Friday, 3 February 2012

On this day Feb 3rd: US bombs Berlin

On this day February 3rd:
1859-Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer was born in Rheydt, Rhine Province and died on this day in 1935 aged 76.
1903-Scottish nobleman and pioneering Scottish aviator Douglas Douglas-Hamilton was born in London.
1917-The United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.
1941-Hitler reviewed the plans for Operation 'Barbarossa', as German intelligence estimated that 155 Red Army divisions were deployed in western Russia against just 116 German and Axis divisions.
1944-The Allies attempt to breakout of the Anzio Beachhead ended after an advance of just three miles in three days. The German began their first counterattacks against Anzio.
1945-Operation Thunderclap, 1,000 B-17's of the Eighth Air Force bombed Berlin killing thousands of men, women and children.
1945-Aged 51, Roland Freisler prominent and notorious Nazi German judge died in a bombing raid in Berlin
1960-Harold Macmillan outraged South African politicians with a speech warning of the "wind of change" in Africa.
1966-The first rocket-assisted controlled landing on the Moon was made by the Soviet space vehicle Luna IX.


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