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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (23rd December
On the Russian Front...
Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front is attacking north of Budapest
Soviet 3rd Ukrainian Front advances rapidly south of Budapest
On the Western Front...
The Battle of the Bulge:
US 1st Army retreats from St.Vith
Spearheads of German 5th Panzer Army reach Rochefort
III Corps of US 3rd Army attack north to relieve Bastogne
Luftwaffe aircraft conduct approximately 800 sorties in support of the German offensive, but US fighters claim 130 Luftwaffe aircraft shot down
More than 260 US transport aircraft drop supplies to isolated US 101st Airborne Division at Bastogne, with eight shot down by flak
US 9th Army reaches Winden
Kriegsmarine midget submarines unsuccessfully attack Allied shipping in the Scheldt estuary overnight
British vessel Empire Path is sunk by a mine
British vessels Slemish and Dunfries are sunk by U-772
British tug TID-70 is sunk by mine
US 5th Army captures Monte della Volpe and Monte Tondo
In the Pacific...
USAAF 504th Very Heavy Bombardment Group B-29 bombers arrive at Tinian Island from the US
US 6th Army advances toward Palompon on Leyte Island
Japanese vessel Kenzui Maru is sunk by USN submarine Blenny off Luzon Island
Indian 19th Infantry Division of British 14th Army captures Kokoggon
British 15th Corps reaches Donbaik in the Arakan and finds it undefended
RN Task Force 64 with
destroyers Napier and Nepal and supporting warships bombards Japanese
positions along the Arakan coast in support of 15th Corps operations
Today's Air Raids...
Antwerp, Belgium by sixteen V-2 rockets
Trier, Cologne, Limburg and Siegburg, Germany by RAF Bomber Command
Po Valley, Italy by US 12th Air Force
Luzon Island, Negros Island, Mindanao Island, and Halmahera Island by US FEAF
East Indies on military targets by RAAF
Iwo Jima by US 7th Air Force
Vinh and military targets in northern Indochina by US 14th Air Force
Wuchang, Hankow, Heho Chenghsien and Houmachen, China by US 14th Air Force
Bridges at Mong Long, Pa-mao, Man Pwe, Tonbo, Saye, Ketka, and Nampawng, and Japanese positions and depots around Namhkam, Nyaunggyin, Kseinghkai, Mongyin, and Kutkai, Burma by US 10th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
More Missus Time!
Twitter Followers = 1,850 (up 3)
Non-followed Tweeps unfollowing = 0
Unfollowers Eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
The dreaded pre-Christmas shop for fresh food is today, but I'm not expecting it to be that dreaded. I don't really mind shopping per se, just when stuff is missing from the shelf. Missus sees the whole thing as a treat and has a "kid in a candy store" mentality. Crowds don't bother me too much, just people oblivious to blocking aisles, but in general unlike a lot of folks, I'm fairly cool with shopping.
Christmas doesn't feel particularly like a holiday as I have to be the family manager, but this year I'm quite happy to be so. I run things my way and get appreciated for it, and it's great to make a difference and be important to others, with all emotional vampires banished.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Do you have your festivities your way?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Windy, and after a dry start, heavy rain arrives in the morning
Very wet and windy thereafter
Max Temp = 10 degC
Min Temp = 9 degC
Sunrise at 08:24
Sunset at 15:48
Weathertrack: Depressions to the north of Britain will move south, keeping weather unsettled and bringing colder air, but easing the wind from tomorrow
Air Pressure: 1007 millibars and static
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I told the doctor I had an obsession with boy-bands - he wrote a prescription and said "Take That" :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Amusing stuff on US News programmes
The 1815, Tambora in Indonesia became the largest volcanic
eruption observed by humans and killed over 70,000 people. Effects
were felt as far as Europe and North America, including prolonged
inclement weather which resulted in food riots and the worst famine
in the nineteenth century.
9. ZEN WISDOM
It would be pointless for a plum blossom to try to remake itself as a
cherry blossom, no matter how deeply the plum yearns to do so. The plum
is happiest when it blooms as itself in full glory. How much of the
color and wonder of life would be lost if it weren’t for our