped 27 inches of snow on New York.

14/12/1947, Sunday (+950) Stanley Baldwin, British Conservative politician, three times Prime Minister, who became Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, died.

4/12/1947, Thursday (-936) Ann Christopher, sculptor, was born

2/12/1947, Tuesday (+938) Anti-Jewish riots broke out in the British colony of Aden (90% Muslim, 5% Jewish, 5% other). 82 Jews, 38 Arabs and 3 others were killed.

1/12/1947, Monday (+937) Samuel Courtauld, silk and nylon manufacturer, and patron of the arts, died in London.

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30/11/1947. Sunday (+936) In London, steam trains from Liverpool Street ceased to run on the Chigwell to Newbury Park loop.

29/11/1947, Saturday (+935) The United Nations voted to partition Palestine between Jewish and Arab areas.

27/11/1947. Thursday (+933) Austrian banks were nationalised.

25/11/1947. Tuesday (+931) The USSR demanded war reparations from Germany.

20/11/1947. Thursday (+926) Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey. Austerity and rationing were temporarily forgotten.

14/11/1947. Friday (+920) The UN recognised the independence of Korea.

13/11/1947. Thursday (+919) Chancellor Hugh Dalton resigned after admitting passing tax details to a reporter minutes before the Budget speech.

12/11/1947, Wednesday (+918) Baroness Emmuska Orczy, writer, died.

10/11/1947, Monday (+916) Strachey admitted to the House of Commons that because of food shortages and rationing, the average daily Calorie intake per head was down to 2,700, as opposed to a British Medical Association recommendation of 3,386 made in July 1933.

7/11/1947, Friday (+913) The first railway in Albania opened. It ran from Durres to Pekinj, 42km.

6/11/1947, Thursday (+914) The first post-War Rolls Royce and Bentley cars arrived in the USA.

4/11/1947, Tuesday (+910) Rodney Marsh, cricketer, was born.

1/11/1947. Saturday (+907) Sports Report, the BBC radio Saturday afternoon programme, went on the air. The Benelux customs union, officially created on 29/10/1947, became active.

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31/10/1947, Friday (+906) Sidney Webb, British economist, socialist and reformer, died aged 88.

29/10/1947, Wednesday (+904) Richard Dreyfuss, actor, was born

27/10/1947, Monday (+902) Geographically Speaking, a TV programme featuring the travels of Mrs Wells, was first broadcast in the USA. Sponsored by Bristol-Myers, it was the first commercially sponsored TV show.

26/10/1947. Sunday (+901) Kashmir joined India despite Pakistani protests.

25/10/1947, Saturday (+900)

24/10/1947, Friday (+899) Kevin Kline, actor, was born

23/10/1947, Thursday (+898) Kazimierz Deyna, Polish footballer, was born.

22/10/1947, Wednesday (+897) Pakistan sent troops into Kashmir, seizing Muzaffarabad and Uri, then advancing towards the Kashmiri capital, Srinagar.

20/10/1947, Monday (+895)

17/10/1947, Friday (+892) Michael McKean, actor, was born.

16/10/1947, Thursday (+891) Terence Griffiths, snooker champion, was born.

14/10/1947. Tuesday (+889) The first supersonic flight was made, by Charles Yeager of California.Major Charles Yeager was taken to 30,000 feet from Edwards Air Base, Muroc, California, in a Bell X-1, underneath a B-29 Superfortress plane, and released. He flew at 670mph, (Mach 1.05), held for several seconds, then landed at Edwards Air Base again.

11/10/1947, Saturday (+886) Alan Pascoe, athletics (hurdles), was born.

9/10/1947. Thursday (+884) The first radio-telephone call was made, from a car to a plane, above Wimington, Delaware, USA. However radio contact between a person in a car and a person on the ground had been made in 1922. This was at Brooklands motor circuit where a Morse message was transmitted from a racing car at 80mph. The aerial was on large poles propped up on the car.

5/10/1947. Sunday (+880) In the US, President Truman urged Americans to give up meat on Tuesdays and poultry and eggs on Thursday to aid Europe.

4/10/1947, Saturday (+879) (1) The German physicist, Max Planck, died at his home in Gottingen, aged 89. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1918 for his work on quantum physics and black-body radiation.

(2) Ann Widdecombe, British politician, was born.

3/10/1947, Friday (+878) Kevin Richardson, rock guitarist, was born

2/10/1947, Thursday (+877) The Jewish Agency for Palestine gave conditional approval to a plan to partition Palestine into a Jewish and Arab state.

1/10/1947, Wednesday (+876) The powers of the Governor-General of Canada were increased by letters patent signed by King George V of Britain, this role now having �full royal powers�.

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30/9/1947, Tuesday (+875) (1) The UK Government asked women to wear shorter skirts, to save cloth.

(2) Pakistan and Yemen joined the UN.

29/9/1947, Monday (+874) Sir Stafford Cripps was appointed by PM Attlee, as Minister of Economic Affairs. He went on to replace Hugh Dalton as Chancellor of the Exchequer following Dalton�s resignation on 13/11/1947. Sir Cripps was a keen advocate of austerity, as the UK made efforts to cut back on imports from outside the Sterling Area.

28/9/1947, Sunday (+873) Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 2009, was born in Tungipara, East Pakistan

27/9/1947, Saturday (+872) Bernard Ford, ice skater, was born.

26/9/1947, Friday (+871) In Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Don Stephen Senanayake became Prime Minister.

25/9/1947, Thursday (+870) Cheryl Tiegs, US fashion designer, was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota.

24/9/1947. Wednesday (+869) 1,200 Muslims fleeing India for Pakistan on a train were massacred by Sikhs at Amritsar in the Punjab.

23/9/1947, Tuesday (+868) Romanian opposition leader Petkov was executed.

22/9/1947, Monday (+867) Jo Beverley, English-born Canadian romance novelist, was born in Blackpool (died 2016)

21/9/1947, Sunday (+866) Stephen King, writer, was born.

19/9/1947, Friday (+864)

18/9/1947, Thursday (+863) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was founded, under the 1947 National Security Act. Created by President Truman, it was a response to the Cold war with the Soviet Union.

17/9/1947, Wednesday (+862) Tessa Jowell, UK politician, was born.

16/9/1947. Tuesday (+861) John Cobb broke the world land speed record at 394 mph.

15/9/1947, Monday (+860) The Free Territory of Trieste was created as the Peace Treaty with Italy came into effect.

14/9/1947, Sunday (+859) Baldwin retired in May 1937 and was made Earl Baldwin of Bewdley. He died on 14 September 1947.

8/9/1947, Monday (+853) Linda Ludgrove, swimming champion, was born.

3/9/1947, Wednesday (+848) Susan Milan, flautist, was born

2/9/1947, Tuesday (+847) The Organisation of American States (OAS) was set up.

1/9/1947, Monday (+846) 31 people were killed in the Dugald rail accident in Dugald, Manitoba, Canada.

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31/8/1947. Sunday (+845) The Communists won Hungarian elections.

30/8/1947, Saturday (+844) About 90 people were killed and 60 injured in a cinema fire in the Rueil district of Paris, France. Police said the blaze was caused by a wire in the second balcony that short-circuited

29/8/1947, Friday (+843) James Hunt, British motor racing champion, was born in Belmont, Surrey.

28/8/1947, Thursday (+842) Ecuador's new dictator Carlos Mancheno abolished the country's 1944 constitution and proclaimed himself President.

27/8/1947. Wednesday (+841) The UK Government announced cuts to deal with an economic crisis.

26/8/1947, Tuesday (+840) Anne Archer, actress, was born.

25/8/1947, Monday (+839) Franz Cumont, Belgian historian of religion (born 3/1/1868) died in Brussels.

24/8/1947, Sunday (+838) The Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama was launched. It was an antidote to the prevailing austerity.

23/8/1947, Saturday (+837) Willy Russell, author and dramatist, was born.

22/8/1947, Friday (+836)

21/8/1947, Thursday (+835) Ettore Bugatti, Italian-born French car designer, died aged 65.

20/8/1947, Wednesday (+834) (Aviation) TF Caldwell, USA, set a new aviation speed record of 640.74 mph.

19/8/1947, Tuesday (+833)

15/8/1947. Friday (+829) (1) India became independent; the Union Jack was run down for the last time in New Delhi. Pandit Nehru was the first Indian Prime Minister.Ali Khan became first PM of the newly created Pakistan.See 4/6/1947 for more details.

(2) The UK�s first atomic reactor, at Harwell, began operating.

14/8/1947, Thursday (+828) Pakistan became independent from Britain.

13/8/1947, Wednesday (+827) (Electricity) In Britain the Electricity Bill received Royal Assent. This provided for the nationalisation of the electricity supply industry.

12/8/1947, Tuesday (+826) The Renault 4CV went into production.

9/8/1947, Saturday (+823)

7/8/1947, Thursday (+821) After a voyage of 101 days and 7,000km, Thor Heyerdahl smashed his balsawood raft Kon Tiki onto a reef at Raroia, proving that the peoples of South America could have settled the Polynesian Islands.

6/8/1947, Wednesday (+820) Alan Sullivan, Canadian poet and short story author, died aged 78

5/8/1947, Tuesday (+819) Angry Anderson, singer, was born.

4/8/1947, Monday (+818) Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas, was born in Pine Ridge, Bahamas

3/8/1947, Sunday (+817) Ceasefire in Indonesia between Dutch troops and Indonesian nationalists took effect.

2/8/1947, Saturday (+818) Maria Santamaria, Spanish singer, was born in Madrid

1/8/1947. Friday (+815) The UN Security Council asked for a ceasefire in Indonesia.

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31/7/1947, Thursday (+814) Richard Griffiths, actor, was born in Thornaby on Tees, North Yorkshire, England (died 2013)

30/7/1947, Wednesday (+813) Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of the Terminator films and Governor of California 2003-11, was born.

29/7/1947, Tuesday (+812) George Bausewine, US baseball player, died aged 78

28/7/1947, Monday (+811) In Romania the National Peasant Party, the most popular Party, was dissolved.

27/7/1947, Sunday (+810) Bob Klein, US footballer, was born

26/7/1947, Saturday (+809) In the USA, Congress passed the National Security Act. This allowed the CIA to engage in counter-intelligence in Europe against the USSR and Warsaw pact countries.

25/7/1947, Friday (+808) Kathleen Scott, British sculptor, died aged 69

24/7/1947, Thursday (+807) Jacques Fouroux, rugby player, was born (died 17/12/2005)

23/7/1947, Wednesday (+806) David Essex, singer, was born.

22/7/1947, Tuesday (+805) Danny Glover, actor, was born.

21/7/1947, Monday (+804) Gareth Edwards, rugby player, was born in Swansea.

20/7/1947. Sunday (+803) Dutch troops attacked Indonesian forces in Java.

19/7/1947, Saturday (+802) The Burmese leader Aung San was assassinated by gunmen in the pay of a political rival, shortly before Burma was to gain independence from Britain, see 4/1/1948.U Nu became leader of Burma.

18/7/1947, Friday (+801) In Palestine the British authorities blocked refugees from landing from the ship Exodus.

17/7/1947, Thursday (+800) Camila, Duchess of Cornwall, was born.

16/7/1947, Wednesday (+799) The House of Lords passed a bill with unprecedented speed when the Indian independence bill was rushed through three readings and a report stage all in the same day. The bill now only required Royal Assent to become law.

15/7/1947, Tuesday (+798) Walter Donaldson, US composer, died in Santa Monica, California (born 15/2/1893 in Brooklyn, New York)

14/7/1947, Monday (+797) Julia Somerville, broadcaster, was born.

13/7/1947, Sunday (+796) Warwick Armstrong, cricketer, died aged 68

12/7/1947, Saturday (+795) Gareth Edwards, rugby player, was born

11/7/1947, Friday (+794) Jinnah was appointed Governor-General of the future Pakistan.

10/7/1947, Thursday (+793) Arlo Guthrie, musician, was born.

9/7/1947, Wednesday (+792) OJ Simpson, footballer, was born.

6/7/1947. Sunday (+789) Spain voted to have a King when Franco died.

3/7/1947. Thursday (+786) The Benelux Union Bill was ratified, creating an economic union of 18 million people.

2/1/1947, Wednesday (+785) Larry David, comedy writer, actor and TV producer, was born in Brooklyn, New York

1//7/1947. Tuesday (+784) A Police Constable was paid �273 a year. A pint of beer rose from 1s 1d (5.5p) to 1s 4d (7p). A �New Length Cardigan� from Debenham and Freebody cost �(�4.16p) plus 6 coupons. A man�s watch cost �6.40. The average UK wage was �351 a year. The average UK house cost �1,577. A 6-bed house in Wimbledon cost �7,250 (4.60 x average).Road tax for a car cost ��1. 2 weeks in Lucerne cost �57.

500g of streaky bacon cost 8p.500g of beef cost 7p.250g of cheddar cheese cost 2p.250g of butter cost 4p.500g of margarine cost 4p.1 kg old potatoes cost 1p.125g of loose tea cost 4p.�� 6 eggs cost 4p.1 kg granulated sugar cost 3p.800g sliced white bread cost 2p.1 pint of pasteurised milk cost 2p. The Observer newspaper cost 1p.

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30/6/1947. Monday (+783) (1) In the UK, food rations were cut further in the midst of an economic crisis.

(2) US coal mining was denationalised.

29/6/1947, Sunday (+782) William Surtees, rackets champion, was born.

28/6/1947, Saturday (+781) The statue of Eros returned to Piccadilly Circus.

26/6/1947, Thursday (+779)

24/6/1947, Tuesday (+777) US pilot Kenneth Arnold, flying over Mount Ranier, Washington State, filed the first report of flying saucers; he reported seeing nine flying disc-shaped objects.

23/6/1946, Monday (+776) In the USA, the closed shop, compulsory trades union membership, was banned.

22/6/1947, Sunday (+775) Jerry Rawlings, President of Ghana, was born.

21/6/1947, Saturday (+774) Ford announced the start of post-War car production in Britain.

20/6/1947, Friday (+773) First performance, at Glyndebourne, of Benjamin Britten�s opera Albert Herring.

19/6/1947, Thursday (+772) Salman Rushdie was born.

15/6/1947, Sunday (+768) In India the Congress Party agreed British plans for partition.

10/6/1947, Tuesday (+763)

6/6/1947, Friday (+759) Marion Mould, equestrian champion, was born.

5/6/1947. Thursday (+758) US Secretary of State George Marshall announced the Marshall Plan to help Europe recover from near � bankruptcy following the War.See 16/4/1947.

4/6/1947. Wednesday (+757) (India) The last British viceroy to India, Lord Mountbatten, announced that plans for Indian independence from Britain would be speeded up and completed in just 70 days, not the 12 months previously envisaged (see 20/2/1947). Britain was deep in economic crisis and wanted to shed Empire as fast as possible. As a result of this haste, the subcontinent was hacked crudely into three states, and following this a million people were massacred and one of the greatest forced migrations in history began as Muslims fled India and Hindus fled East and West. Pakistan. This was the start of the Kashmir problem. The Maharajah of Kashmir was faced with a choice of joining Pakistan, effectively ending his own rule, or of joining India with his mainly Muslim population. On Independence Day, 15/8/1947, Kashmir had still not decided who to join. In October 1947 Afghan tribesmen, backed by Pakistan, began invading Kashmir from Pakistan and in response India sent tens of thousands of troops to repel them, one day after the Maharajah had decided to join India. Had Britain not pulled out of India in such haste, more orderly arrangements for Kashmir could have been set up whilst Britain was still in a position to enforce them.

3/6/1947, Tuesday (+756) First performance, in Paris, of Francis Poulenc�s opera Mamelles de Tiresias (Breasts of Tiresias), based on Guillaume Apollinaire�s surrealist play

2/6/1947, Monday (+755) (Food, Kitchens) Tupperware sealable plastic containers were patented by Earl Elias Tupper in Massachusetts.

1/6/1947, Sunday (+754) Ron Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, was born.

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31/5/1947, Saturday (+753)

30/5/1947, Friday (+752) In Hungary the coalition Government was overthrown by the Hungarian Communist Party, acting with Soviet backing.

29/5/1947. Thursday (+751) (India) The Indian Parliament banned 'untouchables'.

28/5/1947, Wednesday (+750) Faith Brown, impressionist, was born.

27/5/1947, Tuesday (+749) The US and British zones of occupation were merged to form the �bizone�.

25/5/1947, Sunday (+747) (Aviation) Pacific Overseas Airlines (Siam) was founded,

23/5/1947, Friday (+745) (India) Britain agreed to the partition of India.Muslims wanted a separate state (Pakistan), fearing they would be subsumed in a Hindi India.

22/5/1947, Thursday (+744) US Congress agreed aid for Greece and Turkey.

21/5/1947, Wednesday (+743)

20/5/1947, Tuesday (+742) Greg Dyke, TV executive, was born.

19/5/1947, Monday (+741) Vietminh troops attacked Saigon.

18/5/1947, Sunday (+740) John Bruton, UK politician, was born

17//5/1947, Saturday (+739)

16/5/1947, Friday (+738) (Biology) Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, English biochemist, died in Cambridge.

15/5/1947, Thursday (+737) The United Nations set up a special committee to decide the future of Palestine.

12/5/1947, Monday (+734) Michael Ignatieff, writer, was born

8/5/1947. Thursday (+730) (1) Death of the American department store founder, Henry Gordon Selfridge.

(2) In the USA, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began investigating alleged Communist links in the Hollywood movie industry.

7/5/1947, Wednesday (+729) Explosion at a coal mine in Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK, killed 9 miners.

6/5/1947, Tuesday (+728) The war crimes trial of Albert Kesselring ended in his death sentence

5/5/1947, Monday (+727) (London Underground) In London, Central Line trains began running to Leytonstone.

4/5/1947, Sunday (+726) The Jewish terrorist organisation Irgun attacked a prison in Palestine, freeing 250 inmates.

3/5/1947, Saturday (+725) (Japan) A new Constitution was approved in Japan by means of a referendum. Women voted in Japan for the first time. The Emperor�s powers were limited, and the country renounced the use of war.

2/5/1947, Friday (+724) James Dyson, inventor, was born.

1/5/1947, Thursday (+723) Singapore Airlines was founded.

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30/4/1947, Wednesday (+722) Leslie Grantham, actor, was born.

29/4/1947, Tuesday (+721) Johnny Miller, golfer, was born.

28/4/1947, Monday (+720) Nicola leFanu, composer, was born

27/4/1947, Sunday (+719) Thor Heyerdahl set sail on a balsa wood raft from Callao in Peru to Raroia in Polynesia in order to prove that Peruvians could have settled in Polynesia.

26/4/1947. Saturday (+718) The English FA Cup Final, between Charlton Athletic and Burnley, was televised in its entirety for the first time.

25/4/1947, Friday (+717) Johann Cruyff, Dutch footballer, was born.

24/4/1947, Thursday (+716) In Palestine the Zionist Stern Gang attacked a police barracks at Sarona, near Tel Aviv; 4 were killed.

23/4/1947, Wednesday (+715) Packard manufactured its 1 millionth car.

22/4/1947, Tuesday (+714) Barry Guy, English composer and double bass player, was born in London.

21/4/1947, Monday (+713) (Aviation) The world�s first duty-free airport shop opened, at Shannon Airport, Ireland.

20/4/1947, Sunday (+712) Christian X, King of Denmark, died aged 76. He was succeeded by his son Frederick IX, aged 48.

19/4/1947, Saturday (+711) The Flick Trial began in Nuremberg. Friedrich Flick and five other leading Nazi industrialists were put on trial for using slave labour, among other crimes.

18/4/1947, Friday (+710) Tiso was executed, see 22/5/1945.

