75 Years Ago—Apr. 23, 1941: King George of Greece and his government evacuated to Crete as Germans advance. Charles Lindbergh speaks to 30,000 in New York, in the first mass meeting of the isolationist America First Committee; condemns Britain for war.
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75 Years Ago—Apr. 22, 1941: US Army Engineer Replacement Training Center opens at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 21, 1941: Greek First Army surrenders to Germans in northern Greece.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 20, 1941: Greek forces in Albania surrender. Luftwaffe launches raid on Athens and Piraeus, sinking five ships—heavy raids will continue for next three days. Riot between Sikhs and Muslims in Bombay, India leads to 400 casualties.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 19, 1941: Luftwaffe sends 712 bombers to London, 449 killed, including 34 firemen, the largest single loss of firefighters in British history. British women ages 20-30 are conscripted for war work; mothers of children under 14 are exempt.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 18, 1941: As Germans advance in Greece, Prime Minister Alexandros Koryzis commits suicide; King George assumes leadership. British & Indian troops land in Basra, Iraq to counteract the new pro-Axis government.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 17, 1941: Yugoslavia signs armistice with Germany. In Iraq, Rashid Ali asks for German aid in expelling British.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 16, 1941: First US Lend-Lease food arrives in Britain. British destroyers sink all eight ships in an Axis convoy off Tunisia; 1800 killed.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 15, 1941: Germans take Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Luftwaffe bombs Belfast, Northern Ireland, killing 758. Igor Sikorsky flies first official rotor helicopter flight, of a Vought-Sikorsky VS-300 in Stratford, CT; flight lasts over one hour.
75 Years Ago—Apr. 14, 1941: King Peter II and Yugoslavian government escape to Athens. Kaiser shipyards in Richmond, California lay keel for its first ship, the Ocean Vanguard; 747 ships will be built in Richmond.