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Today in World War II History—Feb. 19, 1942

Exclusion Order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry, 1 April 1942 (US National Archives)

Exclusion Order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry, 1 April 1942 (US National Archives)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 19, 1942: President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing designation of military zones and removal of certain persons, which will lead to the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Largest-ever attack on Australia: 242 Japanese aircraft bomb Darwin and Broome, sinking 12 ships, destroying almost all aircraft, and killing 200.

Canadian parliament passes conscription law.

Explosion of MV Neptuna, hit during the Japanese air raid on Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942 (Royal Australian Navy photo)

Explosion of MV Neptuna, hit during the Japanese air raid on Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942 (Royal Australian Navy photo)