17/4/1947, Thursday (+709) In Rome, a mob of about a thousand unemployed workers staged a noisy protest outside the Parliament building, stopping private cars and sometimes beating the occupants. One of those assaulted was Italian Foreign Minister Carlo Sforza, who was struck by several fists as he stepped out of his car to go to his office. The Foreign Ministry said that Sforza had been shaken but not seriously hurt.

16/4/1947, Wednesday (+708) (1) The phrase �Cold War� was first used, in a speech by Bernard Baruch in Columbia, South Carolina, when the US Congress was discussing the �Truman Doctrine�.This was a doctrine of checking further Communist expansion into Europe by giving economic and military aid to governments threatened by communist subversion.This was followed within 2 months by the Marshall Plan (5/6/1947).

(2) Ammonium nitrate stored aboard the freighter Grandcamp exploded in Texas City Port, killing 752.

15/4/1947, Tuesday (+707) Lois Chiles, actress and model, was born in Houston, Texas;

14/4/1947, Monday (+706) In France, De Gaulle organised the RPF (Rassemblement du Peuple Francais) Party, also known as �Gaullists�, to unite and reform anti-Communists.

13/4/1947, Sunday (+705) Jean Chassagne, French racing car driver, died aged 65.

12/4/1947, Saturday (+704) David Letterman, US talk show host, was born.

11/4/1947, Friday (+703)

9/4/1947, Wednesday (+701) The first food packages from the USA for Britain arrived at Liverpool. They were sent by the charity organisation CARE (Co-operative for Remittance to Europe) and intended for unemployed widows who had children to look after.

8/4/1947, Tuesday (+700) Following a series of killings due to labour strife, the Cuban Interior Ministry banned all political meetings that might provoke disorder.

7/4/1947. Monday (+699) Henry Ford, American motor car manufacturer who pioneered techniques of mass-production, died aged 83.

6/4/1947, Sunday (+698) Easter Sunday.

5/4/1947, Saturday (+697)

3/4/1947. Thursday (+695) In the UK, the private medical company BUPA was founded.

2/4/1947. Wednesday (+694) Britain passed the Palestine problem to the UN.

1/4/1947. Tuesday (+693) King George II of Greece died aged 56, and was succeeded by his brother, 45, as King Paul I.

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29/3/1947. Saturday (+690) Nationalist uprising in Madagascar against the French.

27/3/1947, Thursday (+688) To stem the rising tide of divorce, the British Government pledged more funding for the Marriage Guidance Council.

25/3/1947. Tuesday (+686) Elton John, British musician, was born in Pinner, London, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight.

24/3/1947, Monday (+685) Sir Alan Sugar, British businessman and TV personality, was born.

23/3/1947, Sunday (+684) Lord Wavell resigned as Viceroy of India. He was succeeded by Lord Mountbatten, who announced, after consultation with local leaders, that the Muslim-dominated areas must become a separate State.

19/3/1947, Wednesday (+680) Chinese Nationalists captured the city of Yenang.

16/3/1947, Sunday (+677) Robin Williams, actor and comedian, was born.

15/3/1947. Saturday (+676) Almost 600,000 acres of farmland were flooded in The Fens as the River Ouse overflowed, following a thaw of deep snow, drowning 2 million sheep. See 6/3/1947.

14/3/1947, Friday (+675) The Philippines granted the US use of naval and military bases.

13/3/1947, Thursday (+674) Maserati unveiled its first production car, the A6 1500.

12/3/1947, Wednesday (+673) US President Truman spoke of a Cold War (see 5/3/1946) against Communism. He instituted the �Truman Doctrine�, whereby the US would give military and economic access to any countries deemed to be under Soviet threat, such as Greece or Turkey.

11/3/1947, Tuesday (+672) Geoff Hunt, squash player, was born in Melbourne, Australia

10/3/1947, Monday (+670) Andrew Parrott, conductor, was born.

9/3/1947, Sunday (+670) Stanley Jackson, cricketer, died (born 21/11/1870).

8/3/1947, Saturday (+669) Carol Bayer Sager, singer and songwriter, was born.

7/3/1947, Friday (+668) Jane Relf, singer, was born in Richmond, Surrey, England

6/3/1947, Thursday (+667) Deep snow cut off 13 towns in Britain. See 15/3/1947.

5/3/1947, Wednesday (+666) Alfredo Casella, Italian composer, pianist and conductor, died aged 63

4/3/1947, Tuesday (+665) Peter Skellern, composer, was born.

3/3/1947, Monday (+664) Japan adopted a new Constitution, renouncing war.

2/3/1947, Sunday (+663) Frans Johan Louwrens Ghijsels, Dutch architect, died aged 64

1/3/1947. Saturday (+662) The International Monetary Fund began operating.

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28/2/1947, Friday (+661) An anti-government protest in Taiwan was violently put down by the Kuomintang under Chiang Kai-shek with the loss of 18,000-28,000 lives. This was the beginning of the White Terror.

27/2/1947, Thursday (+660) (USA) In the USA, Donald Acheson outlined, in the State Department, what was to become known as the Truman Doctrine, aimed at containing Soviet expansion.

26/2/1947, Wednesday (+659) The UK Government considered rationing coal as a cold snap entered its fifth week. The winter was the coldest since 1880/81. Coal was piling up at the pit heads, unable to move as railways were blocked by snow. Buxton and Bridlington were cut off by snowdrifts as high as 20 feet. Blizzards at sea kept fishing fleets in port, worsening food shortages.

25/2/1947, Tuesday (+658) (Science) Louis Carl Heinrich Paschen, German physicist, died in Potsdam, East Germany.

24/2/1947, Monday (+657) Edward James Olmos, actor, was born.

23/2/1947, Sunday (+656) Anton Mosimann, chef, was born.

22/2/1947, Saturday (+655) Pirjo Honkasalo, film director, was born in Helsinki, Finland

21/2/1947. Friday (+654) The world�s first soap opera, �A woman to remember�, began on USA television.

20/2/1947, Thursday (+653) (1) (Weather) In Britain, very cold weather along with fuel shortages threatened to damage the economy.

(2) Lord Louis Mountbatten was appointed the last Viceroy of India, the same day the British government announced that the British would leave India by June 1948. See 4/6/1947. Mountbatten was to supervise the peaceful transition to independence of India, despite major difference between Hindus and Muslims. Winston Churchill opposed Indian independence.

19/2/1947, Wednesday (+652) Gustavo Rodr�guez, actor, was born in Ciudad Bol�var, Venezuela (died 2014)

18/2/1947, Tuesday (+651) Jose-Maria Canizares, golfer, was born.

17/2/1947, Monday (+650) The USA began broadcasting �Voice of America� in Russian.

16/2/1947, Sunday (+649) Chiang Kai-shek introduced a number of measures to address China's economic crisis, including the repatriation of all Chinese assets held abroad, prohibiting dealings in gold and foreign currency and banning strikes and lockouts.

15/2/1947, Saturday (+648) John Coolidge Adams, composer, was born.

14/2/1947, Friday (+647) John Page, figure skating champion, died.

10/2/1947. Monday (+643) (1) A Peace Treaty concluded in Paris between Italy, Romania, and Bulgaria made the following provisions. a) Most of the Italian province of Venezia Giulia, with its predominantly Slovene and Croat population, as well as the enclave of Zadar (Zara) and all the Adriatic Islands were ceded to Yugoslavia. b) A Free Territory of Trieste, demilitarised and neutral, was to be formed. However this was impractical and on 5/10/1954 the British, US, Italian, and Yugoslav governments agreed to divide the territory between Italy and Yugoslavia. c) Romania ceded Northern Bukovina and Bessarabia to the USSR. The Russian occupation of these areas had been by aggression on 27/6/1940; the population of Bessarabia was however mainly Romanian.

(2) The USSR concluded a peace treaty with Finland.

7/2/1947. Friday (+640) (1) (Britain) The Minister of Fuel and Power, Emanuel Shinwell, startled the House of Commons by announcing that Britain�s power stations were running out of coal, as very cold snowy weather paralysed the rail system. Four weeks of intermittent power cuts followed, with two million workers suspended. Greyhound racing, TV and magazine production were halted.

(2) Britain proposed dividing Palestine into Jewish and Arab zones but both sides rejected the plan.

6/2/1947, Thursday (+639) Hans Fallada, German novelist, died in Berlin (born 21/7/1893 in Greifswald, Germany).

5/2/1947, Wednesday (+638)

4/2/1947, Tuesday (+637) (USA) US politician Dan Quayle was born.

3/2/1947, Monday (+636) Hristo Bonev, Bulgarian footballer, was born.

2/2/1947. Sunday (+635) The RAF began evacuating Britons from Palestine.

1/2/1947, Saturday (+634) In Italy, Alcide de Gasperi formed a government of Christian Democrats, Communists and Left-Socialists.

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31/1/1947, Friday (+633)

29/1/1947, Wednesday (+631) In the UK, record low temperatures caused power cuts.

28/1/1947, Tuesday (+630) Reynaldo Hahn, Venezuelan-French composer, died in Paris (born 9/8/1875 in Caracas)

27/1/1947, Monday (+629)

26/1/1947, Sunday (+628) Prince Gustav of Sweden was killed in an air crash near Copenhagen.

25/1/1947, Saturday (+627) Al Capone, American gangster and leader of organised crime in Chicago during the Prohibition era, died aged 48 due to a major brain haemorrhage, virtually penniless. In 1931 he was jailed for 11 years income tax evasion; he was released from Alcatraz in 1939, suffering from syphilis and prematurely aged.

24/1/1947, Friday (+626)

23/1/1947, Thursday (+625) Snow began falling in south east England. It was the start of a protracted period of extremely cold weather.

22/1/1947. Wednesday (+624) The meat ration in Britain was reduced, again, to 1 shilling (5p) worth weekly.

21/1/1947, Tuesday (+623) South African President J C Smuts refused to place South West Africa under UN Trusteeship.

18/1/1947, Saturday (+620)

16/1/1947, Thursday (+618) In France, Vincent Auriol was elected President.

15/1/1947, Wednesday (+617) Pete Waterman, record producer, was born.

14/1/1947, Tuesday (+616) The newly-renovated Covent Garden Opera House in London opened, with a performance of Bizet�s Carmen.

13/1/1947, Monday (+615) In Britain, top radio shows included Woman�s Hour, Dick Barton, and Radio Forfeits.

12/1/1947, Sunday (+614) Joe Frazier, heavyweight boxing champion in the 1970s, was born.

10/1/1947, Friday (+612)

8/1/1947. Wednesday (+610) (1) In Britain, a shortage of coal caused closures of steel works. There were also food shortages because of the hauliers� strike. Troops were called in to move supplies.

(2) David Bowie, British musician and rock star, was born in London as David Jones.

7/1/1947, Tuesday (+609) George Marshall was appointed US Secretary of State.

6/1/1947, Monday (+608)

4/1/1947, Saturday (+606) Rick Stein, celebrity chef, was born.

3/1/1947, Friday (+605) Fran Cotton, rugby player, was born.

2/1/1947, Thursday (+604) Lanny Bassham, US sports shooter, was born

1/1/1947. Wednesday (+603) (1) Britain�s coal industry was nationalised under the Coal industry Nationalisation Act, 1946. The National Coal Board (NCB) was set up, to control 1,647 mines, 100,000 miners homes and over a million acres of land. The NCB was chaired by Lord Hyndley. Cable and Wireless was also nationalised this day.

(2) All British �silver coins�, except Maundy Money, now made from cupro-nickel, 75% copper and 25% nickel.

(3) The USA and British zones in West Germany were merged.Russia objected, and so did France, who wanted a divided Germany, and had annexed the Saar from French-occupied Germany.

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31/12/1946, Tuesday (+602) In Britain, people were eating horsemeat as the food, fuel and transport crisis continued.

30/12/1946, |Monday (+601) Hans Hubert Vogts, West German footballer, was born.

29/12/1946, Sunday (+600)

28/12/1946, Saturday (+599) Carrie Jacobs Bond, US singer, died in Glendale, California (born 11/8/1862 in Janesville, Wisconsin)

27/12/1946, Friday (+598) In Britain, 12 cotton mills closed today and much industry in the Midlands went on a 4-day week as a fuel shortage deepened. Meanwhile a world food shortage, compounded by a global shipping shortage, and, for the UK, a lack of foreign exchange, caused UK rations to be cut. In February 1946 butter, margarine and cooking fat rations were reduced from 8 to 7 ounces per person per week. In May 1946 bread, previously un-rationed, came on-ration.

25/12/1946, Wednesday (+596) The Guomintang Chinese Government adopted a new Constitution. However the Communists under Mao were now regrouping and would soon oust the Guomintang from power in mainland China.

21/12/1946, Saturday (+592) Carl Wilson, of The Beach Boys group, was born

20/12/1946. Friday (+591) Uri Geller was born in Tel Aviv.

19/12/1946, Thursday (+590) An uneasy post-War period of tactical co-operation between the French and the Vietcong Communist forces ended. The French had wanted to regain their colony of Vietnam; the Vietcong also wanted Nationalist factions in the country eliminated. But on this day the Vietcong attacked French troops at Hanoi, starting the First Indo-China War. The Vietcong began a campaign of guerrilla warfare.

18/12/1946. Wednesday (+589) Labour MPs triumphantly sang The Red Flag as the House of Commons voted to nationalise the railways, road haulage, and ports. This was under Clement Attlee�s Labour Government. The Bank of England had already been nationalised and, despite the UK�s economic problems, civil aviation, broadcasting, road transport and steel would soon follow. Attlee also proposed independence for Burma and India.

16/12/1946, Monday (+587) In France, Leon Blum formed a Socialist government.

14/12/1946, Saturday (+585) The UN accepted a US$ 8.5 million donation from John D Rockefeller to finance the construction of its headquarters in East River, New York, USA.

12/12/1946, Thursday (+583) Emmerson Fittipaldi, Brazilian racing driver, was born.

11/12/1946, Wednesday (+582) The UN International Children�s Emergency Fund was set up to provide aid to children in war-torn countries.

10/12/1946, Tuesday (+581) Heavy smog in London caused bus conductors to have to walk in front of their buses, carrying lighted newspapers.

9/12/1946, Monday (+580) In India the Constituent Assembly met to discuss independence; but it was boycotted by the Muslim League.

7/12/1946, Saturday (+578)

5/12/1946. Thursday (+576) New York was chosen as the permanent site of the UN.

4/12/1946, Wednesday (+575) In London, Central Line trains began running to Stratford.

2/12/1946, Monday (+573) Giovanni Versace, fashion designer, was born.

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30/11/1946, Saturday (+571) George Duffield, jockey, was born

29/11/1946, Friday (+570) The last British troops, who had been assisting the Dutch colonial government in Indonesia, now left as Indonesia prepared for independence.

28/11/1946, Thursday (+569) In Britain the House of Lords was told of a �tidal wave of divorce sweeping Britain�.

27/11/1946, Wednesday (+568) New Zealand elections gave 42 seats to Labour, which retained power, against 38 seats for the National Party.

25/11/1946, Monday (+566\)

24/11/1946, Sunday (+565) Vivien Saunders, champion golfer, was born.

23/11/1946, Saturday (+564) French troops bombarded Haiphong in NE Vietnam. This was the start of the French Indo-China War, which lasted until 1954.

22/11/1946. Friday (+563) The first ball point pen went on sale, invented by the Hungarian Laslo Biro. The pen, which would write 200,000 words without refilling, went on sale for �2.75.

21/11/1946, Thursday (+562) 1) The first commercial aerosol sprays were marketed in the US by Airosol Inc of Kansas. The US army had discovered the usefulness of aerosol insect sprays whilst fighting the Japanese in the rainforests of south east Asia.

2) Bulgarian Communist Georgi Dimitrov returned from Moscow to become President of Bulgaria.

20/11/1946, Wednesday (+561)

19/11/1946, Tuesday (+560) The first General Conference of UNESCO was held at Paris.

18/11/1946, Monday (+559) Alan Dean Foster, writer, was born.

17/11/1946, Sunday (+558) Jewish terrorists stepped up their bombing campaign in Palestine.

16/11/1946, Saturday (+557)

15/11/1946, Friday (+556) (1) In Indonesia the Dutch signed the Cheribon Agreement, recognising that Indonesia would be granted independence.

(2) The Guomintang Chinese Government excluded all Communists from power.

14/11/1946, Thursday (+555) Mark le Fanu, General Secretary of the Society of Authors, was born

12/11/1946, Tuesday (+553)

11/11/1946. Monday (+552) Stevenage, Hertfordshire, became the first �New Town� to be designated in Britain.

10/11/1946, Sunday (+551) In France, elections to the National Assembly produced 166 seats for the Communists, 158 for the Popular Republican Movement, 90 for the Socialists, 55 for the Radical Socialists, 70 for the Conservatives and 5 for the Gaullists. There was political deadlock.

9/11/1946, Saturday (+550) Marina Warner, writer, was born

8/11/1946, Friday (+549)

6/11/1946. Wednesday (+547) In the UK, the National Health Act came into force, see 5/7/1948.

5/11/1946, Tuesday (+546) In the US, Republicans gained control of Congress.

4/11/1946. Monday (+545) (1) The new Chinese Guomintang Government signed a treaty of co-opertaion with the USA.

(2) UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation, was established, with headquarters in Paris.

3/11/1946, Sunday (+544)

2/11/1946, Saturday (+543) Alan Jones, racing car driver, was born.

1/11/1946, Friday (+542) Ernie Erdman, US songwriter, died in Rockford, Illinois (born 23/10/1879 in Pittsburgh)

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31/10/1946, Thursday (+541)

30/10/1946, Wednesday (+540) John Atkinson, British rugby league player, was born.

29/10/1946, Tuesday (+539) Peter Green, guitarist, was born in London

26/10/1946, Saturday (+536) Otto Thierack, German Reich minister of Justice 1942-45, hanged himself in Neumunster internment camp to avoid being brought to trial.

23/10/1946, Wednesday (+533) The first New York meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation took place.

20/10/1946. Sunday (+530) Muffin the Mule, a wooden puppet, first appeared on BBC TV.

19/10/1946, Saturday (+529) Philip Pullman, author, was born

18/10/1946, Friday (+528) Howard Shore, composer, was born.

17/10/1946, Thursday (+527) Sir Cameron Mackintosh, musical producer, was born.

16/10/1946. Wednesday (+526) (1) The liner Queen Elizabeth made her first commercial voyage, after serving as a troopship during the War.

(2) After 216 meetings of the Nuremberg Tribunal, from 20/11/1945, the verdicts on 24 top Nazis charged with war crimes were delivered on 30/9/1946. 3 Nazis were acquitted; Hjalmar Schacht, Franz von Papen and Hans Fritzsche. A fourth defendant, Robert Ley, had committed suicide in prison before the trials were completed. The industrialist Gustav Krupp was judged to be unfit to stand trial through senile dementia. The remaining 19 defendants were found guilty. Four of them, Karl Donitz, Baldur von Shirach, Albert Speer and Konstantin von Neurath, received sentences of between 10 and 20 years. Three defendants, Rudolf Hess, Walther Funk and Erich Raeder, received life sentences. Rudolf Hess was detained at Spandau Prison, Berlin, until his death in 1987. The remaining 12 defendants were sentenced to death. Martin Bormann was not executed as he had been tried in absentia having escaped the Allied authorities. Hermann Goering committed suicide by self-poisoning in prison a few hours before he was due to be hanged. The remaining ten, Hans Frank, Willhelm Frick, Julius Streicher, Alfred Rosenberg, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Fritz Sauckel, Alfred Jodl, Wilhelm Keitel and Arthur Seiss-Inquart, were hanged on 16/10/1946.

