Milestones, Aug. 14, 1944

Born. To John Steinbeck, 42, author, and Gwyn Conger Steinbeck, 28, his second wife: their first child, a son; in Manhattan. Name: Thom. Weight: 6 lbs. 10 oz.

Born. To Charles Spencer Chaplin, 55, and Oona O'Neill Chaplin, 19, his fourth wife: their (and her) first child, a daughter; in Santa Monica, Calif. Name: Geraldine. Weight: 6 lbs. 11½ oz.

Married. Navy Lieut. William Frederick Halsey III, 28, son of the Third Fleet's famed Admiral Halsey; and Mary Jane Selkirk, 22, daughter of famed St. Louis Auctioneer Benjamin J. Selkirk; in Greenville, Del.

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