Monday Feb 14, 1944
Today is a bitter cold Valentine’s Day. Despite Mayor LaGuardia’s prayer for a weather break, it’s 23’. That means the snow not only won’t melt, it’s hardening. We Brooklynites are taking it in stride. Kids are extra happy – snowshoeing, skiing, and sledding in the streets – since it’s a holiday, the official celebration of Lincoln’s birthday. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports on page 3 that street clearing efforts have been aided by volunteers from the Manhattan Beach Coast Guard Station and 400 prisoners from Rikers Island. In Eastern Europe, the Russians have closed the pincer operation on Nazis at the edge of Latvia. In Italy, Allies regained the initiative at the Anzio Beachhead south of Rome. With Allied bombers grounded there by bad weather, the British forces fired their guns until the river was clogged with dead Nazis and the Germans finally withdrew.