Today in World War II History—Aug. 30, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—Aug. 30, 1940: Vichy France signs Matsuoka-Henry Pact allowing Japan to station troops in French Indochina and to use airfields, ports, and railroads (ratified 9/22/40).
75 Years Ago—Aug. 30, 1945: Yokosuka Naval Base outside Tokyo is officially turned over to the US.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur arrives in Japan and makes Yokosuka the Supreme Allied Command Headquarters.
The US flag that flew over the US Capitol on Dec. 7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day) is flown over Tokyo.
British task force enters Hong Kong to establish law and order.
French commissioner convinces Laotian King Sisavang Vong to retract declaration of independence.
A Hudson Super Six coupe rolls off Detroit assembly line, the first postwar car.