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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (31st July
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 1st Baltic Front captures Jelgava and isolates German 16th Army and 18th Army in Estonia and Latvia
Soviet 3rd Byelorussian Front captures Kaunas
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front captures Seidlice
Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front reaches eastern outskirts of Warsaw, but meets strong German counterattacks
In Normandy, France...
British 2nd Army attacks around Le Beny-Bocage, Le Tourneur, Cahagnes, and Jurques
US 1st Army attacks all along its front, captures Granville and advances south
In the English Channel...
U-333 is sunk by RN frigate Loch Killin and sloop Starling
In the North Sea...
US vessel Exmouth is sunk by a mine off Scotland
The wreckage of a crashed German V-2 rocket is purchased by the Allies and flown to the UK
In the Pacific...
With heavy air, naval and artillery support US V Amphibious Corps attacks the last line of Japanese defence at the southern tip of Tinian
US III Amphibious Corps advances rapidly northward on Guam against weakening opposition
Japanese vessels Manko Maru, Koei Maru and Yoshino Maru are sunk by USN submarine Parche off the Philippines
Japanese vessels Fuso Maru and Dakar Maru, are sunk by USN submarine Steelhead off the Philippines
Japanese vessel Shinju Maru is sunk by USN submarine Dace off the Philippines
Japanese vessel Tenshin Maru is sunk by USN submarine Lapon off Palawan Island
US Task Force Persecution attacks along the Driniumor River at the eastern end of the Aitape beachhead
Operation Globe Trotter:
USN Task Force 77 lands elements of US 6th Infantry Division at Cape Sansapor without opposition
To reduce losses, Japanese aircraft, heavily outnumbered, are withdrawn to bases in Indochina
Indian 23rd Infantry Division of British 14th Army captures Moreh southeast of Imphal, and Indian 5th Infantry Division captures Churachandpur on the Tiddim road south of Imphal
Today's Air Raids...
Munich, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim by US 8th Air Force
Joigny-la-Roche, Le Havre and V-Weapons sites, France by RAF Bomber Command
Laon and Creil, France by US 8th Air Force
Seine, Loire and other river bridges in France by US 9th Air Force
Bucharest, Ploesti, Doicesti, and Targoviste, Romania by US 15th Air Force
Nauru and Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Woleai Atoll, Halmahera Island and Ceram Island
Wewak, Hansa Bay and coastal military targets in New Guinea by US FEAF
China Widely-scattered towns, rail yards, bridges, airfields, river shipping, and road traffic by US 14th Air Force
Liuchow and Kweilin, China by Japanese aircraft
Myitkyina, Kamaing, Mogaung, and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Quality Missus Time
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
With Missus and Son both out today, a self-indulgent me-time slob will be enjoyed. I have absolutely no guilt whatever about doing nothing, having rejected utterly the "work-ethic" as a philosophy. I would not however advocate doing nothing indefinitely - for a fulfilling life, you need to make a difference - but for a day or so it is truly marvelous!
This life-experience is very short, and it is folly indeed to spend it doing stuff that is neither pleasant nor essential. I fully intend the remainder of this life to be JOY. I have already experienced quite enough the absence of joy to waste another minute.
I am well-aware that many lives never get the opportunity to know joy, so I have no intention of wasting the fact that I do.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Are you living life in all its fullness to the maximum of its potential?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Possibility of showers in the later morning
Dry and cloudy in the afternoon
Sunny periods with possibly heavy showers in the evening
A moderate westerly wind will turn south-westerly in the evening
Max Temp = 18 degC
Min Temp = 15 degC
Sunrise at 05:19
Sunset at 21:07
Jetstream: Over France and static
Weathertrack: A weak depression south of Iceland will deepen slightly and track across northern Scotland
Air Pressure: 1012 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Adults never get excited anymore about how big I got since they last saw me :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Russell Howard's Good News - Cereal Sex Line
The famous Great Pyramid at Giza was built as a burial place for King
Khufu (2589-2566 B.C.) and took more than 20 years to build. It is
built from over two million blocks of limestone, each one weighing as
much as two and a half elephants. It stands about 460 feet (149 m)
high—taller than the Statue of Liberty. The base of the Great Pyramid
takes up almost as much space as five football fields.
It is the only one of the "five ancient wonders" to survive to the present day, although not unscathed - its smooth marble exterior has been removed and stolen. This would have left the brickwork underneath exposed to weathering were it not for the dry desert conditions and being in a geologically stable area. Rain, earthquakes and storms are responsible for the destruction of all the other Ancient Wonders
9. ZEN WISDOM
How can we create the greatest value amidst a reality that is impermanent and in constant flux? Only through Enlightenment