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This Day In History: 1942-06-21

German forces led by Generaloberst (Colonel General) Erwin Rommel captured the Libyan city of Tobruk. (Rommel was promoted by Adolf Hitler to  the rank of Field Marshall.  Tobruk was retaken by the Allies in November 1942.) An Imperial Japanese submarine fired shells at Fort Stevens on the Oregon coast, causing little damage.  Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. to meet with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  A temperature of 129°F (54°C), reached in Tirat Zevi, Israel (Asian record).

 

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