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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (2nd August
On the Russian Front...
Stalin orders 1st Byelorussian Front to halt its offensive east of Warsaw
German counterattacks continue around the Praga suburb of Warsaw on the east bank of the Vistula
69th Army of Soviet 1st Byelorussian Front crosses the Vistula at Pulawy south of Warsaw
Gruppe Bach, commanded
by SS-Obergruppenfuehrer von dem Bach, takes control of German
operations against Polish Home Army in Warsaw, including SS Kaminski
Brigade and Dirlewanger Brigade
Polish Home Army consolidates its hold on several districts within Warsaw and unsuccessfully attacks Okacie airfield
Gestapo executes Stefan Grot-Rowecki, captured commander of the Polish Home Army
On the Western Front...
British 2nd Army attacks around Estry, Villers-Bocage, and Vire
US 1st Army advances toward St Pois and Vire
US 3rd Army invades Brittany and advances toward Rennes
Hitler orders a panzer counterattack around Mortain
In the English Channel...
Kriegsmarine manned torpedoes and boat-bombs are deployed overnight against Allied warships and shipping off Normandy beaches. RN destroyer Quorn and British vessel Gairsay are sunk, and British vessel Fort Lac La Ronge is written off
Churchill speech warns Bulgaria that it will be treated harshly unless it makes peace immediately
government-in-exile receives requests from Home Army in Warsaw for air
dropping weapons, ammunition, and the Polish Parachute Brigade
Allied 1st Airborne Army is formed
More than 300 V-1 flying bombs are launched and more than 100 hit London
First successful use of RAF Meteor jet fighters against V-1 flying bombs, including wing-tipping
In Ankara, Turkey...
Turkey severs diplomatic relations with Germany
British 8th Army attacks around Florence
Air Marshal Slessor in Italy is ordered by Churchill to study the feasibility of air dropping supplies to Polish Home Army in Warsaw
In the Atlantic...
USN destroyer escort Fiske is sunk by U-804
In the United States...
Lt. Jackie Robinson, a famous black baseball player before the war, is found not guilty at a court martial of insubordination during questioning after an incident on 6 July 1944 when he refused to move to the back of an army bus because he was black. He is then transferred to Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky to serve as an army athletics coach.
In the Pacific...
US III Amphibious Corps continues attacking on Guam and captures Tiyan airfield
Japanese vessel Konei Maru is sunk by USN submarine Tautog off Honshu
2nd Battalion of US 163rd Infantry Regiment lands at Korim Bay
Weak Japanese forces launch another costly and unsuccessful attack in the Aitape area
Government orders 20,000 men released from armed forces to civilian economy by end of 1944 and another 25,000 by mid-1945
12 Australian brigades
are earmarked for occupation and mop-up duties in the Solomons, on New
Britain, and New Guinea, while 7th Infantry Division and 9th Infantry
Division are retained as an offensive striking force
Today's Air Raids...
Loire River Bridges, France by US 9th Air Force
V-Weapons sites and Le Havre, France by RAF Bomber Command, where 2 S-Boats are sunk, 2 severely damaged and a tender is sunk
V-Weapons sites and transportation routes, France by US 8th Air Force
Avignon and military targets in Southern France by US 15th Air Force
Southern France and the Franco-Italian Border military targets by US 12th Air Force
Genoa, Italy by US 15th Air Force
Yap Island, Timor Island, the Molucca Islands, Lesser Sunda Islands, and other targets in the East Indies by US FEAF
Nabire and military targets in New Guinea by US FEAF
Tingka and Shihlipu, China by US 14th Air Force
Myitkyina, Taungni, and military targets in Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,780 (up 1)
Nonfollowed Eliminated = 2
Unfollowers Eliminated = 0
New Followers = 1
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Daughter continues to treat Missus rudely, and bless Missus' selfless tolerance, she is going to see Daughter again today. Missus will probably make my offer of third-party therapy, which I hope Daughter will turn down, but will honour in the unlikely event she says YES. I can't just let Daughter slide ever-deeper into mental illness without at least offering a hand.
For me, with the first weekend off the Weekend Job, another day in paradise beckons! I intend to be thoroughly self-indulgent, though it will include a 2-hour nap in the afternoon to compensate for early mornings and fairly late nights of late.
4. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Are you doing what your intuition is telling you is the right thing?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Showers throughout, some heavy, but dry overnight
A moderate south-easterly wind will swing southerly overnight
Max Temp = 17 degC
Min Temp = 15 degC
Sunrise at 05:22
Sunset at 21:03
Weathertrack: A depression centred on Britain will track slowly north
Air Pressure: 1003 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
Why do noses run and feet smell? :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Never Mind The Buzzcocks: Noel Fielding is thick
On July 1, 2009, shortly after Michael Jackson died, his page
became the most popular page on Facebook. Previously, the most
popular person on Facebook was U.S. President Obama with just over 6
9. ZEN WISDOM
When we draw strength from within, our outlook undergoes a dramatic
transformation; everything around us looks completely different - and better