As regards lesser Nazis, the problem facing the Allies was that millions of Germans had joined the Nazi Party, some merely for reasons of self-preservation, so it was impractical to prosecute all those who had served Hitler. Ultimately, out of a population of 44.5 million Germans in West Germany,209,000 were prosecuted. In East Germany the Soviets prosecuted a much smaller number, just over 17,000. This was because many Nazis were executed by the Soviets without a formal legal process.

15/10/1946, Tuesday (+525) Richard Carpenter, composer, was born.

14/10/1946, Monday (+524) Justin Hayward, singer, was born

13/10/1946, Sunday (+523) Thailand accepted a UN ruling that it return the provinces of Indo-China that it had acquired in 1941 as an ally of Japan.

10/10/1946, Thursday (+520) In China the Kuomintang re-elected Chiang Kai Shek as President.

8/10/1946, Tuesday (+518) Bel Mooney, writer, was born

6/10/1946, Sunday (+516) Anthony Grieg, cricketer, was born.

5/10/1946, Saturday (+515) Brian Jacks, judo champion, was born.

4/10/1946, Friday (+514) From Our Own Correspondent was first broadcast on UK radio.

3/10/1946, Thursday (+513) Tim James Brymn, US composer, died in New York (born 5/10/1881 in Kinston, North Carolina)

2/10/1946, Wednesday (+512)

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30/9/1946, Monday (+510) Former Nazi leader Hermann Goering committed suicide, the night before he was due to be executed.

29/9/1946, Sunday (+509) BBC Radio�s Third Programme, later to become Radio Three, began broadcasting.

28/9/1946, Saturday (+508) (Greece) King George II returned to Greece. A referendum had shown a majority in favour of restoring the monarchy.

27/9/1946, Friday (+507)

26/9/1946, Thursday (+506) Andrea Dworkin, feminist, was born (died 9/4/2005)

25/9/1946, Wednesday (+505) Felicity Kendal, actress, was born.

21/9/1946, Saturday (+501)

20/9/1946. Friday (+500) The first Cannes Film Festival opened.

19/9/1946. Thursday (+499) Winston Churchill, in Zurich, urged Franco-German reconciliation and a �kind of United States of Europe�.

18/9/1946, Wednesday (+498) Otis Sistrunk, US footballer, was born in Columbus, Georgia.

17/9/1946, Tuesday (+497) (Astronomy) Sir James Hopwood Jeans, English astronomer, died in Dorking, Surrey.

16/9/1946, Monday (+496) King Simeon and the Queen Mother left Bulgaria

15/9/1946, Sunday (+495) (1) The Bulgarian People�s Republic was proclaimed.

(2) Alitalia (Aerolinee Italiane Internaziolali) was formed.

14/9/1946, Saturday (+494) The U.S. Census Bureau forecast that the United States population in 1990 would peak at 165,000,000 and that it would decline to 168,177,000 by 2000. The actual figures for the two censuses were 248,709,873 in 1990 and 281,421,906 in 2000.

13/9/1946, Friday (+493) Captain Amon Goth, 37, Nazi SS officer who had carried out the mass executions of more than 13,000 Jews in Krakow and Tarnow, and the Szebnia concentration camp, was hanged, along with Dr. Leon Gross, a Jew who had collaborated with him at the Plaszow concentration camp.

12/9/1946, Thursday (+492) Albert le Tyrant, French archery champion, was born.

11/9/1946, Wednesday (+491) Mike Bull, athletics (pole vault), was born in Belfast.

10/9/1946, Tuesday (+490) A referendum in Bulgaria gave a 92% vote in favour of a Republic.

9/9/1946, Monday (+489) Trans Australia Airlines made its first flight, from Melbourne to Sydney. The government-owned carrier changed its name to Australian Airlines in 1986, and then was merged with Qantas in 1993.

8/9/1946. Sunday (+488) Communists took control in Bulgaria.

7/9/1946, Saturday (+487) (Aviation) EM Donaldson, UK, set a new aviation speed record of 615.78 mph.

6/9/1946, Friday (+486) Roger Knight, secretary of the MCC, was born.

5/9/1946, Thursday (+485) Freddie Mercury, pop star with Queen, was born.

4/9/1946, Wednesday (+484) Nobu Shirase, leader of the Japanese Antarctic Expedition of 1911�1912, died aged 85

3/9/1946, Tuesday (+483) Karl Emil Paul :Lincke, German composer, died near Gottingen (born 7/11/1866 in Berlin).

2/9/1946, Monday (+482) An interim government for the Dominion of India was inaugurated to make the transition from British colonial rule to independence.

1/9/1946. Sunday (+481) (1) The jet aircraft Meteor EE549 reached the record speed of 616 mph

(2) A Greek plebiscite favoured return the of the monarchy.

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31/8/1946, Saturday (+480) Harley Granville-Barker, English playwright, died aged 69.

28/8/1946, Wednesday (+477)

26/8/1946, Monday (+475) Alison Steadman, actress, was born

25/8/1946, Sunday (+474) In Britain, a flourishing black market existed in nylons, chocolate and perfumes.

24/8/1946, Saturday (+473) Elijah Muhammad was released from prison in Milan, Michigan after four years, and became the Nation of Islam's undisputed leader.

23/8/1946, Friday (+472) In North Korea, the Workers Party was established. By December 1946 its membership reached 600,000 (total population of North Korea was then 9 million).

22/8/1946, Thursday (+470)

20/8/1946, Tuesday (+469) The German Army was officially dissolved by the Allied Control Commission.

19/8/1946, Monday (+468) (1) Violence in Calcutta between Hindus and Moslems, thousands were killed.

(2) Bill Clinton, US President, was born.

18/8/1946, Sunday (+467)

16/8/1946, Friday (+465) Major riots against the British salt tax began in Calcutta, inspired by Ghandi�s campaign of disobedience.The riots lasted till 20/8/1946.

15/8/1946, Thursday (+464) Tony Robinson, actor, was born.

14/8/1946, Wednesday (+463)

13/8/1946. Tuesday (+462) (1) The United Nations refused to admit Ireland because of opposition from the Soviet Union. The War years, known in Ireland as �The Emergency�, resulted in agricultural and economic crisis, strikes, unemployment and rising emigration. Ireland now had a small and ageing population, and widespread dissatisfaction with the ruling Fianna Fail Party. Small parties such as Clann na Talmhan, the Farmers Party, proliferated.

(2) Author H G Wells; born on 21/9/1866, died in London, aged 76.

12/8/1946, Monday (+461) (Chemistry) Alfred Stock, German chemist, died in Karlsruhe.

9/8/1946, Friday (+458) The Arts Council of Great Britain was incorporated.

6/8/1946, Tuesday (+455) Blanche Bingley, tennis player, died (born 3/11/1863).

5/8/1946, Monday (+454) Loni Anderson, actress, was born.

3/8/1946, Saturday (+452) The National Basketball Association was formed in America.

1/8/1946, Thursday (+450) British European Airways, BEA, was formed.

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29/7/1946, Monday (+447) (1) The Paris Peace Conference began.

(2) Air India was formed by a reorganisation of Tata Air Lines.

28/7/1946, Sunday (+448) Howard C. Petersen, US Assistant Secretary of War, announced that, in addition to deaths in combat, 131,028 American and Filipino citizens, mostly civilians, had died "as a result of war crimes" from December 7, 1941 until the end of World War II.

27/7/1946, Saturday (+445) The US writer Gertrude Stein (born 3/2/1874 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania), died in Paris, France.

26/7/1946, Friday (+444) Morris Hirshfield, Polish/American painter, died.

25/7/1946, Thursday (+443) Linda Ronstadt, singer, was born.

24/7/1946, Wednesday (+442) Aircraft fitter Benny Lynch tested the first British ejector seat. Bailing out 8,000 feet above Chalgrove, Oxfordshire, he landed safely in the back yard of pub, and was recovered later from the bar.

23/7/1946, Tuesday (+441) The last German prisoners of war in the United States were released, as 1,385 POWs were placed on the ship General Yates, following detention at Camp Shanks in New York. In all, there had been 375,000 German prisoners kept in the US at the end of World War II.

22/7/1946. Monday (+440) The King David Hotel, Jerusalem, HQ of the British Palestine Army, was destroyed by a Zionist bomb planted by Irgun, killing 91 and injuring 45. Many Jews wanted Britain to withdraw so a Jewish State could be established.

21/7/1946. Sunday (+439) Bread rationing began in Britain because of a world shortage of wheat, caused by a poor harvest and shortages of transport and fertilisers.

19/7/1946, Friday (+437) Mrs Norma Jeane Dougherty, former munitions factory worker and model, toom a screen test at 20th Century Fox Studios. The studio suggested she adopt the name Marilyn, after the 1920s musical star Marilyn Miller, and she decided on the last name Monroe, her mother�s maiden name. For 6 months after she signed, she learnt about make-up, hair and acting. She divorced her husband, James Dougherty, a former US Merchant marine, in September 1946.

17/7/1946, Wednesday (+435) After World War two ended, Bolivia suffered from declining mineral prices, especially tin, and both unemployment and inflation rose. President Villaroel (see 21/12/1943) lost popularity and this day was hanged from a lamppost in front of the Presidential palace. The Bolivian Army did not try and halt the rebellion, mounted by soldiers, students and workers. A provisional Liberal Government was installed, and recognised by the USA and Argentina.

15/7/1946, Monday (+433) Linda Ronstadt, singer, was born.

14/7/1946, Sunday (+432) Jews who had survived World War Two were massacred in a pogrom at Kielce, Poland.

13/7/1946, Saturday (+431) The US House of Representatives approved a loan to Europe.

12/7/1946, Friday (+430) Graham Roope, cricketer, was born (died 26/11/2006)

10/7/1946, Wednesday (+428)

9/7/1946, Tuesday (+427) Bon Scott, singer for AC/DC, was born.

8/7/1946. Monday (+426) Margaret Roberts, later Margaret Thatcher, was elected president of the Oxford University Conservatives.

7/7/1946, Sunday (+425) M|iguel Aleman, a civilian, was elected as President of Mexico. This led to closer ties between the US and Mexico.

6/7/1946, Saturday (+424) The Young Conservatives political organisation was founded in Britain.

5/7/1946. Friday (+423) The bikini was officially invented by French engineer Louis Reard. �It is a two-piece bathing suit that reveals everything about a girl except her mother�s maiden name�,said the Americans about the bikini. Two months earlier the French designer Jacques Heim had created the Atome, another two-piece bathing suit, so Louis Reard was inspired to create an even smaller bathing suit. Reard knew he had created an explosive item, so he called it the bikini, as the US military exploded an atom bomb on the south Pacific island of Bikini atoll. No Parisian model would wear the bikini at the time as it was considered indecent, but Reard hired a nude dancer, Micheline Bernardini, to wear it at his presentation. The bikini was banned in several Catholic countries such as Spain and Italy, but Reard kept promoting the garment, insisting it was not a real bikini unless �it could be pulled through a wedding ring�. In the 1950s Brigitte Bardot helped promote the bikini and by the 1970s it was more or less accepted in most countries.

4/7/1946. Thursday (+422) (Philippines) The Philippines was granted independence from the USA.Manual Roxas was elected as the first President.

1/7/1946. Monday (+419) (1) The first US atom bomb test at Eniwetok atoll. A second test with an underwater bomb was on 25/7/1946.

(2) Bananas, available for the first time since the war, cost 1s 1d (5.5p) per pound. A pound of pork sausages cost 14s 5d (72.5p). A whole haddock cost 9d (4p). The average weekly wage for a farm labourer was 72s 2d (�3.61p), and a weaver in the textiles industry got 84s 7d (�4.23p) a week.

(3) London�s Aldwych to Holborn spur line re-opened.It had been closed during the War and used as an air raid shelter.

(4) British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) began transatlantic flights between London and New York, in 19 � hours.

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29/6/1946, Saturday (+415) Egonvon Fustenberg, fashion designer, was born.

28/6/1946, Friday (+416) Enrico de Nicola became first President of Italy.

27/6/1946, Thursday (+415) Italy ceded the Dodecanese islands to Greece.

25/6/1946, Tuesday (+413)

24/6/1946, Monday (+412) The Indian Congress rejected the proposed British independence plan.

23/6/1946, Sunday (+411) Julian Hipwood, polo champion, was born.

20/6/1946, Thursday (+408) The Duchess of Gloucester was born.

17/6/1946, Monday (+405) (1) The Allied decided not to try Hirohito as a war criminal.

(2) Barry Manilow, American singer and songwriter, was born in New York City.

16/6/1946, Sunday (+404) James Bolam, actor, was born.

15/6/1946, Saturday (+403) Demis Roussos, Greek singer; was born in Alexandria, Egypt (died 2015)

14/6/1946. Friday (+402) Death of John Logie Baird, at Bexhill on Sea, Sussex, aged 58. He was born on 13/8/1888 at Helensburgh, Scotland. In 1926 he demonstrated the first true television before the Royal Institution of Great Britain, following developments on the first prototype in his laboratory in Hastings in 1924. In 1939 Baird demonstrated colour television, and had reportedly developed stereoscopic television by April 1946.

13/6/1946, Thursday (+401) Pro-monarchist riots in Rome over the departure of King Umberto II.

12/6/1946, Wednesday (+400) John H. Bankhead II, U.S. Senator for Alabama since 1931, died aged 73

11/6/1946, Tuesday (+399) Italy was officially declared a Republic.

10/6/1946, Monday (+398) Jack Johnson, US boxer, died aged 68.

9/6/1946, Sunday (+397) King Rama VIII was assassinated, aged 21, after an 11-year reign. His brother Phumiphon Aduldet now reigned as Rama IX, after 5/5/1950 when he left school in Switzerland.

8/6/1946, Saturday (+396) Pearlette Louisy, Governor-General of Saint Lucia from 1997 to 2017, was born in Laborie

7/6/1946, Friday (+395) In Britain the BBC resumed TV broadcasts this day; the initial audience was fewer than 12,000 people.

6/6/1946, Thursday (+394) Gerhart Hauptmann, German novelist, died aged 83.

5/6/1946, Wednesday (+393) King George V took the salute at the Victory Parade in The Mall, London.

4/6/1946. Tuesday (+392) General Juan Peron became President of Argentina.

3/6/1946, Monday (+391) King Umberto II left Italy, to join his family in Lisbon.

2/6/1946, Sunday (+390) A referendum in Italy produced 12.7 million votes for a Republic and 10.7 million votes for continuing the monarchy.

1/6/1946. Saturday (+389) (1) The first TV licences issued in Britain, at a cost of �2. TV broadcasting resumed in Britain.

(2) (Romania) Antonescu was shot as a war criminal, see 23/8/1944.

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31/5/1946, Friday (+388) Heathrow was officially opened as London Airport.

30/5/1946. Thursday (+387) The Labour Minister of Food, John Strachey, announced that bread would be rationed. The greatest allowance would go to manual workers in heavy industry.

29/5/1946, Wednesday (+386) Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician, was born.

28/5/1946, Tuesday (+385) The first night-time baseball game was played at Yankee Stadium, with a crowd of 49,917.

27/5/1946, Monday (+384) The Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an organisation first proposed at the Bretton Woods Conference and constituted in 1945, began operations.

26/5/1946. Sunday (+383) The Communists gained power in Czechoslovakia.

25/5/1946. Saturday (+382) Transjordan (Jordan) proclaimed its independence, with Emir Abdullah ibn Husayn as King. Husayn (born 1882) was assassinated in Jerusalem in 1951.

22/5/1946, Wednesday (+379) Karl Hermann Frank, the Nazi ruler in Czechoslovakia who ordered the massacre at Lidice, was hanged in Prague.

20/5/1946, Monday (+377) The British Government announced plans for student grants.

17/5/1946. Friday (+374) France nationalised its coal mines.

14/5/1946, Tuesday (+371) Robert Davies, horse racing, was born.

13/5/1946, Monday (+370) The Federal Airport Act was signed into law by US President Harry S Truman, providing for 500 million dollars in Federal grants for civilian airport projects across the USA over a seven-year period.

12/5/1946, Sunday (+369) A further truce between the Guomintang and the Communists in China took effect.

11/5/1946, Saturday (+368) Robert Jarvik, US inventor of the artificial heart, was born in Midland, Michigan

10/5/1946, Friday (+367) Maureen Lipman, actress, was born.

9/5/1946. Thursday (+366) King Victor Emmanuel III, monarch of Italy since 1900, abdicated. He was succeeded by Umberto II. A referendum voted narrowly for a republic on 2/6/1946. Enrico de Nicola became the first President of Italy on 28/6/1946, and Umberto II left Italy on 3/6/1946.

8/5/1946, Wednesday (+365) Nationalist riots in Algeria

7/5/1946, Tuesday (+364) Anton Mussert, founder of the Dutch National socialist Movement and a staunch supporter of Nazi rule in Holland, was hanged.

6/5/1946, Monday (+363) LIFE Magazine published "Bedlam 1946: Most U.S. Mental Hospitals are a Shame and a Disgrace" in its May 6, 1946, issue. Albert Q. Maisel's expos� of the atrocities at two mental institutions, in Ohio and Pennsylvania, which he described as "concentration camps masquerading as hospitals", spurred reforms in psychiatric care.

5/5/1946, Sunday (+362) In China, Communists and Nationalists clashed along the Yangtze River.

4/5/1946, Saturday (+361) John Watson, motor racing champion, was born.

3/5/1946, Friday (+360) Arabs rioted in Jerusalem over British plans to partition Jerusalem.

2/5/1946, Thursday (+359) David Suchet, actor, was born.

1/5/1946, Wednesday (+358) The Guomintang Government returned to Nanjing.

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30/4/1946, Tuesday (+357) Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden since 1973, was born in Solna

29/4/1946, Monday (+356) Humphrey Carpenter, biographer, was born (died 4/1/2005)

25/4/1946, Thursday (+352) The USSR agreed to withdraw its troops from Iran.

22/4/1946, Monday (+349) Samuel John :Latta, Canadian politician, died.

21/4/1946, Sunday (+348) Easter Sunday. The economist Lord Keynes died of a heart attack. He believed that unemployment could only be eased by public spending.

20/4/1946, Saturday (+347)

19/4/1946, Friday (+346) The USSR recognised the Republic of Yugoslavia.

18/4/1946. Thursday (+345) The League of Nations was formally dissolved, after the United Nations had been set up on 24/10/1945. See 26/6/1945.

17/4/1946, Wednesday (+344) George Kohler, German biologist, was born (died 1995).

16/4/1946, Tuesday (+343) Arthur Chevrolet, car designer, died.

14/4/1946, Sunday (+341) A US-mediated truce between the Communists and the Guomintang broke down and the Chinese Civil war resumed.

Caroline Bradley, equestrian showjumping, was born (died 1/6/1983).

12/4/1946, Friday (+339) Teddy Brown, US musician, died (born 1900)

10/4/1946, Wednesday (+337) Japan held elections for the new Diet (parliament). Under US influence, women now had the vote, transforming traditional Japanese hierarchies, and 34 women were elected.

7/4/1946, Sunday (+334) Colette Besson, athlete, was born (died 9/8;2005)

5/4/1946, Friday (+332) Jane Asher, actress, was born.

3/4/1946, Wednesday (+330) Alf Common, footballer, died (born 25/5/1880).

2/4/1946. Tuesday (+329) The Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst was founded.The Woolwich Academy was merged with Sandhurst.

1/4/1946, Monday (+328) Major earthquake in the Aleutian Islands.

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31/3/1946, Sunday (+327) General Gort, British commander of the British Expeditionary Forcethat entered France in 1939 and retreated again in 1940, died.

