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Today in World War II History—August 2, 1941

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings, 1942 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8b08080)

Deena Clark, Civilian Defense (right), and Tech. Sgt. Leo Malkins of the Army Air Forces (left) collecting used stockings, 1942 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8b08080)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 2, 1941: US Office of Production Management seizes silk supply and takes control of silk industry, restricts use of rayon, and reserves steel for government use only (See Make It Do: Stocking Shortages in World War II).

US bans oil exports except to Britain or Western Hemisphere nations.