This Week in 1945 (September 13–19)
This week (Sept 13-19) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)…
World War II
*A very special post-war message from Bing Crosby…
*Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London for treason.
*Typhoon Makurazaki in Japan kills 3,746 people.
*Big news across the country: Shirley Temple, who had her first movie kiss only a few months ago, will be married Wednesday night to Sgt. John George Agar. Flowers Cost $2,500 for ‘No Circus’ Ceremony.
*The first-place Cubs lead by 3-1/2 games.
*The roughest, toughest, most aggressive air combat leader to come out of the Pacific war —Gregory [Pappy] Boyington— comes home. He will become immortalized in the TV series “Ba Ba Black Sheep” starring Chicagoan Robert Conrad.
*Peter Cetera has his first birthday, Walter Koenig (who becomes “Chekov” on Star Trek) turns 7, and Mike Royko celebrates his 13th birthday.
*The Tribune reports: DELAY EXPECTED IN COMPLETING U. S. 66 PAVING – Final Bids Received Only Two Weeks Ago: Completion of the new 24 foot pavement on U. S. 66, the major highway building job attempted in Illinois during the war, probably will be delayed until next year, road building officials said yesterday.
*1000 whites walk out of nearby Gary, Indiana schools to protest integration.
Price Check: Average Cost for house rent $60.00 per month, Mens Shirts go for $2.50.
In Pop Culture
*“Lady on a Train” starring Deanna Durbin and (Chicagoan) Ralph Bellamy is released.
*Peter Falk turns 18. He is serving in the merchant marines as a cook.
*Jackie Bisset turns 1.
*Future Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson is born.
Cub of the week: PAUL GILLESPIE
He is a big strong boy, just off a two year stint in the Coast Guard, and back with the Cubs as their only left-handed hitting catcher. At 6’3″, 195 pounds, he’s an imposing figure in the batter’s box. Gillespie will hit .288 and knock in 25 runs in 75 games, and will even get a shot at playing in the World Series (he goes 0 for 6), but he’ll never play in the big leagues again after this memorable pennant winning season.
- Ba Ba Black Sheep
- Bill Nicholson
- Bing Crosby
- Chez Paree
- Danny Thomas
- Deanna Durbin
- Jackie Bisset
- Lady on a Train
- Lord Haw Haw
- Mike Royko
- Pappy Boyington
- Paul Gillespie
- Peter Cetera
- Peter Falk
- Phil Jackson
- Ralph Bellamy
- Robert Conrad
- Rt. 66
- Sgt. John George Agar
- Shirley Temple
- Typhoon Makurazaki
- Walter Koenig
- William Joyce