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Today in World War II History—December 16, 1940 & 1945

Fumimaro Konoe, 1938 (Japanese Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office)

Fumimaro Konoe, 1938 (Japanese Cabinet Intelligence and Research Office)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 16, 1940: RAF conducts first deliberate area bombing, to Mannheim, Germany.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 16, 1945: Former Japanese Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe commits suicide as US sweeps Japan for war criminals.