28/3/1946, Thursday (+324) The British Government announced plans for free school dinners and free milk at school.

26/3/1946, Tuesday (+322) Allied Control Commission set limits on the level of German industrial production.

25/3/1946, Monday (+321) The UN Security Council met in New York.

24/3/1946, Sunday (+320) BBC radio began broadcasting Letter from America, a weekly talk by Alistair Cook, on topical matters in the USA.

23/3/1946, Saturday (+319)

22/3/1946, Friday (+318) Harry Vanda, composer, was born.

21/3/1946. Thursday (+317) (1) Aneurin Bevan announced Labour Government plans for a National Health Service to become operational in 1948. The cost per year was expected to be around �152 million (�5,000 million in 2015 prices; actual 2015 NHS spending is more like �115,000 million).

(2) Goering denied he knew anything of the �final solution�.

18/3/1946, Monday (+314)

15/3/1946. Friday (+311) The USSR began its 4th 5-Year Plan.

14/3/1946, Thursday (+310) Alison Dawes, show jumper, was born.

13/3/1946, Wednesday (+309) Former Chetnik leader Mihailovich was captured in Yugoslavia.

12/3/1946, Tuesday (+308) Liza Minelli, US actress, was born.

11/3/1946, Monday (+307) Rudolf Hoss, the Nazi Commandant of the Auschwitz concentration camp, was located and arrested by British military police near the northern German town of Flensburg, where he had been working on a farm under the alias "Franz Lang". Hoss, who confessed to overseeing the murder of millions of prisoners, mostly Jewish, was himself executed at Auschwitz on April 16, 1947.

10/3/1946. Sunday (+306) Britain and France began to withdraw from Lebanon.

9/3/1946, Saturday (+305) 33 football fans were crushed to death at Bolton Wanderer�s Football Ground when a barrier collapsed.

8/3/1946, Friday (+304) In Covent Garden, London, bananas went on sale for the first time since the War.

7/3/1946, Thursday (+303) The 167 residents of Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, were evacuated from their South Pacific island in order for atomic testing to begin.

6/3/1946, Wednesday (+302) France agreed to allow Vietnam some autonomy, but only within the French Empire/ Nationalist resistance against the French continued.

5/3/1946. Tuesday (+301) (UK, USA) Winston Churchill referred to an �Iron Curtain� descending across Europe, in a speech at Fulton, USA. The first public acknowledgement that the Cold War had begun. See 12/3/1947.

4/3/1946, Monday (+300) The USA, Britain and France appealed to the Spanish to depose General Franco.

3/3/1946, Sunday (+299) John Virgo, English snooker player, was born.

2/3/1946. Saturday (+298) In North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh was elected President.

1/3/1946, Friday (+297) The Bank of England was nationalised by Act of Parliament.

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28/2/1946, Thursday (+296) Robin Cook, British politician, was born.

27/2/1946, Wednesday (+295) Thomas Hauser, author, was born.

26/2/1946, Tuesday (+294) Colin Bell, footballer, was born.

25/2/1946, Monday (+923) Franz Kroetz, German author, was born.

24/2/1946. Sunday (+292) Juan Peron was elected President of Argentina.

23/2/1946, Saturday (+291) Lt. Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita, who led the Japanese conquest of Singapore and the Philippines, was executed by hanging in Manila for war crimes, followed by Lt. Col. Seichi Ohta, who headed security for Japan's �thought police� (kempei tai), also interpreter Takuma Higashigi.

22/2/1946, Friday (+290) Dr Selman Abrahams announced the discovery of streptomycin, an antibiotic for treating tuberculosis.

21/2/1946, Thursday (+289) Indian naval mutiny at Bombay.

20/2/1946, Wednesday (+288) US Congress passed the Employment Act, stating that its aim was maximum employment.

19/2/1946, Tuesday (+287) US workers� rights activist Karen Silkwood was born.

18/2/1946, Monday (+286) Michael Buerk, TV newscaster, was born.

17/2/1946, Sunday (+285) Dorothy Gibson, US silent film star, died aged 56.

16/2/1946, Saturday (+284) Edgar Syers, ice skater, died (born 18/3/1863).

15/2/1946, Friday (+283) (Computing) ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Calculator) was put into operation at the University of Pennsylvania; the first completely electronic (valve-driven) computer. It weighed 31 tons. It was primarily used to calculate the yields for the thermonuclear bombs being developed.

14/2/1946, Thursday (+282) The British Labour Government stated it would nationalise the Bank of England.

13/2/1946, Wednesday (+281) The British Labour Government repealed the Trades Disputes Act (1927). Now, sympathetic strikes were relegalised and trades unionscould take industrial action to support each other�s pay claims.

10/2/1946, Sunday (+278) The first �GI brides� arrived in the USA to live with their new partners. When US servicemen were stationed in the UK, British males complained they were �overpaid, oversexed, and over here�. Many British women became engaged or married to them. Now the GI brides assembled at camps in Hampshire, to be shipped over to the USA aboard the Queen Mary.

7/2/1946. Thursday (+275) (1) In response to world food shortages, UK food rations were reduced.

(2) Hess was on trial at Nuremberg for war crimes.

5/2/1946, Tuesday (+273) Charlotte Rampling, actress, was born.

3/2/1946, Sunday (+271) The Hosiery Designers of America chose actress Jane Russell�s legs as the �perfect pair�.

2/2/1946, Saturday (+270) Farrah Fawcett, US actress, was born.

1/2/1946. Friday (+269) Hungary declared itself a republic.

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31/1/1946, Thursday (+268) Yugoslavia introduced a new Constitution, creating six constituent Republics; Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Macedonia. However these were subordinated to the centre, on the model of the USSR.

30/1/1946. Wednesday (+267) UN General Assembly met for the first time, in London.

29/1/1946, Tuesday (+266) Harry L Hopkins, US government social administrator, died aged 56.

28/1/1946, Monday (+265)

27/1/1946, Sunday (+264) In the Far East, more than 2,000 airmen went on strike at the slow pace of demobilisation.

26/1/1946, Saturday (+263) Christopher Hampton, playwright, was born.

24/1/1946, Thursday (+261)

23/1/1946, Wednesday (+260) Bert Lee, British songwriter, died in London.

22/1/1946, Tuesday (+259) UK pit owners protested at plans to nationalise the coal industry.

21/1/1946, Monday (+258)

20/1/1946. Sunday (+257) De Gaulle resigned.Goiun became President of France.

19/1/1946, Saturday (+256) Dolly Parton, American Country and Western singer, was born in Sevierville, Tennessee.

18/1/1946, Friday (+255) Poland appropriated all farms of over 100 hectares (50 hectares for arable land) and redistributed the land to farm labourers. 6 million hectares of land were reassigned, resulting in the disappearance of the landowning gentry class.

15/1/1946, Tuesday (+252)

11/1/1946. Friday (+248) General Enver Hoxha�s Democratic Front won 95% of the vote in Albania and proclaimed a People's Republic. King Zog of Albania had been deposed on 2/1/1946. See 7/4/1939.

10/1/1946, Thursday (+247) The League of Nations was officially dissolved, after 26 years, and replaced by the United Nations.

9/1/1946, Wednesday (+246) Countee Cullen, USpoet, died aged 42

8/1/1946. Tuesday (+245) The trial of Goering and Von Ribbentrop began.

7/1/1946. Monday (+244) Austria was established as a de facto independent state, divided into four zones of military occupation, as was Germany. See 15/5/1955. Vienna was also divided into four zones, apart from the Innere Stadt district which was occupied jointly by all four powers (Britain, France, the USA, and the USSR).

6/1/1946, Sunday (+243) Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, was born (died 7/7/2006)

5/1/1946, Saturday (+242) Diane Keaton, actress, was born.

4/1/1946, Friday (+241) General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of the Allied Powers during the occupation of Japan, began a purge of the Japanese government, with the goal of removing �undesirable personnel� from office. Over two and a half years, 210,287 people were removed or barred from public office.

3/1/1946. Thursday (+240) Nazi propagandist William Joyce, the notorious Lord Haw Haw, was hanged in London for treason. He was known as Lord Haw Haw for the falsely posh nasal tones of his radio broadcasts telling of German military �successes� (often false). He had been convicted on 19/9/1945.

2/1/1946. Wednesday (+239) King Zog of Albania was deposed in his absence. He was born Ahmed Bey Zogu, a member of the Zogolli family. The Zogolli led a powerful Moslem faction in the mountains of Albania, so when in 1912 Zog joined the powerful anti-Turkish movement, pressing for Albanian independence, Muslims abandoned traditional religious ties in a push for national freedom. Under King William, Zog achieved high office and in 1922 became Prime Minister. He was forced to flee abroad in 1924 but returned to Albania in 1925 to become President of Albania. He played off various opposing factions within the religiously divided state and gathered enough personal power to have himself declared King in 1928. However he was unable to withstand Mussolini in Italy and had to allow the Italians to invade in 1939 to prepare to invade Greece. His credibility ruined, Zog was easily ousted by the Communists in 1946.

1/1/1946, Tuesday (+238) Test flights began at an airfield west of London, called Heathrow, to be developed as a major civilian airport.

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31/12/1945, Monday (+237) Most Berliners were subsisting on just 800 calories a day; in 1946 in the British sector rations dropped on occasion to a slow as 400 calories a day, less than was received by the inmates at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Not only was food desperately short but numbers to be fed were swollen by huge numbers of German refugees from eastern Europe. Medical supplies were also virtually non-existent, and 43 of Berlin�s 44 hospitals had been destroyed or badly damaged. Typhoid spread due to broken water mains and damaged sewers. Then mosquitoes and other insects feeding on corpses spread disease, and dysentery killed 6 out of 10 babies born in Berlin in July 1945. Another lethal hazard was unexploded ordnance, shells, mines and grenades. In 1945 Berlin women outnumbered men by 3 to 1.

30/12/1945, Sunday (+236) (Britain, Food) The SS Tilapia docked in Bristol with the first cargo of bananas to enter the UK since the War, since 11/1940, when the UK Government banned all fruit imports except oranges.

29/12/1945, Saturday (+235) Koreans attacked US soldiers in Seoul in protest at the decision to wait as long as five years to restore Korean independence.

28/12/1945, Friday (+234) Theodore Dreiser, US author (born 27/8/1871 in Terre Haute, Indiana), died in Hollywood, California.

27/12/1945. Thursday (+233) The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, commonly known as the �World Bank�, was established. The Bank began operations, officially, in June 1946 at its headquarters at Washington, DC. The IMF was also established this day.

21/12/1945, Friday (+227) (1) France appointed Jean Monnet as head of a commission to repair and develop French industry.He evolved the Monnet Plan which with 5 years enabled French industry to surpass its per-war output level.

(2) US General Patton was killed in a road accident whilst commanding the 5th US Army in West Germany.

17/12/1945, Monday (+223) Christopher Cazenove, actor, was born.

15/12/1945. Saturday (+221) Iranian Azerbaijan declared itself an independent republic, following a Communist-led revolt there against Tehran in November 1945. On 11/12/1946 Iranian troops re-conquered the province.

12/12/1945, Wednesday (+218) Frederick Fox, champion jockey, died (born 2/1888).

11/12/1945. Tuesday (+217) The new Waterloo Bridge, London, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, fully opened.Half its width had been in use since 1942.

10/12/1945, Monday (+216)

8/12/1945, Saturday (+214)At the Nuremberg Trials it emerged that Hitler had expected the Spanish General Franco to seize Gibraltar from Britain.

7/12/1945. Friday (+213) The Japanese General Yamashita was sentenced to death as a war criminal � on the anniversary of Pearl Harbour � and was hanged the following month.

6/12/1945, Thursday (+212) U.S. General George C. Marshall testified at the Pearl Harbour inquiry that he did not anticipate the attack but that an "alert" defence would have prevented all but "limited harm�.

5/12/1945. Wednesday (+211) Five US Navy bombers on a training flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, disappeared over the area later known as the Bermuda Triangle, with 27 crew. When radio contact with the 5 planes was lost, a 6th plane was sent to search for them; it too disappeared without trace.

4/12/1945, Tuesday (+210) T H Morgan, US biologist, died aged 79.

3/12/1945, Monday (+209) The Arab League voted in Cairo to boycott all goods from Jewish Palestine.

2/12/1945, Sunday (+208) (US, Islam, Jewish) The Arab world began a general boycott of Israel, to geographically isolate the country. The boycott was to cover not just companies trading with Israel or with Israeli companies but also companies doing business with these companies. In 1977 the US, under President Carter, declared it illegal for US companies to participate in this boycott. In the 1990s Israel insisted upon the dismantling of the boycott, which was estimated to have cost the country some US$ 40 billion, as part of the Peace Process. In 2001, however, the Arab League�s Boycott Office resumed activities as part of its support for the Palestinians during the Intifada.

1/12/1945, Saturday (+207) Soviet and US troops, which had jointly occupied Czechoslovakia since the War, now pulled out. However the USSR kept divisions close to its border with Czechoslovakia.

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30/11/1945, Friday (+206) Roger Glove, Welsh bass player songwriter, was born.

29/11/1945. Thursday (+205) King Peter of Yugoslavia was ousted from power and a Communist Republic declared.

28/11/1945, Wednesday (+204) Dwight F Davis, founder of the Davis Cup tennis tournament, died.

27/11/1945, Tuesday (+203) British racing car driver Alain de Cadenet was born.

26/11/1945, Monday (+202) John McVie, bassist, was born in London

25/11/1945, Sunday (+201)

23/11/1945, Friday (+199) English racing car driver Tony Pond was born.

22/11/1945, Thursday (+198) The famous Hollywood Canteen, which catered to Allied servicemen and women during the war, shut its doors.

21/11/1945, Wednesday (+197) Goldie Hawn, actress, was born.

20/11/1945. Tuesday (+196) The Nuremberg Trials began. Setting up a war crimes tribunal was unprecedented and an act of doubtful legality, but the world had a keen desire to see revenge for the atrocities the Nazis had committees, especially in their concentration camps. 24 Nazi leaders were on trial. Defendants included Goering, Hess, and Ribbentrop. On 16/10/1946 the executions of the guilty began. These included Von Ribbentrop, Rosenberg, and Streicher.

19/11/1945, Monday (+195) General MacArthur ordered the arrest of 11 Japanese wartime leaders, including ex-Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka and General Sadao Araki.

18/11/1945, Sunday (+194) Dr W N Leek, in Cheshire, claimed that the falling UK birth-rate was due to people wearing pyjamas in bed instead of nightshirts.

17/11/1945, Saturday (+193) Sukarno became de facto leader of Indonesia

16/11/1945, Friday (+192) The Communist Azerbaijani Democratic Party began an uprising in Iran�s Azerbaijan Province.

15/11/1945, Thursday (+191) Thomas Stack, champion jockey, was born.

14/11/1945, Wednesday (+190) Riots broke out in Tel Aviv over the U.S.-British statement on Palestine, killing two and wounding 57.

13/11/1945. Tuesday (+189) (1) De Gaulle was elected President of France by the unanimous vote of all 555 deputies.However he resigned within ten weeks when the Fourth Republic disagreed with his idea for a strong US-style Presidency.See 21/12/1958.

(2) Britain and the USA announced the creation of a joint committee to decide the future of Palestine.

12/11/1945. Monday (+188) Marshall Tito�s National Front Party secured an overwhelming majority in general elections.

11/11/1945, Sunday (+187) Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua, was born.

10/11/1945, Saturday (+186) (1) The Communist Enver Hoxha established a Republican government in Albania, recognised by the UK, USA, and the USSR.

(2) In Poland a Central Planning Office was established; renamed as the State Planning Commission in 1949.

9/11/1945, Friday (+185) Martial law ended in Bulgaria and demobilization began.

8/11/1845, Thursday (+184) British commander E.C. Mansergh ordered all Indonesians to surrender their arms by 6 a.m. Saturday or face �all the naval, army and air forces under my command�. That night President Sukarno of the unrecognized Indonesian Republic appealed to President Truman and Prime Minister Attlee to intervene in the conflict to prevent bloodshed.

7/11/1945, Wednesday (+183) The jet aircraft Meteor EE454 reached the record speed of 606 mph.

6/11/1945. Tuesday (+182) The USSR said it would build its own atom bomb.

5/11/1945, Monday (+181) In Britain, a seven-week dock strike ended.

4/11/1945. Sunday (+180) General election in Hungary. Communists won just 17% of the vote, with the Smallholders Party winning with 60% of the vote. Zoltan Tildy of the Smallholders Party formed a coalition government.

3/11/1945. Saturday (+179) Gerd Muller, German footballer, was born in Nordlingen.

2/11/1945, Friday (+178) 42 staff members of Dachau concentration camp were indicted at Nuremberg.

1/11/1945, Thursday (+177) (Innovation) The Slinky coil was patented by Richard James in Pennsylvania.

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31/10/1945, Wednesday (+176) Brian Doyle-Murray, actor, comedian and screenwriter, was born in Chicago, Illinois

30/10/1945. Tuesday (+175) Henry Winkler, actor, was born.

29/10/1945. Monday (+174) (1) Biro pens went on sale in New York for the first time. Priced at US$1.25 at Gimbels store, some 10,000 were sold in one day.

(2) The Harwell Atomic Energy Research Establishment was set up.

(3) President Vargas of Brazil was forced out by the military, but regained the Presidency in 1950 elections.

28/10/1945, Sunday (+173) Gilbert Emery, US actor, died aged 70.

27/10/1945, Saturday (+172) Luis Inacio da Silva, who was elected President of Brazil on6/10/2002, was born.

26/10/1945, Friday (+171) Pat Conroy, author, was born in Atlanta, Georgia (died 2016)

25/10/1945, Thursday (+170) (China) Taiwan was formally ceded by Japan to China.

24/10/1945. Wednesday (+169) (1) The United Nations Charter came into force, see 18/4/1946.

(2) Vidkun Quisling was hanged as a war criminal, at Askerhus Fortress, Oslo. He had joined the Norwegian Fascist Party (Nasjonal Samlung) in 1933, and had encouraged Hitler to invade Norway. He was also held responsible for sending nearly 1,000 Norwegian Jews to Nazi concentration camps. See 10/9/1945.

(3) In Hungary, key industries and the banking sector were nationalised, as part of the Kosice Programme.

23/10/1945, Tuesday (+168) Kim Larsen, rock musician, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark.

22/10/1945, Monday (+167) Sheila Sherwood, athlete (long jump), was born.

21/10/1945, Sunday (+166) Elections in France provided gains for the Left. The Communists won 148 seats, the Socialists 134, Radical Socialists 35 (the Popular Republican Movement won 141 seats), Conservatives 62 seats, others 2 seats.

20/10/1945, Saturday (+165) George Wyner, actor, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

19/10/1945, Friday (+164) Divine, actor, was born.

18/10/1945, Thursday (+163) In Venezuela, a coup by the Leftist Action Democratica Party. Romulo Betancourt (1908-81) was installed as President.

17/10/1945, Wednesday (+162) Dave Cutler, Canadian footballer, was born.

16/10/1945, Tuesday (+161) The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) was established.Its aim was to raise levels of nutrition and standards of living.

15/10/1945, Monday (+160) Pierre Laval, leader of the French Vichy government, was executed for treason for collaboration with the Nazis.

14/10/1945, Sunday (+159) Kim Il Sung returned to North Korea (in the uniform of a Soviet Red Army Major) to receive a hero�s welcome. Soviet policy in North Korea was to install North Korean Communists in key positions swiftly after the War ended to reinforce Communist rule in the northern half of the country.

12/10/1945, Friday (+157)

11/10/1945. Thursday (+156) Fighting broke out in China between the Nationalists under Chiang Kai Shek and the Communists under Mao Tse Tung.

