Today in World War II History—Apr. 19, 1942 POSTED: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 by Sarah Sundin Capt. Ronald Reagan working for the Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit in Culver City, CA, 1943-44 (US Army Air Force photo) 75 Years Ago—Apr. 19, 1942: Japanese secure Cebu in Philippines. Future president Lt. Ronald Reagan, a reserve cavalry officer, is called to active duty; he will serve in the Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit.