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Today in World War II History—Feb. 25, 1942

Antiaircraft fire over Los Angeles, CA, 24-25 February 1942 (California State Archives)

Antiaircraft fire over Los Angeles, CA, 24-25 February 1942 (California State Archives)

75 Years Ago—Feb. 25, 1942: “Battle of Los Angeles”: In Los Angeles, false reports of enemy planes (actually a rogue weather balloon) lead to firing of antiaircraft guns during night of Feb. 24-25; 5 civilians die from resulting car accidents or heart attacks.

British Gen. Sir Archibald Wavell named Commander in Chief, India.

President Roosevelt bans racial discrimination in defense industry.