10/10/1945, Wednesday (+155) The Communist Party of Korea was founded. North Korea observes Party Foundation Day every October 10 as a national holiday.

9/10/1945. Tuesday (+154) Pierre Laval, Prime Minister of Vichy France, was sentenced to death.

8/10/1945, Monday (+153) Percy Spencer, a radar expert, patented the first microwave oven. His employer gave him a bonus of 2 US$. US engineers working on the magnetron, a crucial component of radar systems in World War Two, had noticed how food items in the lab would warm up when near this apparatus; in fact engineers used to test if the magnetron was working by putting their finger near it to see if it warmed up

5/10/1945, Friday (+150) Striking Warner Brother workers rioted at Hollywood, after a 6-month strike, an incident known as Hollywood Black Friday.

3/10/1945, Wednesday (+148) Christopher Bruce, dancer, was born.

2/10/1945, Tuesday (+147) Don McLean, songwriter, was born.

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26/9/1945. Wednesday (+141) Bela Bartok, composer, died.

24/9/1945, Monday (+139) John Rutter, composer, was born

21/9/1945, Friday (+136) Jerry Bruckheimer, TV film producer, was born.

20/9/1945, Thursday (+135) Alexander Purves, rugby player, was born.

19/9/1945. Wednesday (+134) Clement Attlee, UK Prime Minister, promised India will have independence.

15/9/1945, Saturday (+130) Japan was occupied by Allied forces under General MacArthur.See 28/4/1952, and 14/8/1945.

13/9/1945, Thursday (+128) Lieutenant General Hatazo Adachi of Japan surrendered. Just 13,000 of his orig8inal 65,000 men were left alive. He was sentenced to life imprisonment as a war criminal, and committed suicide in 1947.

12/9/1945, Wednesday (+127) An estimate of War casualties reckoned that Britain had lost 420,000 members of the armed forces; the US had lost 292,000, and the USSR, 13 million. German loss of military men was put at 3.9 million, Japan�s at 2.6 million. British civilian casualties from air raids were set at 60,000, with 860,000 severely injured.

11/9/1945, Tuesday (+126) Japanese General Hideki Tojo attempted suicide when American troops arrived at his home to arrest him as a war criminal. Tojo shot himself below the heart with a revolver, but survived.

10/9/1945. Monday (+125) Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death at Oslo for collaborating with the Nazis. He had been puppet Prime Minister during the Nazi occupation of Norway. He was executed on 24/10/1945, by firing squad, at Akershus Fortress, Oslo.

9/9/1945, Sunday (+124) Japanese forces in China formally surrendered to Chiank Kai Shek in Nanjing.

8/9/1945. Saturday (+123) The USA and USSR agreed to divide the Korean Peninsula.

7/9/1945, Friday (+122) Berlin Victory Parade of 1945: The Allies held a victory parade in Berlin. The Soviet JS-3 heavy tank was displayed in public for the first time.

6/9/1945, Thursday (+121) A leftist committee led by Woon Hyung Lyuh proclaimed itself the official Government of an independent South Korea. However the US under Lieutenant John R Hodge, Commanding General of US forces in Korea, refused to recognise this Government. The US wanted to establish a trusteeship to supersede both the US military administration in the South and the Soviet-backed administration in the North. The Korean Government in exile declared itself as a political party, not the government.

5/9/1945. Wednesday (+120) Singapore re-occupied by the British. See 15/2/1942.

4/9/1945, Tuesday (+119) The Japanese garrison on Wake Island formally surrendered to the USA, see 23/12/1941..

3/9/1945, Monday (+118) General Tomoyuki Yamashita formally surrendered the remaining Japanese troops in the Philippines to United States Army General Jonathan M. Wainwright, the same commander who was compelled to surrender to Yamashita at Corregidor in 1942.

2/9/1945, Sunday (+117) Formal surrender of Japan, see 14/8/1945. The Japanese Chief of Staff, General Yoshijiro Umezo, signed the surrender document on board the USS Missouri, in front of General McArthur.

1/9/1945. Saturday (+116) British troops took control of Hong Kong.

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31/8/1945, Friday (+115) Douglas MacArthur established the Supreme Allied Command in Tokyo.

30/8/1945, Thursday (+114) The British Royal Navy returned to Hong Kong.

29/8/1945, Wednesday (+113) The Xinghua Campaign began in China.

28/8/1945. Tuesday (+112) US troops landed in Japan.

24/8/1945, Friday (+108) Vince McMahon, professional wrestling entrepreneur, was born.

20/8/1945, Monday (+104) The US terminated the Lend Lease Act, as hostilities had ceasedPassed by US Congress in 1941, it offered help to the UK, under attack from the Nazis.However US aid to Europe continued under the Marshall Plan.

19/8/1945. Sunday (+103) Soviet troops occupied Harbin and Mukden in Manchuria; 100,000 Japanese there surrendered.

18/8/1945 Saturday (+102) The Soviet invasion of the Kuril Islands began, opening with the Battle of Shumshu.

17/8/1945, Friday (+101) Indonesia was proclaimed an independent republic, under Dr Sukarno, after its liberation from Japanese forces.The PNI (Indonesian Nationalist Party) proclaimed a Republic in the city they called Jakarta, and the Dutch called Batavia.The Dutch and the PNI began fighting.

16/8/1945, Thursday (+100) Emperor Hirohito issued a decree at 4:00 p.m. local time ordering all Japanese forces to cease fire. The Japanese cabinet resigned.

15/8/1945, Wednesday (+99) Marshal Petain was convicted of treason (see 23/7/1945) and sentenced to death. Like all death sentences on minors and women, this was commuted by President De Gaulle to life and the 90-year-old Marshal was confined to the Ile de Yeu off the Vendee coast. In June 1951 Petain, feeble and devoid of mental faculties, was released; he died less than a month later. Overall in France the purge of collaborators, known as l�epuration (the purification) lasted from September 1944 to the end of 1949. Just over 2,000 death sentences were handed down, of which 768 were carried out. Even the entertainer Maurice Chevalier, who had merely entertained French PoWs in Germany, narrowly escaped a firing squad. Some 12x this number of those officially executed were summarily shot by firing squad immediately after liberation.

14/8/1945. Tuesday (+98) (1) Japan surrendered unconditionally. This marked the end of World War II. VJ day was officially celebrated on the following day, the 15th August. The Japanese surrender was officially accepted by General Douglas MacArthur on the US aircraft carrier Missouri on 2/9/1945. Between November 1944 and August 1945 nearly 70 Japanese cities were pulverised, with around 300,000, mostly civilians, killed.

(2) J M Keynes warned that Britain was facing a �financial Dunkirk� as Lend Lease was ended (see 20/8/1945). Britain�s overseas debts had risen from UK� 496 million in 1939 to UK� 3,500 million in 1945. Pre-War gold and Dollar reserves had been used up, along with UK�1,118 million of overseas investments. The UK only avoided bankruptcy with a US$ 4,000 million loan from the USA, granted on strict terms including abandoning the trade preferences granted to Commonwealth countries and making Sterling fully convertible. When these terms were implemented in 1947, Sterling crashed.

(3) (China, Russia) The Soviet Union concluded a Treaty of Friendship with Nationalist China. This included handing over Manchuria, which the Soviets had conquered from Japanese forces, to China. However before the Soviets moved out, they stripped the region of all the military and industrial equipment they could move, and took this, along with many Japanese PoWs, back to Russia to support their own industrial reconstruction.

13/8/1945, Monday (+97) The World Zionist Congress demanded the admission of 1 million Jews to Palestine.

12/8/1945, Sunday (+96) Soviet forces occupied North Korea, Sakhalin and the Kurile islands.

11/8/1945, Saturday (+95) The US drafted General Order No.1, providing for Japanese forces in Korea north of the 38th parallel to surrender to the Soviets; those south of the 38th parallel to surrender to the Americans. The Soviets began to seal off the North at the 38th parallel, whilst the US was keen to halt any further southwards penetration by Russian soldiers.

10/8/1945, Friday (+94) Emperor Hirohito of Japan announced he was prepared to surrender unconditionally. The US cancelled plans to drop two further atoms bombs, scheduled for 13 and 16 August.

9/8/1945. Thursday (+93) The second atomic bomb was dropped, on Nagasaki. 40,000 were killed here.The intended target, Kokura, was obscured by cloud.

8/8/1945. Wednesday (+92) The USSR, under Stalin, declared war on Japan. The USSR invaded Japanese-held Manchuria, and northern Korea.

7/8/1945, Tuesday (+91) Radio Tokyo reported unspecifically about an attack on Hiroshima. The Americans were unable to immediately assess the results for themselves because of impenetrable cloud over the detonation site. Late in the day, Imperial Japanese headquarters referred to a "new type of bomb" used on Hiroshima, admitting that "only a small number of the new bombs were released, yet they did substantial damage.

6/8/1945. Monday (+90) The first atomic bomb was dropped, on Hiroshima, Japan, from the B29 bomber Enola Gay. At 8.15 in the morning a nuclear chain reaction in the bomb built up a temperature of several million degrees centigrade. In 0.1 milliseconds a fireball at 300,000 degrees centigrade was created, and this expanded to 250 yards in diameter one second after detonation. The mushroom cloud reached 23,000 feet into the sky. 78,000 of the city�s population of 300,000 was killed, some instantaneously, by the blast, some later by the firestorm that the bomb created, and another 90,000 injured, many seriously.

5/8/1945, Sunday (+89) The U.S. Twentieth Air Force flew over twelve Japanese cities and dropped 720,000 pamphlets warning their populations to surrender or face devastation.

4/8/1945, Saturday (+88) The US dropped leaflets over Hiroshima, warning that their city was to be obliterated.

3/8/1945, Friday (+87) The American government announced that every Japanese and Korean harbour of consequence had been mined, leaving Japan totally blockaded.

2/8/1945, Thursday (+86) The Potsdam Conference (began 16/7/1945) ended without agreement on the future of Europe. The Soviets would not agree to free elections in Eastern Europe.

1/8/1945. Wednesday (+85) Family Favourites record request programme began on the BBC.

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31/7/1945, Tuesday (+84) On Tinian, the assembly of the Little Boy atomic bomb was completed.

30/7/1945, Monday (+83) The Japanese submarine I-58 sank the USS Indianapolis, killing 833 seamen.

29/7/1945, Sunday (+82) (1) The BBC Light Programme began broadcasting.

(2) Japan rejected a US ultimatum to surrender. The US estimated that 1 million Allied casualties would ensue from a land invasion of Japan.

28/7/1945, Saturday (+81) A B-25 bomber crashed into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building, killing the 3 crew and 11 passengers.

27/7/1945, Friday (+80) On the Philippine island of Tinian, the Little Boy atomic bomb began being prepared for use.

26/7/1945. Thursday (+79) (1) Clement Attlee�s Labour Government came to power with a huge majority of 173 seats. The result was Labour, 412 seats, Conservative 213 seats, and Liberals 12 seats. Clement Attlee was born in Putney, London, on 3/1/1883. The former government of Winston Churchill was defeated. Churchill�s warning that �no Socialist system can be established without some form of political police or Gestapo� did the Conservatives more harm than Labour, as voters thought it ridiculous to compare politicians like Attlee and Bevan to Hitler. However the new Labour Government now faced severe economic problems. �4 billion of British foreign investments had gone, exports were half the 1938 level, industry was damaged and run-down, and 700,000 houses in London alone were bomb damaged. Then there were the Labour commitments to a Welfare State, free healthcare, and the nationalisation of major industries. Politically the USA and USSR emerged as superpowers, but Britain had lost its premier standing in the world forever.

(2) In the Soviet-occupied zone of Germany, the banks were closed and citizens ordered to hand over all their gold, silver, foreign currency and other valuables to the Russians, who were also dismantling factories and taking them to Russia as reparations.

(3) In the war against Japan, the Allies issued their final terms for peace; the Potsdam Declaration. This failed to guarantee the post-surrender retention of the Japanese Emperor, Hirohito; which was the only guarantee the Japanese were seeking for surrender. Therefore the war continued, culminating in the dropping of atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In fact the Emperor was allowed to remain, post-surrender.

25/7/1945, Wednesday (+78) The British 14th Army captured the railhead of Taunggyi in Shan State, north eastern Burma.

24/7/1945, Tuesday (+77) (Japan) US President Harry Truman told Joseph Stalin that a new and powerful weapon was ready to be deployed against Japan, but did not provide any specific information. Truman was relieved that Stalin did not ask for further details; in fact the Russians already knew from their spies. The atom bomb was used against Japan, but it was also intended to deter Russia from attempting to occupy Japan.

23/7/1945, Monday (+76) Marshal Petain was charged with treason, see 15/8/1945.

22/7/1945, Sunday (+75) Art treasures worth an estimated $500 million U.S. that had been looted by the Germans during the war were returned to Florence, Italy.

21/7/1945, Saturday (+74) John Lowe, darts champion, was born.

20/7/1945, Friday (+73) Paul Valery, French poet, died aged 74.

19/7/1945, Thursday (+72) Heinrich Wolfflin, Swiss art historian, died aged 81.

18/7/1945, Wednesday (+71) (1) The Belgian Senate voted to forbid the return of Leopold III.

(2) The first atom bomb explosion was achieved, at Alamogordo, USA.

17/7/1945, Tuesday (+70) The Potsdam Conference began, attended by Allied leaders Truman, Stalin, and Churchill (later replaced by Attlee).

16/7/1945. Monday (+69) The atom bomb, produced at Los Alamos, was tested at Alamogordo airbase in the desert of New Mexico. See 8/3/1950.

12/7/1945, Thursday (+65) John Taylor, rugby player, was born.

10/7/1945, Tuesday (+63) US military strategists began planning the invasion of mainland Japan, starting with Honshu and Kyushu.

7/7/1945, Saturday (+60) Trains carried a record 102,889 holidaymakers to Blackpool. UK beaches had been off limits to civilians since the War began in 1939. In 1948 the Holidays With Pay Act increased the holiday trade even more.

6/7/1945, Friday (+59) US Chiefs of Staff plan the evacuation of 400 top German scientists.

5/7/1945, Thursday (+58) UK General Election. The results were delayed three weeks to allow for postal votes cast overseas by members of the armed forces.

3/7/1945, Tuesday (+56) In the USA, Ford restarted the manufacture of cars, over a month before the war with Japan actually ended. Overall Ford manufactured 34,440 cars dur8ing 1945, which were very similar to the cars made until 1942. New car styles only appeared from around 1949.

1/7/1945. Sunday (+54) The average wage of a bricklayer on London was 2s (10p) an hour; in Glasgow it was 2s 2d (11p) an hour. A 4lb (1.75 kg) loaf of bread cost 8d (3.3p) A gallon of petrol cost 1s 11d (9 �p). A week at the Victoria Hotel, Buttermere, Lake District, with full board, cost �5 5s (�5.25). Quite expensive for the London bricklayer.

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28/6/1945, Thursday (+51) Kenneth Buchanan, boxer, was born in Edinburgh.

27/6/1945, Wednesday (+50) William Sturgess, champion walker, died (born 2/4/1871).

26/6/1945, Tuesday (+49) The Charter for the United Nations was signed by the US.

25/6/1945. Monday (+48) The Charter for the United Nations was drawn up in San Francisco, and signed by 50 countries. This was the successor to the League of Nations. See 18/4/1946.

24/6/1945, Sunday (+47) In Thailand, British bombers destroyed the two railway bridges over the notorious River Kwai, built with slave labour

23/6/1945, Saturday (+46) Representatives of the Big Four powers (China, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Soviet Union) agreed to admit Poland to the United Nations.

22/6/1945. Friday (+45) US troops captured Okinawa.

21/6/1945, Thursday (+44) Ford announced the start of post-War car production in Britain.

20/6/1945, Wednesday (+43) Anne Murray, singer, was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada

19/6/1945, Tuesday (+42) Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar human rights activist, was born.

18/6/1945, Monday (+41) (1) The first demobilisations began in Britain (see 22/9/1944).

(2) In Hungary, as part of the Kosice Programme, the expulsion of all Germans and Magyars who had not been anti-Fascists was ordered. They had mostly left by the end of 1946. Large Hungarian estates were expropriated and converted into State farms.

17/6/1945, Sunday (+40) Ken Livingstone, first Mayor of London, was born in London, England.

16/6/1945, Saturday (+39) Sean Kelly was elected President of Ireland.

15/6/1945. Friday (+38) Family Allowance payments were introduced in Britain. The rates were 5 shillings (25 pence) for the second child and subsequent ones, but nothing for the first child.

14/6/1945, Thursday (+37) Joachim von Ribbentrop was captured in Hamburg.

13/6/1945, Wednesday (+36) Australian forces captured Brunei City.

12/6/1945, Tuesday (+35) Patrick Jennings, footballer, was born.

10/6/1945, Sunday (+33)

9/6/1945, Saturday (+32) Russia established Soviet Military occupation in Germany (SMAD), in Berlin.

8/6/1945, Friday (+31) Derek Underwood, cricketer, was born.

7/6/1945, Thursday (+30) First performance in London of Benjamin Britten�s opera, Peter Grimes, a story of frustrated homosexuality based on the 1810 poem The Borough by George Crabbe.

6/6/1945, Wednesday (+29) Bob (Robert Nesta) Marley, reggae musician,was born in Jamaica.

5/6/1945. Tuesday (+28) Allied commanders signed a pact for the occupation of Germany; it was to be divided into 4 zones, British, French, USA, and USSR.

4/6/1945, Monday (+27) US forces landed on the Oruku peninsula, Okinawa, in an attempt to outflank Japanese defensive positions.

3/6/1945, Sunday (+26) Brian W Barnes, golfer, was born.

2/6/1945, Saturday (+25) Jon Peters, film producer, was born in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California.

1/6/1945, Friday (+24) Heavy air raid on Osaka, Japan; 20 square km of the city was totally destroyed.

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31/5/1945, Thursday (+23) The Norwegian Government returned to govern in Oslo, having been in exile in London.King Haakon returned from London a week later.

30/5/1945, Wednesday (+24) Several thousand ethnic Germans were expelled from the Czech city of Brno. Many did not make it as far as the Austrian border but died en route; the Brno Death March.

29/5/1945, Tuesday (+21) Martin Pipe, champion jockey, was born.

28/5/1945, Monday (+20) Lord Haw Haw, William Joyce, was arrested, see 3/1/1946.

26/5/1945, Saturday (+18)

24/5/1945, Thursday (+16) The University of Lodz, Poland, was founded.

23/5/1945. Wednesday (+15) Heinrich Himmler, former Nazi Chief of Police, killed himself whilst in British custody. He had joined the waves of German civilian refugees unnoticed after VE Day and wandered aimlessly until he encountered a British checkpoint at Bremervorde, where his true identity was uncovered. As he was being searched he bit into a cyanide capsule and died.

22/5/1945, Tuesday (+14) Tiso, President of �Slovakia�, was arrested whilst in hiding in Austria.He was tried for wartime collaboration in a Czechoslovak court and sentenced to death in April 1947.Some Czechoslovaks pressed for a reprieve but the national government wanted the death sentence and he was executed, see 26/10/1939 and 18/4/1947.

21/5/1945, Monday (+13) Herbert Adams, US sculptor (born 28/1/1858) died.

20/5/1945, Sunday (+12) US. forces captured Malaybalay on Mindanao.

19/5/1945, Saturday (+11) Pete Townshend, musician in The Who, was born,

18/5/1945, Friday (+10) BS Chandrasekhar, cricketer, was born.

17/5/1945, Thursday (+9) French troops landed in Beirut to reassert colonial control.

16/5/1945, Wednesday (+8) Nicky Chinn, songwriter, was born in London

15/5/1945, Tuesday (+7) The last Nazi fighters in Yugoslavia ceased resistance.

