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Today in World War II History—February 13, 1940 & 1945

Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul-Aziz (Ibn Saud) of Saudi Arabia aboard USS Quincy, Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, 14 Feb 1945 (US National Archives: USA C-545)

Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul-Aziz (Ibn Saud) of Saudi Arabia aboard USS Quincy, Great Bitter Lake, Egypt, 14 Feb 1945 (US National Archives: USA C-545)

80 Years Ago—February 13, 1940: Britain cracks down on unauthorized slaughterhouses (“steakeasies”) trying to circumvent rationing.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 13, 1945: Soviets take Budapest, Hungary, opening the Danube Valley for the drive to Vienna; 110,000 POWs taken.

In Manila, US troops capture Nichols Field and Cavite naval base.

On his way home from the Yalta Conference, Pres. Franklin Roosevelt meets with kings Farouk of Egypt, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, but is unable to convince them to allow Jewish settlement in Palestine.