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GERMAN AIR RAID HITS LONDON IN 1940

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German bomber flying over Britain during the Blitz.


On the evening of December 29, 1940, London suffers its most devastating
air raid when Germans firebomb the city. Hundreds of fires caused by the
exploding bombs engulfed areas of London, but firefighters showed a
valiant indifference to the bombs falling around them and saved much
of the city from destruction. The next day, a newspaper photo of St. Paul’s Cathedral standing undamaged amid the smoke and flames seemed to
symbolize the capital’s unconquerable spirit during the
Battle of Britain.

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The dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, visible through smoke generated by German incendiary bombs.

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HISTORY WAS MADE ON THIS DAY

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PT-109 WAS ATTACKED ON THIS DAY IN 1943

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LTJG Kennedy (standing at far right) with his crew on PT-109 in 1943.

On this day in 1943, future President John F. Kennedy was serving as the
commander of a torpedo boat in the Solomon Islands when his ship was
fired upon by the Japanese navy.   
 

As a young man, Kennedy had desperately wanted to go into the Navy but
was originally rejected because of chronic health problems, particularly a
back injury he had sustained playing football while attending Harvard
University. In 1941, though, his politically connected father used his
influence to get Jack, as he  was called, into the Navy. In 1942,
Kennedy volunteered for PT (motorized torpedo) boat duty in the
Pacific.   

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The Battle of Midway began on this day in 1942. It was the first major victory for America over Japan and a turning point in the Pacific
during World War II. The battle ended on June 6 and prevented
further Japanese expansion in the Pacific.

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IT MADE HISTORY ON THIS DAY

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