Wednesday, June 20, 2012

THURSDAY THIRTEEN #176

THIRTEEN THINGS ABOUT JUNE, 1942

Sir Paul McCartney turned 70 (!) on June 18. He is still working, still participating in high-profile performances like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the upcoming Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

This got me thinking about how much the world has changed since he entered it.

SEVENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH ...

1) King George VI (Elizabeth's father, the King of The King's Speech) was on the throne

2) The RAF performed bombing raids on Germany

3) London was a bomb-scarred city at war that was filling up with Allied servicemen

4) Feeding all the servicemen presented such a challenge that it was not uncommon for British universities and other public buildings to turn their basements over to raising hogs.

5) To support the war effort, the luxurious London hotel The Grosvenor House turned its roof into a vegetable garden

6) At night, Brits retired behind thick blackout drapes and the only lights evident from the streets were searchlights

7) Anne Frank turned 13 and received a diary for her birthday (the last one she would celebrate outside of hiding)

8) The United States Navy won The Battle of Midway

9) US Army Generals graced the covers of both Time and LIFE magazines

10) Civilian plane spotters were on the cover of The New Yorker

11) The movie Yankee Doodle Dandy starring James Cagney was released.

12)  The soundtrack of the movie Holiday Inn starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire was released. It includes the song "White Christmas."

13) Walt Disney was promoting his upcoming animated family feature, Bambi.

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8 comments:

  1. Good glimpse of the past. I love the thought of a hotel planting a rooftop garden. :)

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  2. Good glimpse of the past. I love the thought of a hotel planting a rooftop garden. :)

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/

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  3. What an interesting glimpse at an earlier time. And the juxtaposition of bombing, Anne Frank, and Bambi is simply stunning.

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  4. What a historical read! You chose some interesting moments. Wow, Paul is 70. I saw him with the Beatles when I was 15.

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  5. It was 70 years ago today...Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
    They've been going in and out of style But they're guaranteed to raise a smile......

    lame...I know...

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  6. Thank god I don't actually remember most of these items (though I only missed by about a decade)! Cool list. Thanks.

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  7. Thank god I don't actually remember most of these items (though I only missed by about a decade)! Cool list. Thanks.

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  8. It sure makes one grateful for the world we live in today. At least, here in Canada. Thanks for sharing. Happy T13!

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