Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Died On This Date

Domenico Ghirlandaio (1494)
Louis-Francois Roubiliac (1762)
Domenico Cimarosa (1801)
Francis Scott Key (1843)
Baron Georges Haussmann (1891)
Thomas Hardy (1928)
Count Galeazzo Ciano (1944)
Aureliano Pertile (1952)
Oscar Strauss (1954)
Elena Gerhardt (1961)
Alberto Giacometti (1966)
Max Lorenz (1975)
Barbara Pym (1980)
Josef Gingold (1995)
Klaus Tennstedt (1998)
Edmund Hillary (2008)

On the same day—January 11, 1944—that Mussolini had his son-in-law and former Italian Foreign Minister, Count Ciano, executed, the Allies initiated Operation Pointblank, a series of massive air attacks on the Luftwaffe and German aeronautic facilities. The result was that the Luftwaffe was not to be a factor on D-Day five months later.

The photograph above shows B-17 Flying Fortresses bombing Bremen through heavy cloud cover.

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