Note: This is an encore post from 2011.
Nov. 9, 1941: Amid the gathering clouds of World War II, President Roosevelt declares what will be the last peacetime Thanksgiving.
Noting American aid to nations fighting the Axis, Roosevelt says: “Let us ask the divine blessing of our decision and determination to protect our way of life against the forces of evil and slavery which seek in these days to encompass us.”
It is also the last time the nation will celebrate an early Thanksgiving. Roosevelt tried extending the pre-Christmas shopping season by making the holiday one week earlier, but merchants didn’t report any improvement in business.
On the jump:
— A teary Josephine Trout, a 19-year-old unwed mother, is reunited with her month-old daughter, Camellia Ann, after abandoning her in a downtown hotel two weeks earlier. After the brief reunion, Trout was taken back to jail on charges of child abandonment.
— Msgr. Bernhard Lichtenberg, dean of St. Hedwig’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Berlin, is arrested by the Gestapo. His crime: praying for the Jews. He died in prison in 1943.
— “Hot Spot,” with former mystery photo subject Laird Cregar, is opening at Grauman’s Chinese and Loew’s State.
— Not one Hollywood star in 10 can act, if judged by the old standards of the legitimate stage, but acting isn’t necessary, for behind the players stand capable directors to interpret their scenes and opulent studios ready to laugh off the filming of 20 or 30 “dud takes” in order to get one that’s OK, Jimmie Fidler says.