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1. THIS DAY IN WORLD WAR 2 (13th May 1945)
A RN task force arrives at Oslo
Field Marshal Keitel is arrested by the Allies
German naval forces in the Netherlands formally surrender
Charles Lindbergh arrives with a Naval Technical Mission to investigate German aircraft development
U-956 arrives and surrenders
In the Atlantic...
Aboard U-234 -- en route from Germany to Japan with weapons, blueprints, Me-262 blueprints, uranium oxide, etc -- Japanese officers commit suicide when the German crew decides to surrender
U-1228 and U-858 arrive and surrender
Australian 6th Infantry Division captures Kumbungua
In the Pacific...
Japanese vessel Yosei Maru is sunk by USN submarine Baya
Japanese vessel No. 15 Shosei Maru is sunk by RN submarine Trump
US 6th Army completes the clearing of the Balete Pass and advances towards the Ipo dam
US 8th Army is attacking around Talomo trail and Hill 550
A detachment of US 8th Army is clearing pockets of Japanese resistance
US 10th Army is attacking Japanese 32nd Army around Hill 55, Dakeshi Ridge, Wana Ridge, Chocolate Drop Hill, Conical Hill, and Charlie Hill
Offshore, USN destroyer Bache and destroyer escort Bright are damaged by Japanese kamikaze aircraft
Desperate to improve relations with the Soviet Union, the Japanese offer a new trade agreement, unaware that Stalin has already agreed with the Western Allies to attack Japan 3 months after VE Day.
Japanese vessel Shinnan Maru is sunk by USN submarine Cero
IJN guardboat Nisshin Maru sunk by USN submarine Plaice off Hokkaido
Four Japanese vessels are sunk and three damaged by mines
East China Sea:
Two Japanese vessels and a guardboat are sunk by USN aircraft
Today's Air Raids...
Truk Atoll by US 7th Air Force
Marcus Island by US 7th Air Force
Borneo on airfields by US FEAF
Byorutsu, Formosa by US FEAF
Japan on airfields on Kyushu by USN aircraft, and offshore minelaying by US 20th Air Force
Indochina on bridges by US FEAF
China on Japanese positions, bridges transporation lines, and other targets throughout southern and eastern China and minelaying in the Yangtze River by US 14th Air Force
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
Twitter Followers = 1,951 (up 2)
Non-followed eliminated = 1
Unfollowers eliminated = 0
New Followers followed back = 1
Spammers not followed back = 2
3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
After a brief hesitation, I dumped him. In a corporate/team environment, you have to work with people you don't like, but in my personal life, I dump anyone who makes me feel uncomfortable, no matter how closely related they are or how long I have known them for. Since I have adopted this policy, I have been blissfully happy. The one exception to this is Daughter, who I can't be fully rid of while her mother lives. She continues via her mother to inject venom into my life, but at least I can keep this hateful and vindictive woman at arm's length, and her poison only occasionally reaches me.
Keeping my life purged of the unpleasant has an important benefit - to allow me to make the maximum difference and fulfill this character's purpose. Peace and freedom are not a "given" - they have to be fought for and continually defended in order for you to live the life you want to live.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is there anyone in your life who needs to go?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Sunny in the morning and dry throughout
A moderate north-westerly will swing easterly over the afternoon
Max Temp = 12 degC at 2pm
Min Temp = 6 degC at 6am
Sunrise at 05:09
Sunset at 20:58
Weathertrack: An anticyclone over France will be displaced rapidly north via Britain today
Air Pressure: 1020 millibars and falling slightly
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
My new girlfriend keeps asking why I'm still single - I think this is a bit rude. I don't ask her why she's still married :D
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Shakespeare’s works contain the first-ever recordings of 2,035 English words, including critical, frugal, excellent, barefaced, assassination, and countless.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Just as fire is extinguished by water, hatred can only be defeated by love and compassion.