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This Day in History: 1942-05-04

The Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Imperial Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies).  Food rationing begins in U.S..  German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages.  Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow for “In This Our Life”.

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