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Today in World War II History—April 23, 1940 & 1945

US Army engineers place a steel treadway bridge across the Po River (US Army Center of Military History)

US Army engineers place a steel treadway bridge across the Po River (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—April 23, 1940: About two hundred people die in a fire at the Rhythm Night Club in Natchez, Mississippi.

75 Years Ago—Apr. 23, 1945: Soviet troops enter Berlin proper.

US Fifth Army crosses the Po River in Italy and takes La Spezia.

SS troops finish executing the last twenty conspirators in the July 20 Hitler assassination attempt, including Klaus Bonhoeffer and Rüdiger Schleicher, Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s brother and brother-in-law.