On this day in 1952, after a long illness, King George VI of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies in his sleep at the royal estate at Sandringham. Princess Elizabeth, the oldest of the king’s two daughters and next in line to succeed him, was in Kenya at the time of her father’s death; she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953, at age 27.
King George VI, the second son of King George V, ascended to the throne in 1936 after his older brother, King Edward VIII, voluntarily abdicated to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. During World War II, George worked to rally the spirits of the British people by touring war zones, making a series of morale-boosting radio broadcasts (for which he overcame a speech impediment) and shunning the safety of the countryside to remain with his wife in bomb-damaged Buckingham Palace. The king’s health deteriorated in 1949, but he continued to perform state duties until his death in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth, born on April 21, 1926, and known to her family as Lilibet, was groomed as a girl to succeed her father. She married a distant cousin, Philip Mountbatten, on November 20, 1947, at London’s Westminster Abbey. The first of Elizabeth’s four children, Prince Charles, was born in 1948.
From the start of her reign, Elizabeth understood the value of public relations and allowed her 1953 coronation to be televised, despite objections from Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others who felt it would cheapen the ceremony. Elizabeth, the 40th British monarch since William the Conqueror, has worked hard at her royal duties and become a popular figure around the world. In 2003, she celebrated 50 years on the throne, only the fifth British monarch to do so.
The queen’s reign, however, has not been without controversy. She was seen as cold and out-of-touch following the 1996 divorce of her son, Prince Charles, and Princess Diana, and again after Diana’s 1997 death in a car crash. Additionally, the role in modern times of the monarchy, which is largely ceremonial, has come into question as British taxpayers have complained about covering the royal family’s travel expenses and palace upkeep. Still, the royals are effective world ambassadors for Britain and a huge tourism draw. Today, the queen, an avid horsewoman and Corgi dog lover, is one of the world’s wealthiest women, with extensive real-estate holdings and art and jewelry collections.
Mr. Rangel (for himself, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Sam Johnson of Texas) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such
provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
Calling for a formal end of the Korean War.
the Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, and active combat ceased
with the Armistice Agreement signed on July 27, 1953;
the Armistice Agreement did not formally end the war, so the Korean War
remains one of the world’s longest ongoing armed conflicts;
the Korean War was a global conflict that involved not only South Korea
and North Korea, but also the United States along with more than 20
other nations, which altogether suffered hundreds of thousands
casualties and losses, including millions of civilians killed and
2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence after Imperial
Japan surrendered to the United States during World War II on August 15,
Whereas peaceful unification of Korea is desired by all Korean people: Now, therefore, be it
That the House of Representatives—
(1) pays tribute to the sacrifices of the Veterans of the Korean War, its victims and divided families; and
upon the international community to support the vision of a unified
Korea and assist efforts to promote international peace and security,
denuclearization, economic prosperity, human rights, and the rule of law
both on the Korean Peninsula and elsewhere.
Moïse Kisling, born Mojżesz Kisling (January 22, 1891 – April 29, 1953), was a Polish-born French painter. He moved to Paris in 1910 at the age of 19, and became a French citizen in 1915, after serving and being wounded with the French Foreign Legion in World War I. He emigrated to the United States in 1940, after the fall of France, and returned there in 1946
THINGS TO COME -
1936, Janus Films, 100 min, UK, Dir: William Cameron Menzies
Director William Cameron Menzies brings to the screen H.G. Wells’ apocalyptic sci-fi novel, with input from Wells himself. A world war that begins in 1940 lasts until 1966, when a plague hits the planet and destroys half the population. Isolated primitive communities struggle through, but it soon becomes apparent a pocket of humanity has not only survived war and disease but has made enormous strides in technological achievement and design. With Raymond Massey and Ralph Richardson.
INVADERS FROM MARS - 35mm print!
1953, Wade Williams, 78 min, USA, Dir: William Cameron Menzies
This was the first flying saucer movie of the 1950s released in color, and director (and production designer) William Cameron Menzies makes the most of it, delivering surreal visuals worthy of a childhood nightmare – which might or might not be what young Jimmy Hunt is having when he sees a spacecraft land near his home. When his father goes to investigate, he returns seemingly changed, but no one believes the boy’s story of alien mind control.
