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Today in World War II History—Aug. 10, 1940 & 1945

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket at Auburn, MA, 8 March 1926 (NASA photo)

Dr. Robert H. Goddard and a liquid oxygen-gasoline rocket at Auburn, MA, 8 March 1926 (NASA photo)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 10, 1940: British agree to withdraw from Shanghai and northern China to appease Japan and to reinforce Singapore and India.

In occupied Belgium, Germany bans listening to the BBC on the radio.

75 Years Ago—Aug. 10, 1945: Emperor Hirohito tells Japanese government to accept Potsdam Declaration demanding unconditional surrender; Japanese send word to US that they will surrender if they can retain Hirohito as emperor.

Dr. Robert H. Goddard, engineer who built the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket, dies of throat cancer in Baltimore, MD, age 62. (Read more about Goddard: “The Moon Landings–The World War II Connection”)