Today in History for December 7th

On this date in 1941, Japanese forces attack the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii – prompting America under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter World War II. (Dec. 7)

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Pope Francis holds a mass at Assumption Cathedral | AFP

Pope Francis leads a mass for young Catholics at Bangkok’s 109-year-old Cathedral of the Assumption on the last day of his visit to Thailand. He heads to Japan on Saturday for the second and final leg of his Asia tour, which will include visits to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, both devastated by atomic bombs by the US during World War II.

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Today in History for November 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Josef Stalin consolidates power in USSR; World War II’s naval Battle of Guadalcanal begins; Women’s rights pioneer Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Actress-turned-royalty Grace Kelly and singer Neil Young born. (Nov. 12)

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Deep-sea explorers find Battle of Midway warships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese warship deep in the Pacific where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place. (Oct. 20)

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Deep-sea explorers hunt for sunken WWII ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships are honing in on sonar readings of debris fields deep in the Pacific. They recently discovered a Japanese aircraft carrier that went down during the Battle of Midway. (Oct. 18)

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ director felt shame dressing as Hitler

“Jojo Rabbit” writer-director Taika Waititi says he felt “shame and embarrassment” seeing himself for the first time in costume as Adolf Hitler. In the World War II satire, Waititi plays a boy’s imagined version of the murderous Nazi leader. (Oct. 16)

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World War II bomber crashes; 7 reported dead

A World War II-era plane with 13 people aboard crashed and burned at the Hartford airport after encountering mechanical trouble on takeoff Wednesday, killing seven of them. (Oct. 3)

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Collapse of UK travel giant Thomas Cook strands thousands | AFP

British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, leaving some 600,000 holidaymakers stranded and sparking the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II.

The 178-year-old debt-plagued group, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million ($250 million, 227 million euros) from private investors.

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Tourists stranded in Spain after Thomas Cook folds | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook has declared bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of tourists stranded in Mallorca

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Thomas Cook folds, sparking worldwide repatriation of tourists | AFP

British travel group Thomas Cook declares bankruptcy after failing to reach a last-ditch rescue deal, triggering the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II to bring back tens of thousands of stranded passengers. IMAGES of a Thomas Cook branch

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Today in History for September 7th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Blitz on Britain begins in World War II; Mobutu Sese Seko dies; Panama Canal Treaties signed; Rapper Tupac Shakur shot; ESPN debuts; Pro Football Hall of Fame dedicated; Rock star Buddy Holly born. (Sept. 7)

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Today in History for September 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Japan signs surrender, officially ending World War II; Union forces occupy Atlanta during the Civil War; A great fire ravages medieval London; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh dies; Wreckage of the Titanic found. (Sept. 2)

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Poland, Germany recall first WWII Nazi bombs 80 years on | AFP

The heads of state of Poland and Germany mark 80 years since the outbreak of history’s bloodiest conflict with a ceremony in the Polish city of Wielun, where the first World War II bombs fell. IMAGES

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Trump says canceling Poland trip to focus on hurricane situation | AFP

US President Donald Trump says he has canceled his trip to attend World War II anniversary commemorations in Poland so that he can deal with the approaching Hurricane Dorian. He says he will be sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place because “the storm looks like it could be a very, very big one indeed.” SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for August 25th

Highlights of this day in history: Paris liberated during World War II; A first swim across the English Channel; Actor Sean Connery, composer Leonard Bernstein, and musician Elvis Costello born; Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ released. (Aug. 25)

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Today in History for August 23rd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazis and Soviets sign a non-aggression pact on eve of World War II; Sacco and Vanzetti executed; Defrocked priest John Geoghan killed; Movie star Rudolph Valentino and Broadway’s Oscar Hammerstein die. (Aug. 23)

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Japan’s new emperor speaks of ‘deep remorse’ in 1st speech marking WWII | AFP

Japan’s new emperor speaks of “deep remorse” over the country’s wartime past, in his first speech to commemorate the end of World War II since his enthronement in May.

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Today in History for August 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Allies mark VJ-Day as World War II effectively ends; Woodstock begins; France’s Napoleon Bonaparte born; India gains independence; Blast hits Omagh, N. Ireland; ‘The Wizard of Oz’ premieres in Hollywood. (Aug. 15)

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Today in History for August 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Truman announces Japan’s surrender in World War II; Blackout hits Northeast U.S., Canada; FDR signs Social Security; British troops arrive in N. Ireland; A strike in Cold War Poland; Steve Martin born. (Aug. 14)

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Today in History for August 12th

Highlights of this day in history: Last U.S. combat troops leave Vietnam; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. killed in World War II; N.J. Gov. McGreevey to resign after declaring he’s gay; Russian sub Kursk explodes; Director Cecil B. DeMille born. (Aug. 12)

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Today in History for August 8th

Highlights of this day in history: President Richard Nixon says he’ll resign; Thieves stage Britain’s ‘Great Train Robbery’; Nazi saboteurs in the U.S. executed during World War II; Mexico’s Emiliano Zapata and actor Dustin Hoffman born. (Aug. 8)

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Today in History for August 6th

Highlights of this day in history: The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II; LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act; Pope Paul VI dies; Scientist Alexander Fleming born; Funk singer Rick James dies. (Aug. 6)

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