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Event Type: Key Events of WW II


The MGM musical “For Me and My Gal” staring Judy Garland and featuring the film debut of Gene Kelly, premiered in New York.


Japanese-American Iva Toguri D’Aquino, suspected of being wartime broadcaster “Tokyo Rose” was arrested in Yokohamo.  (D’Aquino was later convicted of treason and served six years in prison.  She was pardoned [ … ]


Walt Disney’s animated feature “Bambi” had its U.S. premier at Radio City Music Hall in New York, five days after its world premier in London, England.


The first battle of El Alamein in Egypt ended in a draw as Allied forces stalled the progress of Axis invaders.  (The Allies went on to win a clear victory [ … ]


Some 1,500 Jews are gassed in Auschwitz.   David Ben-Gurion leaves Jewish state in Palestine.  German submarine U-507 sunk the 10,000 ton SS Virginia in the mouth of the Mississippi, killing 26 [ … ]


Hermann Goering’s Division in Tunisia surrenders.  U.S. 7th Division landed on the Aleutian Island of Attu, which was held by the Japanese. (The Americans recaptured the Island 19 days later.)


Japanese troops capture Kalewa, Burma.  William Faulkner’s collections of short stories, “Go Down, Moses”, is published.


Allies capture Rangoon, Burma from the Japanese.   Soviet troops occupy Prague,  


Chinese offensive in West-Yunnan. China.  United States Supreme Court  in Smith v Allwright ruled that excluding Blacks from primary voting is illegal.


The Thai Phayap Army invades the Shan States during the Burma Campaign.


With World War II in Europe at an end, Soviet Forces liberated Czechoslovakia from Nazi occupation.  U.S. officials announced that a midnight entertainment curfew was being lifted immediately.  Hermann Goering [ … ]


The 1st eye bank opens in New York.   Country singer Jimmie Davis becomes governor of Louisiana.  Dutch resistance fighter Gerard Musch arrested.  Joe McCarthy returns as Yankee manager after an illness.  Russians recapture [ … ]


5th German Panzer army surrenders in Tunisia.  Rotschild-Haddassh University Hospital opens.


The 67th Preakness: Basil James aboard Alsab wins in 1:57.


V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after German General Wilhelm Von Keitel formally surrenders to Marshal Georgy Zhukov and the Soviets in Berlin. President Harry S. Truman announced in a radio address [ … ]

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