14/5/1945, Monday (+6) The last of Germany�s U-Boats in the Atlantic surrendered at Londonderry.

13/5/1945, Sunday (+5) Rioting outside a Catholic church in Santiago, Chile which was holding a mass in memory of Benito Mussolini. Several people were injured and four arrests were made.

12/5/1945, Saturday (+4) Alan Ball, footballer, was born.

11/5/1945. Friday (+3) Prague, the last European capital under Nazi occupation, was liberated.

10/5/1945, Thursday (+2) Vidkun Quisling was captured by Resistance fighters in Norway.

9/5/1945, Wednesday (+1) The German occupation of the Channel Islands ended. The German commander of the Channel Islands, Vice-Admiral Huffmeier, had threatened to fight on but his 10,000 men ignored him and surrendered without a shot being fired. The ordinary people had come close to starvation, subsisting on stewed rabbits and cabbage. As late as 7/5/1945 the German occupiers had been issuing orders to improve coastal fortifications.

8/5/1945. Tuesday (0) (1) VE Day. The Second World War officially ended in Europe, at one minute past midnight. Field Marshall Keitel signed the final capitulation. The Channel Islands remained under Nazi occupation till the following day, 9/5/1945. Street parties were held all over Britain.

UK Bomber Command has calculated the following statistics relating to the Second World War. 55,573 aircrew were killed, of whom 47,130 died on operations, 138 died as PoWs, and 8,090 were killed in �mon-operational incidents� (mostly flying accidents). Of those killed, 38,462 were British, 9,980 were Canadian, 4,050 were Australian and 1,703 were New Zealanders. 530 RAF groundcrew were killed, and 759 injured, in incidents such as bombs detonating when being loaded onto aircraft or being jammed in the bomb bay. Total bombs dropped on Axis countries amounted to 955,044 tons, of which 657,674 tons was dropped on Germany itself. 336,037 bombing raids were carried out by the RAF. 8,655 aircraft were reported as missing (failed to return). By the end of 1944 Allied raids had reduced German oil production by 40%, so that many German tanks and aircraft became unusable due to lack of fuel, even if they were serviceable.

German civilian casualties have been estimated at between 350,000 and 600,000.

Some 3.4 million German houses and flats had been destroyed out of a total of 17.1 million; a further 30% of homes had been severely damaged by bombing. The desperate housing shortage was exacerbated by an influx of some 10 million refugees from eastern Europe. Many Germans lived 5 or 6 to a room, or existed in makeshift shelters. Some, as at Dachau near Munich, lived in former concentration camps.

In Greater Manchester 684 people died in the bombing, and an additional 2,364 were injured.

See also Hungary for other War damage tolls.

(2) During French VE celebrations in Setif, Algerian nationalists again agitated for independence. An Algerian carried the forbidden Algerian green and white flag; he was shot dead by French police. The French aftermath was heavy handed, with mass arrests, and the deaths of several tens of thousands of Algerians; 103 Europeans also died.

7/5/1945. Monday (-1) German Chief of Staff Jodl unconditionally surrendered to Allied forces at Reims, ending the fighting in Europe. The surrender was at 2.40 am in a small schoolhouse that served as General Eisenhower�s headquarters. The last ship sunk by German forces, the Avondale Park, was lost. See 4/9/1939. Soviet forces took Wroclaw, south-west Poland.

6/5/1945, Sunday (-2) German forces in Norway surrendered.

5/5/1945. Saturday (-3) (1) Denmark liberated from Nazi occupationsee 9/4/1940.German troops in Holland under General Johannes von Blaskowitz also surrendered to the Canadian Commander Charles Foulkes.

(2) Elsie Mitchell and the five children she was looking after were killed in Oregon by a Japanese balloon bomb.They ware the only people killed in enemy action on the US mainland during World War Two.

4/5/1945, Friday (-4) German troops in The Netherlands, Denmark, north-west Germany surrendered.

3/5/1945, Thursday (-5) (1) Hamburg capturedby the British.

(2) Rijeka (Fiume) was captured by the Yugoslavs; the Germans left, but blew up the port installations first.

(3) British forces took Rangoon, Burma.

2/5/1945. Wednesday (-6) The one million German soldiers in Austria surrendered. Berlin finally surrendered to the Russians at 3 pm. British and Russian troops linked up at Wismar on the Baltic. Trieste captured by New Zealand forces.

1/5/1945, Tuesday (-7) (France-Germany) (1) Joseph Goebbels and his wife Magda committed suicide, having killed their six children with poison. US troops entered Bavaria. Berlin was totally in Russian hands.

(2) During May Day celebrations in Algiers, Algerian nationalist demonstrators staged an unauthorised march, with banners demanding independence from France. French attempts to halt the march led to the deaths of 10 Algerians and one Frenchman.

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30/4/1945. Monday (-8) (1) Adolf Hitler poisoned his wife Eva Braun with cyanide, then shot himself, in his Berlin bunker. They had married two days earlier. Hitler ordered that his body be burned; he was determined to avoid its being displayed as Mussolini�s had (28/4/1945). He feared even more being captured alive and taken to Moscow. German radio announced that Grand Admiral Doenitz was now leader of the Reich. Doenitz stated that the main aim was �to defend Germany from Bolshevism�; Doenitz and his supporters wanted to fight on, whilst another faction led by Heinrich Himmler wanted to surrender to both the Western Allies and Russia. As Hitler died, Soviet tanks were entering the ruins of central Berlin. There was panic on the Berlin streets as SS men shot deserting Nazi soldiers, whilst low-flying Soviet biplanes machine-gunned bread queues. Bodies littered once elegant streets, looted of all valuables.

(2) Turin entered by US forces.

(3) The face of Big Ben, London, was lit once more for the first time in 5 years 123 days, an important sign that the War was nearly over.

29/4/1945. Sunday (-9) (1) The Allies took Venice. German troops in Italy unconditionally surrendered at 12 noon on 29/4/1945. Munich entered by US forces. British troops crossed the Elbe near Hamburg. At 1am on 30/4/1945 Hitler was informed that all Nazi forces he had been hoping would relieve Berlin were now encircled or on the defensive.

(2) Allied planes began Operation Manna, a 10-day long food drop for the starving Dutch. During the �Hongerwinter� of 1944/5 severe cold weather had combined with a Nazi ban on food imports to The Netherlands and the scorched earth policy of the retreating Nazis to create a famine that killed 20,000 Dutch civilians, who had been reduced to eating tulip bulbs and stinging nettles. The RAF dropped 7,030 tons of food, and the US Air Force dropped a further 4,150 tons under Operation Chowhound; 3.5 million Dutch were saved from starvation before the German surrender of 8/5/1945. German forces still occupying Holland did not fire upon the food relief planes, flying at just 100 metres above ground.

28/4/1945, Saturday (-10) (1) Hitler married his mistress, Eva Braun, in his Berlin bunker, in the early hours of the morning. The act was a symbolic abandonment of Hitler�s plans for �national socialism�- he had insisted that, as Fuhrer, he would have no ties to another human being. Meanwhile the Wehrmacht withdrew from the town of Demmin, north-eastern Germany, blowing up bridges as they retreated and abandoning the town�s civilians to the oncoming Red Army.

(2) Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci were caught and shot in Azzano, near Milan, by Italian partisans, as they tried to flee Italy. Born in 1883, Mussolini allied with Nazi Germany in WW2. However as the allies invaded Italy the Italian Communist partisans decided to execute him. He tried to cross the frontier disguised as a German soldier retreating towards Innsbruck, Austria, but was recognised. Democracy was restored to Italy after 20 years and a neo � Fascist party supporting Mussolini�s ideals won only 2% of the vote in the Italian elections of 1948. The body of Mussolini, his mistress, and other government officials, were hung upside down in Milan.

(3) US General George Patton ordered that German civilians be taken to see the Dachau concentration camp.

27/4/1945, Friday (-11) Genoa captured by US forces. Berlin was now totally surrounded by Soviet forces, and Hitler received reports that Heinrich Himmler, leader of the SS, had offered to surrender to the western Allies.

26/4/1945, Thursday (-12) Bremen captured by Allied forces.

25/4/1945, Wednesday (-13) (1) US and Soviet forces met on the Elbe near Torgau. The Allies captured Verona. Italian partisans liberated Milan. Marshal Petain was arrested. Zhukov�s and Koniev�s armies met west of Berlin, surrounding it.

(2) An international conference to establish a world security organisation, the �United Nations�, opened in San Francisco.

24/4/1945, Tuesday (-14) Himmler offered to surrender the German Reich to the governments of Great Britain and the USA.

23/4/1945, Monday (-15) River Po reached by the Allies. Blackout restrictions removed in Britain.

22/4/1945, Sunday (-16) Stuttgart taken by French forces. Hitler was told that forces under SS General Felix Steiner were unable to rescue Berlin from Soviet occupation.

21/4/1945, Saturday (-17) (1) (Germany) Soviet forces under Zhukov (1st Belorussian Front) entered the suburbs of Berlin. Dessau entered by US forces.

(2) Bologna, Italy, was liberated by the Allies, cutting links between the German 10th and 14th Armies. It had been under German occupation from September 1943, when Italy switched sides in the War.

20/4/1945, Friday (-18) (1) Britain estimated its civilian casualties from the war at 146,760. Civilian casualties in London amounted to 80,307.

(2) Nuremberg, once the scene of huge Nazi rallies, fell to the Allies, on Hitler�s 56th birthday. There was also the last air raid on Berlin. Soviet forces were to enter Berlin tomorrow. Since the first raid on 29/8/1940, some 76,652 tons of explosives and incendiary bombs had been dropped on the German capital. 50,692 tons were British, and 25,962 American. Soviet artillery also rained down some 40,000 tons of shells during the final stages of the war.

(3) The first Russian shell hit Berlin. A relentless bombardment of the city now began.

19/4/1945, Thursday (-19) US forces took Leipzig; the city was later handed to the Soviet sector, East Germany.

18/4/1945, Wednesday (-20) (1) Russians fighting on the Seelow Heights broke through westwards towards Berlin.The US took Magdeburg (later handed to the Soviet Zone).

(2) US troops under General Patton entered Czechoslovakia.

(3) Dachau concentration camp was liberated by the Allies.

17/4/1945, Tuesday (-21) The Battle of the Hongorai River began in New Guinea.

16/4/1945, Monday (-22) The Russians began a major assault on the Seelow Heights, crossing the Oder River.

15/4/1945. Sunday (-23) The Allies captured the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.Eva Braun descended to Hitler�s bunker; she had previously resided in a private apartment in the Chancellery, since March 1945.

14/4/1945, Saturday (-24) Canadian forces in Holland reached the North Sea and captured Leeuwarden. French and US forces attacked Germans in the Bordeaux area. The Americans crossed the Elbe south of Dessau.

13/4/1945. Friday (-25) Vienna was capturedby Soviet troops from the Germans.

12/4/1945. Thursday (-26) (1) The Scottish Nationalists won their first by-election, gaining a seat from Labour at Motherwell. However Labour regained the seat at the General Election a few months later.

(2) Franklin D Roosevelt, 32nd President from 1933, Democrat, died, aged 63, having suffered a massive stroke that day at Warm Springs, Georgia.. He was succeeded by Vice President Harry S Truman, as 33rd President of the USA.

11/4/1945, Wednesday (-27) Buchenwald concentration camp, near Weimar, was liberated by US forces. On the Western Front, the Allies reached the Elbe, 60 miles from Berlin.

10/4/1945, Tuesday (-28) Hanover taken by US forces. The Nordhausen underground V2 assembly plant was overrun by US forces.

9/4/1945, Monday (-29) (1) Konigsberg, capital of east Prussia, taken by the Russians.

(2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian involved with anti-Hitler conspirators, was hanged in Flossenburg concentration camp.

8/4/1945, Sunday (-30) Cebu City fell to the Allies.

7/4/1945, Saturday (-31) Germany sent out 120 student pilots to face 1,000 American bomber planes with the objective of ramming their planes into the U.S. aircraft and then parachuting to safety. Only a few of the pilots managed to hit the bombers and three-quarters of the Luftwaffe pilots were shot down.

6/4/1945, Friday (-32) Allied forces began Operation Grapeshot, a renewed Spring offensive in Italy.

5/4/1945, Thursday (-33) British forces reached Minden.

4/4/1945, Wednesday (-34) Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, captured by Soviet forces. The last Wermacht forces evacuated Hungary. French forces entered Karlsruhe.

3/4/1945, Tuesday (-35) Hamm and Cassel captured by US forces.

2/4/1945, Monday (-36) The Soviet Army began an offensive to take Vienna.

1/4/1945, Sunday (-37) Easter Sunday (1) German forces in the Ruhr area trapped, and 21 German divisions destroyed.

(2) The Battle of Okinawa began as US troops landed on the island. US victory came 83 days later.

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31/3/1945, Saturday (-38) In the last days of war, Berlin maintained a surreal normality. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra continued recitals until now. Telephones functioned, the underground railway ran, and post continued to be delivered right up to the last few days of the war. Berlin workers still picked their way through rubble filled streets to work, often in offices whose windows had all been blown out.

30/3/1945. Friday (-39) The Russians took Danzig (Gdansk), Poland, also the town of Ratibor in Silesia.The Poles renamed the city Gdansk,from Danzig, expelled the Germans, and linked the city administratively with the neighbouring port of Gdynia, built on Polish territory in the 1920s.

29/3/1945, Thursday (-40) (1) Mannheim captured by US forces.

(2) Soviet troops entered Austria.

28/3/1945, Wednesday (-41) Gdynia captured by the Russians. Last air raid warning siren sounded in London.

27/3/1945. Tuesday (-42) The last German V-2 rocket fell on Britain, at Orpington. (see 8/9/1944).The Allies then overran the last V-2 launching site. In all, 1,050 rockets fell on England, each carrying a ton of explosive with a range of 200 miles. 518 of these V2s hit London, killing 2,754 people and seriously injuring a further 6,523. The V-2s were designed by Werner von Braun, who surrendered to the Americans in 1945.Von Braun was given US citizenship and helped design the rockets for the US space programme, including the Saturn rockets and the Apollo missions.

26/3/1945. Monday (-43) David Lloyd George, British Liberal Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922, died in Llanystundwy, near Criccieth, north Wales, aged 82.

25/3/1945, Sunday (-44) The US Army broke out of the bridgehead at Remagen and advanced 6 miles east (see 7/3/1945). After their failure to destroy the bridge, Germany sent the Luftwaffe to bomb it; 5 out of 20 Luftwaffe aircraft were lost, the bridge was successfully destroyed, but the Americans, holding both river banks, had laid temporary bridges alongside.

24/3/1945, Saturday (-45) Darmstadt captured by US forces.

23/3/1945. Friday (-46) The US 2nd Army crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim. By 20/4/1945 British troops had advanced 200 miles into Germany.

22/3/1945, Thursday (-47) (1) Soviet forces broke the Danzig / Gdynia defence perimeter.

(2) The Arab League was formed.The treaty was signed in Cairo this day, with Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen as members.The League was intended to promote inter-Arab cultural, technical, and economic links, and to minimise conflict between Arab states, but it remained a loose association with no central authority. In 1979 the headquarters of the Arab league was moved from Cairo to Tunis, after Egypt was suspended for signing a peace treaty with Israel. It returned to Cairo in 1992.

21/3/1945, Wednesday (-48) Ludwigshaven entered by US forces.

20/3/1945. Tuesday (-49) Mandalay was recaptured from the Japanese.

19/3/1945, Monday (-50) Worms and Saarbrucken captured by US forces. Hitler issued an order to destroy all German industrial infrastructure, so the invading Allies would find nothing of value, but this order was ignored.

18/3/1945, Sunday (-51) Major air raid on Berlin.

17/3/1945. Saturday (-52) Coblenz captured by the Americans, and Brandenburg, East Prussia, captured by the Russians.

16/3/1945, Friday (-53) Iwo Jima was totally occupied by US forces; 4,590 US soldiers were killed, out of a force of 30,000 attacking 23,000 Japanese who were heavily dug in with underground bunkers. See 19/2/1945. Iwo Jima, just 750 miles from Tokyo, could now be used as a base to bomb some 66 Japanese cities in an attempt to force a Japanese surrender.

15/3/1945, Thursday (-54) The Soviet Army launched the Upper Silesian offensive.

14/3/1945, Wednesday (-55) First use of ten-ton bombs by the RAF. The �Grand Slam�, 22,000 lbs, was dropped on Bielefeld railway viaduct.

13/3/1945, Tuesday (-56) The Battle of Kiauneliskis, Lithuania.

12/3/1945. Monday (-57) The young Jewish diarist Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

11/3/1945. Sunday (-58) (1) The huge Krupps factory in Germany was destroyed when 1,000 allied bombers took part in the biggest ever daylight raid.

(2) Cambodia declared its independence.

(3) Essen taken by US forces.

10/3/1945. Saturday (-59) Tran Kim declared Vietnam independent.

9/3/1945, Friday (-60) A night of major firebombing of Tokyo began. Around 100,000 died, mostly the elderly, women and children; men were away fighting a war that Japan was by then losing badly.

8/3/1945, Thursday (-61) Canadian forces took Xanten, Germany.

7/3/1945. Wednesday (-62) Cologne fell to the Allies. Allied troops crossed the Rhine by the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. The Germans had intended to destroy this bridge like all others on the Rhine, as German resistance west of the Rhine had been crushed; however the explosive charges failed to detonate and US forces found the bridge intact and defended only by a few engineers and teenagers from the Volkssturm Stalin became alarmed that the western Allies crossing of the Rhine so quickly meant the Americans would take Berlin, not the Russians. Stalin wanted the Nazi stores of uranium and above all their A-bomb expertise, located in a research facility in the south western Berlin suburb of Dahlem. However the US was concentrating on southern Germany.

6/3/1945, Tuesday (-63) German forces launched Operation Spring Awakening, their last offensive of the war. This was in Hungary, near Lake Balaton, and was aimed at securing some of the last oil supplies still available to the Germans, the Nagyakanisza oilfield. Troops from the failed Ardennes offensive were utilised. However by mid-March the operation had failed and the Germans were being pushed back by overwhelming Soviet strength. Also on this day the Soviets began arresting and executing any members of the Polish Home Army of Polish Government in Exile they could find.

5/3/1945. Monday (-64) The British captured the Japanese base of Meiktilla in Burma, cutting Japanese-occupied Burma in two.

4/3/1945, Sunday (-65) (Germany) Finland declared war on Nazi Germany.

3/3/1945, Saturday (-66) (Germany) Germany deployed 30 of its latest jet fighters against the Allies. The jets were individually superior to the Allied planes, but were too few in number, with too short an operational time, to significantly hamper allied operations.

2/3/1945, Friday (-67) (1) Trier and Krefeld captured by US forces.

(2) The British 14th army entered Mandalay, Burma.

(3) At Soviet insistence, Petru Groza was appointed Prime Minister of Romania and formed a pro-Soviet government.

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28/2/1945, Wednesday (-69) Bubba Smith, footballer, was born

27/2/1945, Tuesday (-70)

25/2/1945, Sunday (-72) (Japan) Tokyowas devastated by a firestorm in a raid by 172 B-29 bombers.

24/2/1945, Saturday (-73) Egypt declared war on Germany, largely to secure a place in the post-War United Nations. The announcement of war was made to the Egyptian Parliament by Ahmed Maher; as Maher left the Parliament he was assassinated, probably by the Muslim Brotherhood.

23/2/1945, Friday (-74) Turkey, reluctantly, declared war on Germany � only because the Allies had announced that only those nations who did so would be invited to take part in the United Nations Conference at San Francisco.

