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Today in World War II History—July 26, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 26, 1944: President Roosevelt meets with General MacArthur and Admiral Nimitz in Honolulu to determine strategy in the Pacific. The decision is made to invade the Philippines rather than Formosa.

Today in World War II History—July 25, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 25, 1944: Operation Cobra: US forces begin breakout from Normandy. While supporting Cobra, US Eighth Air Force accidentally bombs friendly troops, killing 102, including Lt. Gen. Lesley McNair.

Today in World War II History—July 20, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 20, 1944: Operation Valkyrie – German officers attempt to assassinate Hitler, led by Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg. The following coup attempt also fails.

Today in World War II History—July 17, 1944

65 Years Ago: July 17, 1944: Port Chicago Explosion: two ships explode at the US Naval Magazine in Port Chicago, California, killing 322 (mostly black sailors) in the largest home front disaster of the war. The resulting controversy exposes discrimination in the armed forces and leads to the desegregation of the Navy.