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January 12, 2011 |
Richard "Dick" Winters, the "Easy Company" commander whose World War II exploits were made famous by the book and television miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 92. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Winters as Williams in the second paragraph. Winters died Jan. 2 at an assisted living facility in Campbelltown, Pa., after battling Parkinson's disease for several years, said longtime family friend William Jackson.
February 15, 1985
The 40th anniversary reunion of all U.S. Marines and Navy personnel who participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima during World War II will be held Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Vicksburg, Miss. Information: (601) 636-7264 or (601) 636-2734.
September 13, 1999
I enjoyed Joel Greenberg's riff on "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" ("A Filial Fondness for Tales of Terror," Aug. 31), which also had a huge impact on me when I saw it back in the '50s, but I wanted to add that the last 15 minutes of the film, including the shocking scene of Dana Wynter's transformation, were shot right here in Hollywood. The townspeople of "Santa Mira" chase Wynter and Kevin McCarthy through Beachwood Village (then Hollywoodland) near the top of Beachwood Canyon Drive, then up the long stairs from Westshire Drive to Hollyridge Drive.
October 2, 1998 |
Within days of Germany's World War II defeat, Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered his aides to draft contingency plans for an Anglo-American invasion of the Soviet Union, a British newspaper reported. Citing documents recently discovered in Britain's public archives, the Daily Telegraph said the plan, code-named "Operation Unthinkable," eventually was rejected by Churchill and replaced with a strategy to guard against invasion by Josef Stalin's Red Army.
October 15, 2009 |
The government said at least 85,000 Iraqi civilians, military and police were killed from 2004 to 2008 in sectarian violence. What remains unanswered is how many died in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion and in the months of chaos immediately following it. A report released by the Human Rights Ministry said 85,694 people were killed from the beginning of 2004 to Oct. 31, 2008. The figures do not cover U.S. military deaths, insurgents, or foreigners, including contractors. And they do not include the first months of the war after the March 2003 invasion.
October 1, 1989
My family watched in amazement at "Totally Hidden Videos" on Sept. 10. The parade of cruel humor was nothing sort of irresponsible. Segments that involved assault and robbery, and a man in a wheelchair falling into a pool were not funny, but desperate. For the producers to solicit home videos that encourage pranks like ringing door bells is juvenile and should alert viewers and the Fox network to question the show's validity. And speaking of the producers, they should change their company name from Invasion of Privacy Inc. to Invasion of Integrity.