GERMANS UNLEASHED BLITZ ON LONDON 75 YEARS AGO
London, England (JFK+50) Seventy-five years ago today, September 7, 1940, German bombers unleashed a "blitz" on the city of London. Three hundred Nazi aircraft dropped 337 tons of bombs on the city causing more than 400 civilian deaths. A state of emergency was declared as fifty-seven consecutive nights of bombing began.
According to Eyewitness to History, the German bombing campaign marked a turning point in Adolf Hitler's attempt to subdue the British as his plan to invade the island gave way to the idea to force surrender from the air.
Correspondent Ernie Pyle described the scene in London on the first night of bombing...
"The streets...were semi-illuminated from the glow (of fires started by exploding bombs) and the sky was red and angry...a cloud of smoke all in pink..."
Brits withstood the barrage by seeking shelter in underground shelters. The campaign finally ended on May 11, 1941 when Hitler shifted his bombers to the Russian front.
"The London Blitz, 1940," Eyewitness to History, www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/
SECURITY COUNCIL DEFEATS SOVIET CONDEMNATION OF US BOMBING OF NK
New York City (JFK+50) Sixty-five years ago today, September 7, 1950, the United Nations Security Council defeated by a vote of 9 to 1 a resolution proposed by representatives of the Soviet Union to condemn the bombing of North Korea by the United States.
The vote followed by 2 months the UN's approval for the use of force to stop communist aggression against South Korea. The Soviets referred to the bombing by the United States as "Hitlerian and inhuman".
SPELLMAN ANNOUNCED $2.5 MILLION DONATION BY JOSEPH P. KENNEDY,SR.
New York City (JFK+50) Francis Cardinal Spellman announced 65 years ago today, September 7, 1950, that Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., former US ambassador to Great Britain, had donated $2.5 million for the building of a home for neglected children in the Bronx at 1170 Stillwell Avenue.
The donation was made in the name of Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. who was killed in World War II.