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‘Yes, we believe that the Nazis and the Fascists have asked for it — and they are going to get it. ’ Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd. U.S. President Served March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945

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Henry A. Wallace

33rd. U.S. Vice President Served Jan. 20, 1941 – Jan. 20, 1945

World events

• U.S. and Phlippine troops fight the Battle of Bataan against the Japanese Jan. 1. • Japan declares war against the Netherlands on Jan. 11 and ivades the Dutch East Indies. • Nazis at the Wannsee Conference in

Berlin on Jan. 20 decide the “Final Solution to the Jewish problem” is relocation and later extermination. • The first American forces arrive in Europe on Jan. 26, landing in Northern Ireland. • C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” is first published Feb.1. • Lt. Edward O’Hare becomes America’s first U.S. Navy flying ace of World War II on Feb. 20.

C.S. Lewis publishes “The Screwtape Letters”


• The Bataan Peninsula falls April 9 and the Bataan Death March begins. • The Allies burn the main oil fields of Burma as Japanese forces reach Yenangyaung on April 17. The battle would end two days later in Allied victory. • Tokyo is attacked April 18 by the Doolittle Raid, a small force of B-25 bombers commanded by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle. • The Reichstag meets for the last time April 26, dissolving and proclaiming Adolf Hitler the “Supreme Judge of the German People.” • The Allies win the Battle of the Coral Sea on May 8. It is the first battle where two enemy fleets fight without seeing each other’s ships.

• The Japanese naval advance in the Pacific is halted June 7 with an Allied victory at the Battle of Midway. • On her 13th birthday, Anne Frank makes her first entry in hew new diary June 12. Her family would go into hiding July 6. • The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto begins July 22. • British forces arrest Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi in Bombay on Aug. 9. • The Battle of Stalingrad begins Aug. 23 as German troops reach the suburbs of Stalingrad. • The first A-4 rocket is successfully launched Oct. 3 from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. The rocket flies 147 kilometres wide and reaches a height of 84.5 kilometres, becoming the first manmade object to reach space. • The Battle of Guadalcanal ends Nov. 15. Although the United States Navy suffers heavy losses, it retains control of Guadalcanal. • The Allies issue the Joint Declaration by Members of the United Nations on Dec. 17, the first time they publicly acknowledge the Holocaust.

U.S. News

• More than 1,400 shells are fired at a slow-moving object in the skies over Los Angeles on Feb. 25, triggering a wartime blackout over most of Southern California.

• President Roosevelt signs a bill creating the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) on May 15. • The first African American seamen are taken into the U.S. Navy on May 20. • The Office of War Information, a propaganda center, opens June 13 in the United States. • The movie “Casablanca” premiers Nov. 26 at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.

Movies • • • • • • • • • •

“Casablanca” “The Talk of the Town” “Bambi” “Jungle Book” “Now, Voyager” “The Black Swan” “Mrs. Miniver” “Cat People” “To Be or Not to Be” “A Night to Remember”

BORN THIS YEAR: Jimi Hendrix, musician (Nov. 27). Above left: Muhammad Ali, boxer (Jan. 17); Barbra Streisand, musician/actress (April 24); Harrison Ford, actor (July 13); Joe Biden, politician (Nov. 20).

• “Sleepy Lagoon,” Harry James • “(I Got Spurs That) Jingle, Jingle, Jingle,” Kay Kyser • “A String of Pearls,” Glenn Miller • “Blues in the Night,” Woody Herman • “Jersey Bounce,” Benny Goodman • “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” Alveno Rey


• “White Christmas,” Bing Crosby • “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo,” Glenn Miller • “Tangerine,” Jimmy Dorsey • “Moonight Cocktail,” Glenn Miller

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•  Income per year ...... $1,880 •  Minimum wage ............. 30¢ •  New house ................ $3,770 •  Rent .................................. $35 •  New car.......................... $920 •  Gallon of gas .................... 15¢ •  Gallon of milk . ................ 62¢ •  Loaf of bread ..................... 9¢ •  First-class stamp ...............3¢ •  Movie ticket .................... 27¢ •

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