Daily Archives: July 28, 2013

President Roosevelt announces ‘first crack in the Axis,’ ends coffee rationing 70 years ago today (1943)


Video: 'Franklin D. Roosevelt's War Progress Report'

(Wednesday, July 28, 1943, 9:30 p.m. EWT; during the Allied invasion of Sicily, part of the Italian Campaign of World War II) — During a speech on the fall of Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt informed the nation that “the first crack in the Axis has come.” He also announced the end of coffee rationing, which had limited people to one pound of coffee every five weeks since it began in November 1942.

Allied bombing over Hamburg, Germany leaves 30,000 dead 70 years ago today (1943)


Video: 'The World At War: Whirlwind Bombing Germany 3/5' (Hamburg raids, July 27-28, 1943, at 9:30)

(Wednesday, July 28, 1943; during the Operation Gomorrha, part of the European Theater of World War II) — In the greatest single-day loss of life in wartime up to then, more than 30,000 residents of the German port city of Hamburg were killed last night and today when British bombers carried out Operation Gomorrha. Continue reading Allied bombing over Hamburg, Germany leaves 30,000 dead 70 years ago today (1943)