Daniel Ken “Dan” Inouye (September 7, 1924 – December 17, 2012) was a United States Senator from Hawaii from 1963 to 2012. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and he was President pro tempore of the United States Senate from 2010 until his death in 2012, making him the highest-ranking Asian American politician in U.S. history. Inouye also served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations. Inouye fought in World War II as part of the 442nd Infantry Regiment. He lost his right arm to a grenade wound and received several military decorations. Returning to Hawaii, he earned a law degree and was elected to Hawaii’s territorial House of Representatives in 1953, and to the territorial Senate in 1957. When Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959, Inouye was elected as its first member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 1962 he was first elected to the U.S. Senate. Inouye was the first Japanese American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives and later the first in the U.S. Senate. He never lost an election in 58 years as an elected official, and exercised an outsize influence on Hawaii politics. He was a Medal of Honor recipient and a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Citation: Second Lieutenant Daniel K. Inouye distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 21 April 1945, in the vicinity of San Terenzo, Italy. While attacking a defended ridge guarding an important road junction, Second Lieutenant Inouye skillfully directed his platoon through a hail of automatic weapon and small arms fire, in a swift enveloping movement that resulted in the capture of an artillery and mortar post and brought his men to within 40 yards of the hostile force. Emplaced in bunkers and rock formations, the enemy halted the advance with crossfire from three machine guns. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Second Lieutenant Inouye crawled up the treacherous slope to within five yards of the nearest machine gun and hurled two grenades, destroying the emplacement. Before the enemy could retaliate, he stood up and neutralized a second machine gun nest. Although wounded by a sniper’s bullet, he continued to engage other hostile positions at close range until an exploding grenade shattered his right arm. Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured. By his gallant, aggressive tactics and by his indomitable leadership, Second Lieutenant Inouye enabled his platoon to advance through formidable resistance, and was instrumental in the capture of the ridge. Second Lieutenant Inouye’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
Edmund Dulac (1882-1953) was one of the great figures from the Golden Age of Illustration. Born in Toulouse, France, Dulac was artistically inclined from adolescence. He switched from law to art and moved to London where he was in tremendous demand from publishers.
Dulac’s most famous works of art include beautiful illustrations for books like the Arabian Nights, Sleeping Beauty, Stories from Hans Christian Andersen and the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
The so-called Golden Age of Illustration spanned over four decades from the 1880s into the 1920s, and saw memorable artistic works in books and magazines from the likes of Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, N.C. Wyeth and others. After World War I ended, demand for illustrated deluxe books tailed off and Dulac moved into other areas of design. He died in 1953 of a heart attack while illustrating John Milton’s Comus. He was 70 years old.
Turning Point: Fall of Liberty - $16.51 What if Winston Churchill had died on December 13, 1931 after he was struck by a cab while crossing 5th Ave. in New York, and wasn’t alive to rally the Allied forces to confront the Nazis? Turning Point: Fall of Liberty uses this ‘what if’ idea to create a fast-paced Action/FPS game set in an alternate history where Winston Churchill is killed in 1931, England surrenders to Hitler in 1940, Pearl Harbor is never attacked by the Japanese, and America is not drawn into the war until the German Wehrmacht (war machine) lands on the U.S. east coast in 1953.Taking the role of Dan Carson - a reluctant New York City construction worker turned resistance fighter, gamers must survive the initial invasion before regrouping with other resistance members to take the fight back to the Nazis. Always outmanned and outgunned, players must use guerrilla tactics and hand to hand grappling combat as they attempt to stop the world’s most notorious war machine.
Kristine Miller, Hollywood Starlet of the 1940s, Dies at 90
Kristine Miller, a Hollywood starlet who appeared opposite film noir legend Lizabeth Scott in the 1940s classics I Walk Alone and Too Late for Tears, has died. She was 90.
Miller died in late 2015 in a hospital in Monterey, Calif., a family spokesman, who did not want to reveal the exact date, told The Hollywood Reporter. Her husband was television entrepreneur William H. Schuyler, who died in December 2013.
Miller had top billing in Jungle Patrol (1948), in which she played an entertainer of the troops who survives an attack during World War II. She also appeared as a mistress in Barbara Stanwyck’s Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) and as Donna Reed’s roommate in From Here to Eternity (1953).
In I Walk Alone (1948), Miller portrayed a socialite and the girlfriend of Kirk Douglas who famously smacks Burt Lancaster across the face, and in Too Late for Tears, she played the neighbor and sister-in-law of the shady Scott, whom she suspects has committed murder. (She was right.)
Later, Miller starred as Margaret “Jonesy” Jones in the 1950s Republic Pictures syndicated TV series Stories of the Century, about railroad detectives. It won an Emmy for best Western or adventure series.
Miller was born Jacqueline Olivia in Buenos Aires, where her father worked as a Standard Oil executive. In 1938, she, her mother (an opera singer) and her sister came to San Francisco, later settling in Los Angeles.
After appearing in high school productions, she attracted the attention of legendary producer Hal Wallis, who signed her to a contract at Paramount Pictures in July 1946 and changed her name for the screen.
Miller also appeared with Scott in Desert Fury (1947) and Paid in Full (1950), and her film résumé includes Shadow on the Wall (1950) and The Steel Fist (1952).
She also guest-starred on the TV shows Wagon Train, Father Knows Best, Dennis the Menace, The Donna Reed Show, The Millionaire and Tales of Wells Fargo.
Miller married Schuyler in 1953 and left show business in the early 1960s. Her husband headed sales for KTVU-TV in the Bay Area, and they moved to the Monterey Peninsula in 1968 as founders and co-owners of the CBS affiliate KMST. The Schuylers later founded other stations in Sacramento, Calif.; Boise, Idaho; and another one back in Monterey.
Schuyler received a lifetime achievement award and was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1986.
Survivors include their daughter Elizabeth. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel, Calif.