22/2/1945, Thursday (-75) (Germany) Poznan, on the Berlin to Warsaw road, fell to the 1st Belorussian Front after a pocket of German soldiers there had been surrounded but held out.

21/2/1945, Wednesday (-76) (Japan) Japanese kamikaze airstrikes sank the US aircraft carrier Bismarck Sea and damaged the Saratoga.

20/2/1945, Tuesday (-77) (Japan) US marines captured the first airfield on Mindanao.

19/2/1945, Monday (-78) US forces began the invasion of Iwo Jima, see 16/3/1945.

18/2/1945, Sunday (-79) Judy Rankin, US golfer, was born.

17/2/1945, Saturday (-80) (Japan) Indian forces broke out of the bridgehead of Nyaungu against Japanese forces towards Mektila.

16/2/1945, Friday (-81) (1) US Air Force began heavy raids on Tokyo.

(2) The US took Bataan, Philippines.

15/2/1945, Thursday (-82) British troops reached the Rhine.

14/2/1945, Wednesday (-83) U.S. Army Air Forces bombed Prague. 701 people were killed and about 100 houses and historical sites were destroyed in what was attributed to a navigation mistake.

13/2/1945, Tuesday (-84) (1) Allied bombers devastated the German city of Dresden. Many civilians had moved to the cultural city of Dresden, and its population in 1945 was over 1,000,000. There were up to 400,000 casualties, including 130,000 civilian deaths. Dresden was famous for its 17th and 18th century architecture, but was also an industrial centre and was a key communications centre for the German armies on the Eastern Front. 1,400 RAF fighters and 450 US planes bombed Dresden over a 14 hour period.

(2) Soviet forces took Budapest.

(3) Soviet forces took Sommerfeld, just 80 miles from Berlin.

12/2/1945, Monday (-85) The Treaty of Varkiza was signed. The Greek resistance agreed to disarm and relinquish control of all the territory it occupied in exchange for legal recognition, free elections, and the removal of Nazi collaborators from the armed forces and police.

11/2/1945, Sunday (-86) The Yalta Conference ended. See 4/2/1945.

10/2/1945, Saturday (-87) Juan de Hernandez, composer, died aged 63.

9/2/1945, Friday (-88) (Germany) 2,000 US Air Force bombers, escorted by 900 fighter aircraft, hit oil targets across Germany. By now the entire Western Luftwaffe�s fighter strength was only around 900 aircraft; this US offensive cost the Luftwaffe a further 80 aircraft.

8/2/1945, Thursday (-89) British and Canadian troops broke through the northern, weaker, section of the Seigfried Line near Millingen.

7/2/1945, Wednesday (-90) (Germany) All gains made by Germany in the Ardennes Offensive had now been erased, with the loss of 82,000 German soldiers and 77,000 US casualties.

6/2/1945, Tuesday (-91) (Germany) The US 8th Air Force bombed Magdeburg and Chemnitz.

5/2/1945, Monday (-92) (Germany) Soviet forces crossed the River Oder, and pushed deeper into Germany.

4/2/1945. Sunday (-93) (1) The Yalta Conference between the Allied leaders Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill opened in the Crimea. This conference concluded on 11/2/1945. Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin all had very different aims. Roosevelt wanted to disengage US troops from Europe to defeat Japan. Stalin wanted to extend Soviet influence as far west into Europe as possible. Stalin got to occupy eastern Poland, as agreed in Tehran on 28/11/1943. Churchill wanted to build a democracy from the ruins of Germany. The ailing Roosevelt trusted Stalin�s assurance that he would work to build a �peaceful and democratic world�. The West insisted that Greece be given a western-style democracy, but otherwise all of eastern Europe fell under the Soviet sphere. Stalin also gained Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands in return for a war effort against Japan that was never made. Yalta set the world order for the next 45 years.

(2) Belgium liberated of German forces.

3/2/1945. Saturday (-94) The US recaptured Manila, which had fallen to the Japanese on 2/1/1942. Manila was not totally cleared of Japanese soldiers till 24/2/1945.

2/2/1945, Friday (-95) (1) (See 28/10/1944) Under Soviet occupation, the Bulgarian authorities began to try and execute various �war criminals� including Prince Cyril, former government ministers, and businessmen.Further trials and executions continued till June 1945, when the legal process was declared complete.

(2) The French took Colmar.

1/2/1945, Thursday (-96) US forces reached the Seigfried Line, see 8/2/1945.

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31/1/1945. Wednesday (-97) (1) Food rations had shrunk considerably for urban Germans. The meat ration, 400g per week in 1941, fell to 362 g / week in 1944 and was just 156g / week by February 1945. The fat ration, 269g / week in June 1941, fell to156g / week in January 1945. Potatoes were still available but there was little to go with them. The bread ration stayed the same until April 1945.

(2) Soviet troops crossed the River Oder into the province of Brandenburg, north of Frankfurt, 40 miles from Berlin.

30/1/1945, Tuesday (-98) Adolf Hitler made his very last radio broadcast to Germany, marking 12 years of Nazi rule.

29/1/1945, Monday (-99) The Soviet 3rd Belorussian Front advanced into the city of Konigsberg.

28/1/1945, Sunday (-100) Soviet forces invaded Pomerania.

27/1/1945. Saturday (-101) (1) The Red Army captured Auschwitz. They found 8,000 prisoners remaining there; a further 80,000 had been forced to leave on a death march. However, of the 1.3 million who had entered Auschwitz during World war Two, 1.1 million died there; 6,000 a day were murdered there. The Red Army now captured Silesia, and the loss of the mines and factories there was a severe blow to Nazi war production.

(2) Russian forces captured Memel, liberating all of Lithuania.

26/1/1945, Friday (-102) German troops from the Battle of the Bulge now forced back to the German frontier.

25/1/1945, Thursday (-103) The Battle of the Bulge ended in Allied victory.

24/1/1945, Wednesday (-104) Gleiwicz in Silesia taken by the Russians, as was the key fortress of Lotzen in East Prussia. The Russians were now close to Konigsberg, capital of East Prussia.

23/1/1945, Tuesday (-105) Bromberg taken by the Russians.

22/1/1945, Monday (-106) Allenstein taken by the Russians.

21/1/1945, Sunday (-107) Russia and Hungary signed an armistice. Hungarian borders were returned to their position at 31/12/1937, renouncing the Vienna Awards.

20/1/1945, Saturday (-108) The German evacuation of East Prussia began. The 4th Ukrainian Front advancing through Slovakia took Presov.

19/1/1945, Friday (-109) Russian troops took Tilsit. They were now on the pre-War frontier of Germany.

18/1/1945, Thursday (-110) Soviet troops took Lodz.

17/1/1945, Wednesday (-111) Soviet and Polish troops captured Warsaw. Only 162,000 citizens remained, compared to a pre-war population of 1,310,000.See 14/9/1945.

16/1/1945, Tuesday (-112) Hitler left his office in the Reich Chancellery, Berlin, for the last time, and descended to his bunker, 15 metres underground. By now most of Berlin�s buildings had been destroyed by Allied bombing.

15/1/1945, Monday (-113) Soviet forces captured Cracow from Germany.

14/1/1945, Sunday (-114) Radom in central Poland taken by the Russians.

13/1/1945. Saturday (-115) Budapest was completely in Soviet hands. Hungary, Nazi Germany�s last ally in the Balkans, was now siding openly with Russia.

12/1/1945, Friday (-116) 5.am, Moscow time, Konev�s 1st Ukrainian Front began an offensive against Nazi forces from the Sandomierz bridgehead, north east of Cracow.

11/1/1945, Thursday (-117) The British escort carrier HMS Thane was torpedoed in the Irish Sea and declared a total loss.

10/1/1945, Wednesday (-118) Rod Stewart, British rock singer, was born in London.

9/1/1945. Tuesday (-119) Luzon in the Philippines was taken by the US from the Japanese. General Guderian warned Hitler that the eastern front was like a house of cards, ready to collapse at any time; Hitler dismissed reports of superior Russian military strength as �the greatest bluff since Genghis Khan�. In fact, the Soviets possessed a 5:1 advantage in manpower, a 7:1 advantage in artillery, and a 17:1 advantage in aircraft.

8/1/1945, Monday (-120) A general election in Egypt, boycotted by the Wafd Nationalists, was won by Ahmed Pasha.

7/1/1945, Sunday (-121) Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya (2008-2013),was born in Maseno, Kenya

6/1/1945, Saturday (-122) The Battle of the Bulge ended as German forces under Gerd von Rundstedt and Hasso von Manteuffel in the Ardennes were forced back by Allied forces under US General George Patton. See 16/12/1944. Hitler, to the despair of his Generals, started fantasising of a great offensive in the Alsace-Lorraine area, seemingly oblivious of the Russians advancing to the east.

5/1/1945, Friday (-123) Roger Spottiswoode, film director, was born in Ottawa, Canada

4/1/1945, Thursday (-124) Severe Kamikaze attacks on US ships.

3/1/1945, Wednesday (-125) The Dies Committee (see 26/5/1938), formed to monitor activities by Nazis and Communists within the USA, was given permanent status as the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC)

2/1/1945, Tuesday (-126) Allied air raid on Nuremberg.

1/1/1945, Monday (-127) Mindoro Island, Philippines, taken by US forces.

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31/12/1944, Sunday (-128) Rochefort retaken by the Allies.

30/12/1944, Saturday (-129)

28/12/1944, Thursday (-131) Hungary renounced all treaties with the Third Reich and declared war on Germany.

27/12/1944, Wednesday (-132) The Soviet Army began to besiege Nazi forces in Budapest.See 13/1/1945.

26/12/1944, Tuesday (-133) The US Army completed operations, begun 17/12/1944, to move 2.8 million gallons of motor fuel away from the Ardennes, so that German troops in this offensive would not capture the fuel supplies they needed to continue the Battle of the Bulge successfully and reach Antwerp. The German military was desperately short of fuel and needed to capture more in order to continue their initiative,

25/12/1944, Monday, (-134) (Germany) The Germans reached their furthest point of advance in the Ardennes Offensive. They had reached Dinant, 97 km from the start point. This day alone the Germans lost over 3,500 men and 400 vehicles, including 81 tanks.

24/12/1944, Sunday (-133) (Germany) In reprisal for an attack by the French Resistance, German SS units massacred all adult males in the village of Bande.

23/12/1944, Saturday (-136) (Germany) The heavy overcast weather in the Ardennes area cleared, allowing Allied aircraft to attack the Germans.

22/12/1944, Friday (-137) An American unit was surrounded at Bastogne by the German advance in the Battle of the Bulge.The unit held out until relieved on 26/12/1944. Inside Bastogne, General Anthony C McAuliffe received a message from the besieging Germans inviting him to surrender; his reply, scrawled on the surrender invite, was one word-�NUTS�.

21/12/1944, Thursday (-138) The Soviet Army, having entered Hungarianterritory in early September 1944, set up a provisional government in Debrecen.

20/12/1944, Wednesday (-139) (Greece) British troops rescued 350 military personnel from Greek ELAS Communist fighters at Kifissia, near Athens. Since Greece was liberated from the Nazis, there had been a vicious power struggle between Communist and Nationalist factions.

19/12/1944, Tuesday (-140) The French newspaper Le Monde began publication in Paris.

18/12/1944, Monday (-141) (Greece) British troops in Greece began an offensive against ELAS rebels

17/12/1944, Sunday (-142) (Germany) Soldiers of the 6th SS Panzer Army massacred 87 US PoWs at Malmedy, under the orders of Colonel Joachim Pieper. This had the effect of stiffening Allied resolve against the Ardennes Offensive.

16/12/1944. Saturday (-143) Germany began the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes. 15 German divisions, 250,000 men and 950 tanks, under General von Rundstedt confronted 83,000 Americans with 420 tanks, and advanced 60 miles before they were halted. The German Army was desperately short of fuel, and were hoping to capture the fuel they needed from Allied dumps as they advanced. This was their last offensive of the war. Germany had conjured up a large fighting force from sources such as back administration offices and prisons. See 6/1/1945. The sleet and low cloud that protected them from Allied air attacks soon cleared.

15/12/1944, Friday (-144) (Japan) A US task force landed on Mindoro, a small island off south Luzon. By end-January 1945 the island was cleared of Japanese forces, providing useful airfields for the US campaign in the Philippines.

14/12/1944, Thursday (-145) A total prohibition on citizen use of electricity was introduced to North and South Holland.

13/12/1944, Wednesday (-146) For London, a series of concentric ring roads and green belts were proposed. Two of these correspond to the North Circular and M.25.

12/12/1944, Tuesday (-147) The US Third Army captured the V-rocket factory at Wittring in eastern France.

11/12/1944, Monday (-148) Brenda Lee, US singer, was born in Lithonia, Georgia.

10/12/1944, Sunday (-149) De Gaulle and Stalin signed a treaty of alliance.

9/12/1944, Saturday (-150) The Danube north of Budapest was reached by the Russians.

8/12/1944, Friday (-151) (Japan) The US began a massive bombardment of Iwo Jima, which lasted 72 days, in preparation for an amphibious invasion.

7/12/1944, Thursday (-152) (Romania) General Radescu formed a Romanian government.

6/12/1944, Wednesday (-153) 20 million Germans were homeless after Allied bombing.

5/12/1944, Tuesday (-154) The 3rd Ukrainian Front of the Soviet Army captured Szigetv�r and Vukovar.

4/12/1944, Monday (-155) German bridgehead west of the Maas taken by the British.

3/12/1944, Sunday (-156) The Home Guard was formally disbanded in London as King George VI witnessed its final parade. Britons were jubilant that this symbolised imminent victory in the War. The Black-Out was replaced by the Dim-Out as the Luftwaffe was no longer a credible threat. However British strikes rose, particularly in the coal mines. Coal miners pay was relatively low compared to other occupations, and conditions were poor.

2/12/1944, Saturday (-157) Ibrahim Rugova, president of Kosovo, was born.

1/12/1944, Friday (-158) The U.S. Ninth Army captured Linnich.

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30/11/1944, Thursday (-159) HMS Vanguard, Britain�s largest and last battleship, was launched at Clydebank � see 20/10/1941.

29/11/1944. Wednesday (-160) Russian troops crossed the Danube, in Hungary.

28/11/1944, Tuesday (-161) Antwerp reopened to port traffic.

27/11/1944, Monday (-162) (1) Between 3,500 and 4,000 tons of high explosives went off in a cavern beneath Staffordshire, killing 68 people. The explosion was heard as far away as Geneva. The former gypsum mine at Hanbury was used by the RAF to defuse bombs that had failed to drop from planes raiding Germany. Against strict rules, an operative used a steel screwdriver, causing a spark.

(2) The crematoria at Auschwitz were blown up.

26/11/1944, Sunday (-163) Heinrich Himmler ordered the destruction of the crematoria at Auschwitz concentration camp to eliminate evidence of the mass killings there.

25/11/1944, Saturday (-164) The first Kamikaze (divine wind) suicidal attacks were made by Japanese pilots on US ships.

24/11/1944, Friday (-165) (1) US planes bombed Tokyo, for the first time since 18/4/1942.

(2) Strasbourg taken by Allied forces.

23/11/1944, Thursday (-166) U.S. troops liberated the Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp in France.

22/11/1944, Wednesday (-167) Mulhouse and Metz retaken by Allied forces.

21/11/1944, Tuesday (-168) The Moscow Conference ended.

20/11/1944, Monday (-169) (1) Belfort taken by the French.

(2) After five years of black-out, the lights were switched on again in Piccadilly, Strand, and Fleet Street.

19/11/1944, Sunday (-170) The Shinano, the largest Japanese aircraft carrier ever built, was formally commissioned. Thought capable of withstanding any bomb, she was sunk ten days later by the US submarine Archerfish, with four torpedo hits, with the loss of 1,435 lives. A further 1,000 sailors were rescued.

18/11/1944, Saturday (-171) The Popular Socialist Youth organization was founded in Cuba.

17/11/1944, Friday (-172) Tirana, capital of Albania, was recovered from German occupation.

15/11/1944, Wednesday (-174)

13/11/1944. Monday (-176) (Britain) Croydon aerodrome, London, resumed civilian flights. The first flight was to Belfast via Liverpool.

12/11/1944. Sunday (-177) The last big German battleship, the Tirpitz, was sunk by the Lancaster bombers from the RAF, in Tromso Fjord, Norway. She had been lurking in Norwegian waters for several years, diverting Allied resources to protect Atlantic convoys. Three 5,500 kg bombs dropped on her decks resulted in the battleship turning turtle and sinking, trapping some 1,000 crewmen. A squadron of German fighter planes assigned to protect the Tirpitz did not even take off.

11/11/1944, Saturday (-178) Iwo Jima was bombarded by the U.S. Navy.

10/11/1944, Friday (-179) Allied troops took Forli, Italy.

9/11/1944, Thursday (-180) The Moscow Conference began.

8/11/1944, Wednesday (-181) Joseph Goebbels announced the V-2 rocket campaign for the first time. Winston Churchill followed suit and finally announced that England had been under rocket attack, providing the people of London with an explanation for all the mysterious explosions of recent weeks.

7/11/1944, Tuesday (-182) (1) Middleburg, Holland, captured by the Allies.

(2) President Franklin Delano Roosevelt won an unprecedented fourth term in the USA.

6/11/1944, Monday (-183) Monastir liberated by Yugoslav forces.

5/11/1944. Sunday (-184) The Japanese cruiser Nachi was sunk in Manila Bay by U.S. aircraft.

4/11/1944, Saturday (-185) RAF Bomber Command sent 749 aircraft to conduct the last major raid on Bochum. Over 4,000 buildings were destroyed and nearly 1,000 people were killed.

3/11/1944, Friday (-186) Flushing captured by the British. Canadian troops captured two bridges from South Beveland onto Walcheren.

2/11/1944, Thursday (-187) Belgium was clear of German troops. The Germans re-entered Belgium on 16/12/1944, and were finally expelled on 4/2/1945.

1/11/1944, Wednesday (-188) British troops landed on Walcheren Island. Walcheren commended the approaches to Antwerp, which had been captured by the Allies on 1/9/1944; however until Walcheren was cleared of German forces, Antwerp Harbour was unusable. It took five weeks to capture the Walcheren fortifications, at a cost of 12,873 Allied lives. Before Walcheren fell, opening up Antwerp, Allied forces in Belgium had to be supplied from the Normandy beaches, because every Channel port from Cherbourg to Ostend had been wrecked by Allied bombing or by German demolition squads.

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31/10/1944, Tuesday (-189) British forces reached the River Maas.

30/10/1944, Monday (-190) Soviet forces attacked Budapest, but the Germans held it until February 1945.

29/10/1944, Sunday (-191) (Judaism) The first Jewish religious service was broadcast from Allied-occupied Aachen, Germany.

28/10/1944. Saturday (-192) General De Gaulle ordered the French Resistance to disarm.

27/10/1944, Friday (-193) The Japanese fleet suffered a crushing defeat in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, effectively ending its role as a fighting force.This was the world�s largest naval battle, which began on 22/10/1944, involving a total of 231 ships and 1996 aircraft.

26/10/1944, Thursday (-194) British troops crossed the River Scheldt and occupied the Beveland peninsula.

25/10/1944, Wednesday (-195) US escort carrier St Lo became the first ship sunk by a Japanese kamikaze attack.

24/10/1944, Tuesday (-196) The Riga Offensive ended in Soviet victory.

23/10/1944, Monday (-197) De Gaulle was officially recognised by the Allies as French leader.However De Gaulle was offended by the Allies refusal to treat France as a Great Power, or to invite him to the Yalta or Potsdam Conferences alongside the USA, UK, and USSR.

