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Today in World War II History—December 19, 1940 & 1945

President Kyösti Kallio of Finland (resigned) and Field Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim at Helsinki railway station, Finland, 19 Dec 1940; Pres. Risto Ryti, Lt Gen Heindrichs, and Col Paasonen in background, moments before Kallio’s death (public domain via Museovirasto via Wikipedia)

President Kyösti Kallio of Finland (resigned) and Field Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim at Helsinki railway station, Finland, 19 Dec 1940; Pres. Risto Ryti, Lt Gen Heindrichs, and Col Paasonen in background, moments before Kallio’s death (public domain via Museovirasto via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 19, 1940: Kyösti Kallio, President of Finland, dies at his own resignation ceremony; replaced by Risto Ryti.

Ten thousand civilians evacuated from Malta arrive in Britain.

Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the UN, July 1947 (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ID #65732)

Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the UN, July 1947 (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ID #65732)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 19, 1945: Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed a delegate to the UN General Assembly.

Movie premiere of They Were Expendable, starring John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, and Donna Reed, about PT boats in the fall of the Philippines.