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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (17th April
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 4th Ukrainian Front probe the defences of Sevastopol
In Helsinki, Finland...
Following negotiations in Moscow in March, the Finnish government rejects Soviet peace terms.
In Munich, Germany...
Hitler addresses Gauleiters and Reichsleiters
In the North Sea...
Kriegsmarine minesweeper M-3860 is sunk by a mine
In the Mediterranean...
US vessels Alexander Graham Bell and James Guthrie are damaged by mines
Greek vessels Hydrea and Aghios Georgios Theonie are sunk by Free Dutch submarine Dolfijn
In the Atlantic...
U-986 is sunk by USN minesweeper Swift and sub chaser PC-619
U-342 is sunk by RCAF aircraft
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Matsue Maru is sunk by USN submarine Harder
Japanese vessel No. 2 Noshiro Maru is sunk by USN submarine Searaven
USN submarines Barb and Steelhead bombard Rasa Island
(Peking-Hankow Operation): Japanese 12th Army begins crossing the Yellow
River overnight in Operation Ko-Go, the first phase of Operation
General Claire Chennault is ordered to make the defence of USAAF B-29 bases at Chengtu his top priority
Chinese units advance down the Mogaung valley
Japanese forces abandon attacks and withdraw from the Chindit base at White City
Indian 77th LRP Brigade unsuccessfully attack north to support the base at White City
Japanese 31st Infantry Division attack Kohima
Japanese II/60th Battalion and III/67th Battalion attack Indian 63rd Infantry Brigade around Sengmai north of Imphal
Indian 17th Infantry Division is engaged with Japanese 33rd Infantry Division around Bishenpur southwest of Imphal
Today's Air Raids...
Cologne, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Northern France V-Weapons sites by US 8th Air Force
North Sea minelaying by RAF Bomber Command
Sofia, Bulgaria by US 15th Air Force
Belgrade and Sava, Yugoslavia by US 15th Air Force
Mille Atoll and Maloelap Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Satawan Airfield, Nomoi Islands byUS 13th Air Force
New Guinea military targets by US 5th Air Force
Rabaul and military targets on New Britain by US 13th Air Force
The Arakan, Burma on Japanese positions by US 10th Air Force
Palel Airfield and British positions at Imphal, India by Japanese aircraft
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Recovery from my recent infection continues! My cough is light and I'm hoping it will gradually diminish, and my nasal passages are much better. I can continue to enjoy a quiet week of abundant rest.
Yesterday a rare fall-out with Son occurred over the one bone of contention between us - mine and his mother's sex-life. You may be wondering what that has to do with him! He feels that we are not adequately discreet and resents having to hear it.
My attitude is that in the first place it's not that often (just weekly for most weeks in term time) and not that loud, though clearly audible, and he only rarely goes out, and that a sex-life is essential to his parents wellbeing on several levels.
I can understand annoyance, but not the raw anger and accusations of betrayal. I never respond well to being aggressively confronted, usually "going nuclear" quite quickly. 24 hours to mutually "cool-off" was required, and now at some point today, awkward negotiations will be necessary.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there anything that needs to be said?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and cloudy all day.
Skies will clear in the evening and it will be sunny until dusk.
A moderate westerly wind will gradually ease and swing slowly northerly in the evening.
Max Temp = 10 degC
Min Temp = 5 degC
Sunrise at 06:03
Sunset at 20:11
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Teach a child to be polite and courteous, and when he grows up, he'll be exploited by everybody :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Jimmy Carr on Greetings Cards
In 2007, a dog named Rocco discovered a truffle in Tuscany that weighed
3.3 pounds. It sold at auction for $333,000 (USD), a world record
for a truffle.
9. ZEN WISDOM
People who can admire true greatness are happy people. By opening wide
the doors of our hearts we can broaden our own horizons and strengthen
our belief in our own lives.