22/10/1944, Sunday (-198) Russian troops in Finland reached the Norwegian border.

21/10/1944, Saturday (-199) Aachen was captured by the Allies. The battle for the city, the first major German city to fall to the Allies, lasted a week, and over 10,000 prisoners were taken. Much of the city was destroyed.

20/10/1944. Friday (-200) (1) Tito�s partisans and the Red Army took Belgrade. It had been taken by Germany on 13/4/1941.

(2) General Mac Arthur returned to the Philippines with 250,000 troops, fulfilling a promise he made when his forces retreated from the Japanese.

19/10/1944, Thursday (-201) Churchill returned home after talks with Stalin.

18/10/1944. Wednesday (-202) The Russian army entered East Prussia and Czechoslovakia.

17/10/1944, Tuesday (-203) Rival partisans in Athens began to fight each other.

16/10/1944, Monday (-204) Aachen was surrounded by US forces.

15/10/1944, Sunday (-205) Sali Berisha, President of Albania, was born.

14/10/1944, Saturday (-206) Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, 53, Commander of the Afrika Corps 1941-43, took his own life by swallowing poison rather than be executed for an attempt on Hitler�s life. Hitler had promised him a hero�s funeral if he committed suicide. Otherwise Rommel would face the notorious Nazi judge, Roland Freisler, who had already condemned the other conspirators against Hitler to slow hanging by piano wire. The official cause of Rommel�s death was given as heart failure.

13/10/1944, Friday (-207) Athens was liberated from the Germans, who occupied it on 27/4/1941.

12/10/1944. Thursday (-208) Angela Rippon, British TV presenter, was born in Plymouth.

11/10/1944, Wednesday (-209) Cluj, capital of Transylvania, recaptured by the Russians.

10/10/1944, Tuesday (-210) Ramon Grau took office as President of Cuba.

9- 19/10/1944, Churchill travelled to Moscow for talks with Stalin.

9/10/1944, Monday (-211) Canadian and British forces landed behind German lines south of the Scheldt Estuary. Russian forces reached the Baltic coast near Libau.

8/10/1944, Sunday (-212) In Egypt, King Farouk dismissed the Wafd Government of Nahas Pasha.

7/10/1944, Saturday (-213) The Dumbarton Oaks Conference ended.

6/10/1944, Friday (-214) Soviet troops entered Hungary.

5/10/1944, Thursday (-215) In Germany, Joseph Goebbels announced a reduction in food rations.

4/10/1944, Wednesday (-216) Allied troops landed on the Greek mainland, at Patras.

3/10/1944, Tuesday (-217) The insurgents in the Warsaw Uprising surrendered to German forces.

2/10/1944. Monday (-218) British troops landed on Crete.

1/10/1944, Sunday (-219) The German war economy was hopelessly disorganised. In September 1944 German factories produced 3,000 fighter planes, but aviation fuel production was only 10,000 tons, as against Luftwaffe consumption of 165,000 tons in April 1944. These new planes sat on the runway with empty fuel tanks and vacant cockpits, as pilot training had virtually ceased.

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30/9/1944. Saturday (-220) Canadian forces captured Calais.

29/9/1944, Friday (-219) The Battle of Arracourt ended in American victory.

28/9/1944, Thursday (-222) Soviet, Yugoslav Partisan and Bulgarian forces began the Belgrade Offensive.

27/9/1944, Wednesday (-223) Soviet troops and Yugoslav Partisans crossed the border into Albania.

26/9/1944, Tuesday (-224) The Canadian 2nd Army captured the German guns on Cap Gris Nez; the Allies now had total control of The Channel.

25/9/1944, Monday (-225) (1) The Allied forces who had been parachuted into Arnhem (17/9/1944) had succeeded in capturing key bridges over the Rhine, Maas and Waal rivers but had met fierce resistance from the 9th and 10th German Panzer Divisions. This resistance forced the withdrawal of Allied troops from Arnhem to south of the Rhine.

(2) Hitler called up all remaining males aged between 16 and 60 for the Volksturm, a home defence force.

24/9/1944, Sunday (-226) The second Quebec Conference ended (began 13/9/1944), see 24/8/1943.It was concerned with shifting the war effort to the Pacific to finish off the Japanese, also how best to advance into Germany (the Morgenthau Plan), and operations in The Philippines.

23/9/1944, Saturday (-227) Soviet forces entered Hungary,

22/9/1944, Friday (-228) (1) Boulogne surrendered to Canadian forces. Rimini captured by Allied forces.

(2) The Russians captured Tallinn, capital of Estonia. This blocked the final seaborne escape route for German Army Group North.

(3) In Britain details of demobilisation were released to the public. Class B �demob� covered builders and others with skills greatly needed for post-war reconstruction; these had priority of demob, but could be recalled to the military if they entered another trade. Class A covered everyone else. They would be released from military service on a scheme that equated years of age to years of military service at 6:1. This meant a 40 year old with 1 year�s military service had the same demob priority as a 22 year old with 3 year�s military service. The first demobilisations in the UK were on 18/6/1945.

21/9/1944, Thursday (-229) (Germany) San Marino declared war on Germany.

20/9/1944, Wednesday (-230) British forces reached The Rhine at Nijmegen.

19/9/1944, Tuesday (-231) (1) Brest taken by US forces.

(2) Finland agreed to the peace terms demanded by Russia (see 20/6/1944), except that the indemnity was halved to US$300million.

18/9/1944, Monday (-232) The Battle of Arracourt began near the French town of Arracourt.

17/9/1944. Sunday (-233) The British airborne invasion of Arnhem and Nijmegen, Holland, began as part of Operation Market Garden, to secure a bridge over the Rhine.However a hard winter for Holland began as German forces in the north of the country resisted Allied attacks under Field Marshal Model.Food became scarce and could only be bought by barter on the black market.Money had no value and the rations system collapsed. In Britain the blackout was replaced by the dimout, except for all areas within 5 miles of the coast where the blackout remained in force.

16/9/1944, Saturday (-234) The Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front occupied the Bulgarian capital of Sofia.

15/9/1944, Friday (-235) In London, the Benelux Organisation was formed.

14/9/1944, Thursday (-236) (1) Russian forces took Praga, on the right bank of the River Vistula, opposite Warsaw.An anti-Nazi uprising by Poles had begun in Warsaw on 1/8/1944.However the Russian forces did not immediately cross the Vistula to Warsaw, but held back whilst the Nazis put down the Polish rebellion and razed the city.Warsaw was only taken by the Russians on 17/1/1945.

(2) Patton�s Third Army took Nancy in France.

13/9/1944. Wednesday (-237) (1) William Heath Robinson, the English artist famous for his drawings of excessively complicated machinery cobbled together, died.

(2) The Maastricht area was captured by Allied forces.

12/9/1944, Tuesday (-238) Le Havre captured by the British.

11/9/1944. Monday (-239) The Allies in the west under US First Army General Omar Bradley took their troops onto German soil, north of Trier. Large numbers of German troops were deserting. Civilian morale in Aachen collapsed as Nazi SS officials, troops and police hurriedly left the German city for Cologne, as US troops drew close

10/9/1944, Sunday (-240) RAF Bomber Command began Operation Paravane, another attack on the German battleship Tirpitz anchored in northern Norway.

9/9/1944, Saturday (-241) The Russians captured Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.

8/9/1944, Friday (-242) (1) Liege taken by US forces.

(2) The first V-2 fell in on Chiswick in the London area, killing three people. By the end of the war, 1,100 V-2s fell in England an a further 1,675 on the continent, mainly on Antwerp.V-2 stood for Vergeltungswaffe, or �reprisal weapon�. The V-2 rocket weighed 12 tons and travelled at 3,600 mph, faster than sound, so there was no warning of its imminent arrival. It had a range of 200 miles and carried a one ton bomb. The Germans fired them from launchers in The Netherlands, but the explosions in London were attributed, by the authorities, to gas explosions to mislead the German intelligence. The earlier V-1 rocket was slower and had a shorter range; V-1 strikes on London ceased as the Allies captured the launch sites in France.

7/9/1944, Thursday (-243) Hungary declared war on Romania and crossed into southern Transylvania

6/9/1944. Wednesday (-244) (1) Bulgaria declared war on Germany.Bulgaria had wanted to become neutral but Russia found this �insufficient� and threatened to declare war on Bulgaria.Bulgaria therefore declared war on Germany and Russian troops marched into Bulgaria unopposed�� On 28/10/1944 Bulgaria signed an armistice with the Allies and the Bulgarian Army, under Soviet command, attacked German forces in Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Austria.See 2/2/1945.

(2) The Polish Committee for National Liberation decreed the expropriation of farms with over 50 Ha (123.5 acres) arable land, or more than 100 ha (247 acres) land overall. Some of this land was given to agricultural labourers; the rest was made into state farms, and the forests were nationalised.

5/9/1944, Tuesday (-245) German and Dutch Nazis began to flee Holland, as Allied forces advanced through Belgium.

4/9/1944. Monday (-246) The Allies crossed into Holland. Antwerp was liberated.

3/9/1944. Sunday (-247) (1) The Allies entered Belgium, and liberated Brussels. The Belgian resistance was then well trained and armed, and German plans to destroy the docks at Antwerp as they retreated were thwarted. Thus the Allies could use this port to land ammunition and troops during the remaining eight months of fighting. Lyons also liberated by the Allies.

(2) Anne Frank and her family were transported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland, see 14/6/1943.

2/9/1944 Saturday (-248) Allied forces took Pisa.

1/9/1944, Friday (-249) Dieppe taken by the Canadians. British forces, helped by the Belgian Resistance, took Antwerp; see 1/11/1944.

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31/8/1944. Thursday (-250) Russian and Romanian forces captured the Ploesti oilfields, which had supplied Germany with one third of its military oil. Allied troops reached Amiens, northern France. Meanwhile Hitler declared that the political differences between the Allies would result in the collapse of their efforts against Germany (see 19/8/1944).

30/8/1944, Wednesday (-251) Rouen taken by the Canadians. Soviet forces took Bucharest. German forces, putting up little resistance to the Allied advance in France, were retreating across the Seine; they were flooding the lower reaches of the Somme to delay the Allied advance there.

29/8/1944, Tuesday (-252) Constanza taken by Russia.

28/8/1944, Monday (-253) Marseilles and Toulon fell to the Allies.

27/8/1944. Sunday (-254) Polish and Russian officials showed the news media the Maidenek concentration camp.

26/8/1944, Saturday (-255) The Battle of Toulon ended in Allied victory.

25/8/1944. Friday (-256) (1) Germans in Paris surrendered. The Nazi commander, General von Cholitz, ignored Hitler�s instructions to destroy the city. The USA had held back to allow the French under General LeClerc to retake Paris, led by General De Gaulle.Paris had been under German occupation since 14/6/1940.

(2) Finland was forced to sue the USSR for peace (see 12/3/1940) under pressure from the Soviet Army.Finland gave up territory gained from the USSR since 1940, and also ceded the Petsamo region, with the Arctic port at Porkkala; this gave the USSR a common border with Norway.

24/8/1944, Thursday (-257) Canadian forces captured Bernay and crossed the Risle River at Nassandres

23/8/1944. Wednesday (-258) (Germany, Romania) Following a coup d�etat in Bucharest, in which pro-Nazi dictator General Ion Antonescu was overthrown (born 1882, acceded 1940), Romania changed sides and declared war on Germany and Soviet troops entered Rumania as allies. Germans had entered Bucharest as allies in September 1940, after Antonescu seized power, forcing King Carol II into exile after Carol had surrendered Romanian territory to Hungary, Bulgaria and Russia. Romania then supported Germany when it invaded Russia in June 1941, and assisted in the Nazi capture of Odessa, which was then renamed �Antonescu�, with areas of south-west Ukraine annexed to Romania. However the Soviets began to force back the Romanians, and other Axis forces, in the winter in 1942/3. On this day, 23/8/1944, Carol II�s 23-year-old son, King Michael, had Antonescu arrested. Antonescu was subsequently charged with war crimes in May 1946 and on 1/6/1946, after a brief trial, was condemned to death and shot. Meanwhile, French forces took Marseilles, then advanced up the Rhone Valley.

22/8/1944, Tuesday (-259) The Royal Navy began Operation Goodwood, a series of raids against the German battleship Tirpitz anchored in northern Norway.

21/8/1944, Monday (-260) (1) US forces crossed the Seine.

(2) Meetings began at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC, on starting the Charter of the United Nations.These meetings ended on 7/10/1944.

20/8/1944, Sunday (-261) (1) Toulouse taken by French forces.

(2) Rajiv Ghandi, younger son of Prime Minister Indira Ghandi, was born.

19/8/1944. Saturday (-262) (1) Allied forces in Italy took Florence.

(2) Paris rebelled against German occupation.

(3) Differences emerged between the Americans and the British as to how to press on against Germany. The US wanted to go directly east into Germany via the Saar region; the British wanted to secure Belgium and Holland and then occupy the industrial Ruhr region. This latter option would both neutralise the V-weapon launching sites and capture the deepwater port of Antwerp. Politically, however, both options had to be pursued, or else public outrage would ensue if one Allied army was halted whilst the other pressed on.

18/8/1944, Friday (-263) The Allies closed the Falaise Gap, trapping German forces to the north and west.

17/8/1944, Thursday (-264) (1) Falaise taken by the Canadians.

(2) The Russians reached the border of East Prussia.

16/8/1944, Wednesday (-265) Canadian troops surrounded Falaise, France.

15/8/1944. Tuesday (-266) US and French forces landed in southern France, on a front from Nice to Marseilles, and joined up in eastern France with the forces landing in Normandy. This was Operation Anvil. From Marseilles Allied forces swung north up the Rhone Valley.

14/8/1944, Monday (-267) Robyn Smith Astaire, US jockey, was born in San Francisco, California.

13/8/1944, Sunday (-270) Davina Galica, skiing champion, was born.

12/8/1944. Saturday (-269) PLUTO, or Pipeline Under The Ocean, began operating. It carried fuel from Shanklin, Isle of Wight, to Allied forces advancing against the Germans in France.

11/8/1944, Friday (-270) Florence evacuated by the Germans.

10/8/1944, Thursday (-271) US/French offensive at Alencon.

9/8/1944, Wednesday (-272) St Malo and Le Mans taken by US forces.The USA completed the recapture of Guam.

8/8/1944. Tuesday (-273) Officers convicted of an attempt on Hitler�s life were hanged with piano wire. See 20/7/1944.

7/8/1944, Monday (-274) RAF attacked German lines south of Caen.

6/8/1944, Sunday (-275) The Soviets began the Osovets Offensive as part of the final phase of Operation Bagration.

5/8/1944, Saturday (-276) Germans bombed the Warsaw suburb of Wola, during the Warsaw Uprising.

4/8/1944, Friday (-277) (1) Anne Frank and her family, who had gone into hiding from the Nazis on 6/7/1942 (see also 14/6/1943) were discovered by the Nazis, see 3/9/1944.

(2) Purge of the German Army by Hitler.

3/8/1944, Thursday (-278) Rennes taken by US forces.

2/8/1944. Wednesday (-279) Turkey broke off relations with Germany, reluctantly, under pressure from the United Nations to fulfil its treaty obligations.

1/8/1944. Tuesday (-280) (1) Anti-Nazi rising in Warsaw began.Russian forces were close to the city, see 14/9/1944.

(2) US forces captured the Pacific island of Tinian from the Japanese. Tinian was then developed as a US air force base, from which the mission to drop atom bombs on Japan was to depart (see 6/8/1945).

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31/7/1944. Monday (-281) (1) The Allies drove the Germans out of Normandy. Avranches was captured, opening the way into Brittany.

(2) The pilot and writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of �The Little Prince�, was reported missing.

(3) The last scheduled deportation of Parisian Jews from Drancy. By now gunfire could be heard in Paris and liberation seemed very close. Nazi Army commanders wanted to requisition the deportation trains for moving their own troops back to safer positions.

30/7/1944, Sunday (-282) Soviet forces captured Simno, Poland, only 35 miles from the Prussian border and 330 miles as the crow flies from Berlin. They also took Gluda which cut the railway line west from Riga. German forces in Riga now had just one minor rail line west as an escape route, leading to Windau, a small Baltic port.

29/7/1944, Saturday (-283) Soviet forces crossed the River Vistula, capturing the town of Sandiomerz in central Poland

28/7/1944. Friday (-284) Soviet forces took Brest Litovsk, Poland.

27/7/1944, Thursday (-285) (Germany) Russian forces captured Lvov from Germany.

26/7/1944, Wednesday (-286) Dvinsk retaken by Russia.Narva, Estonia, retaken by Russia.

25/7/1944. Tuesday (-287) Allied forces in Normandy forced through weakened German defences at St Lo.

24/7/1944, Monday (-288) Lublin retaken by Russia. German losses in the past 5 weeks amounted to over 2,000 tanks, 340 aircraft and 113,000 men. Only 10,000 men replaced them.

23/7/1944, Sunday (-289) The Lvov Uprising, an armed insurrection of the Home Army in Poland against the Nazi German occupiers, began in the city of Lvov.

22/7/1944, Saturday (-290) The Bretton Wood conference ended.

21/7/1944, Friday (-291) Guam, in the western Pacific, was liberated by US Marines.It had been under Japanese occupation since December 1941.

20/7/1944. Thursday (-292) (1) Roosevelt was nominated for a fourth term.

(2) An attempt was made on Hitler�s life by a German Staff Officer, Count Claus Von Stauffenberg, at Hitler�s headquarters at Rastenburg, East Prussia. A bomb was left in a briefcase under a table in the conference room where Hitler was to speak. The plot failed because the heavy oak table top shielded Hitler from much of the blast, as did the thick table leg against which the briefcase was placed. The plotters were arrested, as were 1,000 other people implicated in the plot. See 8/8/1944.

(3) Tbe USA began to retake the island of Guam from the Japanese.

19/7/1944, Wednesday (-293) Leghorn retaken by American forces.

18/7/1944. Tuesday (-294) Prime Minister Tojo of Japan resigned.

17/7/1944, Monday (-295) Field Marshal Rommel was badly injured when an Allied fighter plane shot up his car.

16/7/1944, Sunday (-296) A large gun on the French coast that was almost ready to fire huge shells at British south coast towns was destroyed in a sustained air raid.

15/7/1944, Saturday (-297) The Second Battle of the Odon began as part of the Battle of Normandy.

14/7/1944, Friday (-298) Soviet forces entered Pinsk, less than 200 miles from east Prussia.

13/7/1944. Thursday (-299) The capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, was recaptured by the Russians.

12/7/1944, Wednesday (-300) (1) The RAF became the first air force to use jet aircraft in operational service.

(2) The Russians advanced 21 miles on the Baltic Front.

11/7/1944, Tuesday (-301) The new German Tiger II heavy tank saw frontline combat for the first time during the Normandy campaign.

10/7/1944, Monday (-302) New Soviet offensive against German Army Group North began.

9/7/1944. Sunday (-303) The Allies took Caen. The last train carrying Jews to the concentration camps left from Budapest (see 13/1/1945).

8/7/1944, Saturday (-304) (Germany) British and Canadian troops approached the outskirts of Caen. The German defenders contested every street.

7/7/1944, Friday (-305) Tony Jacklin, British golf champion, was born in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.

6/7/1944, Wednesday (-307)

4/7/1944, Tuesday (-308) Conclusion of the Battle of Kohima-Imphal. Crucial battle of the Burma campaign; the 14th Army under Slim fought the Japanese in Burma from 4/3/1944. Allied troops were supplied by air and held back the Japanese from the key towns of Kohima and Imphal.

3/7/1944, Monday (-309) (1) Evacuation of children from London because of the V-1 bombings.

(2)