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Today in World War II History—December 14, 1939 & 1944

Finnish Foreign Minister Rudolf Holsti speaking at the League of Nations General Assembly, protesting the Soviet invasion, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Dec 1939 (public domain via WW2 Database)

Finnish Foreign Minister Rudolf Holsti speaking at the League of Nations General Assembly, protesting the Soviet invasion, Geneva, Switzerland, 11 Dec 1939 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—December 14, 1939: The League of Nations expels the USSR in response to the Soviet invasion of Finland.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 14, 1944: US Navy Task Force 38 carrier aircraft attack airfields on Luzon in the Philippines, destroying 170 Japanese aircraft.

US authorizes ranks of fleet admiral and general of the army as new 5-star ranks.

Movie premiere of National Velvet, starring Mickey Rooney and twelve-year-old Elizabeth Taylor.