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  • Cairo, Egypt
    Saturday Dec 4, 1943

    Winston Churchill

    Second Cairo Conference

    Cairo, Egypt
    Saturday Dec 4, 1943

    Churchill and Roosevelt held a second Cairo conference with Turkish president Ismet Inönü, but were unable to gain any commitment from Turkey to join the Allies.




  • Tunis
    Friday Dec 10, 1943

    Winston Churchill

    Churchill went from Cairo to Tunis

    Tunis
    Friday Dec 10, 1943

    Churchill went from Cairo to Tunis, arriving on 10 December, initially as Eisenhower's guest (soon afterward, Eisenhower took over as Supreme Allied Commander of the new SHAEF just being created in London). While Churchill was in Tunis, he became seriously ill with atrial fibrillation and was forced to remain until after Christmas while a succession of specialists was drafted in to ensure his recovery. Clementine and Colville arrived to keep him company; Colville had just returned to Downing Street after more than two years in the RAF.




  • U.S.
    Saturday Dec 11, 1943

    Frank Sinatra

    Military Rejection

    U.S.
    Saturday Dec 11, 1943

    Sinatra did not serve in the military during World War II. On December 11, 1943, he was officially classified 4-F ("Registrant not acceptable for military service") by his draft board because of a perforated eardrum. However, U.S. Army files reported that Sinatra was "not acceptable material from a psychiatric viewpoint", but his emotional instability was hidden to avoid "undue unpleasantness for both the selectee and the induction service".




  • Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Thursday Dec 30, 1943

    Fido (dog)

    Black Day

    Borgo San Lorenzo, Tuscany, Italy
    Thursday Dec 30, 1943

    This was during the Second World War, and on December 30, 1943, Borgo San Lorenzo was subjected to a violent allied bombardment: many factories were hit, and many workers, including Soriani, perished. That evening, Fido showed up as usual at the bus stop, but did not see his beloved master disembark.




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