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Today in World War II History—Aug. 1, 1940 & 1945

Duke of Windsor, Washington, DC, 14 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 199164)

Duke of Windsor, Washington, DC, 14 Aug 1945 (US National Archives: 199164)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 1, 1940: Duke of Windsor (former King Edward VIII) sails from Portugal to Bahamas, foiling a German kidnapping attempt.

Fires raging in Toyama, Japan during an American air raid, 1 Aug 1945 (US Air Force photo)

Fires raging in Toyama, Japan during an American air raid, 1 Aug 1945 (US Air Force photo)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 1, 1945: Biggest air raid ever over Japan—836 US B-29 Superfortresses are dispatched at night.

In US, penicillin is made available by prescription to civilians as tablets, ointment, and eye drops.

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