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Today in World War II History—February 21, 1940 & 1945

Eric Liddell at the British Empire versus United States of America meet at Stamford Bridge, London, 19 July 1924 (Public domain via Wikipedia)

Eric Liddell at the British Empire versus United States of America meet at Stamford Bridge, London, 19 July 1924 (Public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—February 21, 1940: Cavity magnetron is used for the first time, at the University of Birmingham in England.

Britain reduces passenger train service due to coal shortage.

75 Years Ago—Feb. 21, 1945: US Sixth Army secures Bataan Peninsula on Luzon.

Scottish Olympic runner Eric Liddell (memorialized in Chariots of Fire for refusing to run on the Sabbath) dies in a Japanese internment camp in China, where he had served as a missionary.