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Event Type: Key Events of WW II


The federal government relinquished control of the nation’s railroads to their owners following settlement of a wage dispute.


The HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed , including 1,015 American troops.


American troops begin landing in Japan following the surrender of the Japanese government


U.S. Army Lt. General Joseph Stillwell, frustrated over being driven out of Burma by Japanese forces, told reporters in Delhi, India:  “I claim we got a hell of a beating.”


As Russian troops approached his Berlin Bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one day, Eva Braun.  The radio show “Queen for Today” (later “Queen for a [ … ]


American soldiers liberated the Dachau concentration camp.  Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun inside his “Fuhrerbunker” and designated Admiral Karl Doenitz President.


Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and his mistress Clara Petacci, were executed by Italian partisans as they attempted to flee the country.


The first edition of “The Stranger” (L’Etranger), Albert Camus’ highly influential absurdist novel, was published in Nazi-occupied Paris by Gallimard.


Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, commander-in-chief of the Japanese Combined Fleet was shot down and killed by U.S. fighters while approaching Bougainville in the Solomon Islands.


Composer Sergei Rachmanioff, 69, died in Beverly Hills, California.


George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York.


A near-riot of bobby-soxers greeted the opening of Frank Sinatra’s singing engagement at the Paramount Theater in New York’s Times Square.


The Aram Khachaturian ballet “Gayane” featuring the surging “Sabre Dance” was first performed by Russia’s Kirov Ballet.


U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo Nomura, setting forth U.S. demands for “lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific [ … ]


Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Opus No 1” for RCA Victor.

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