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Today in World War II History—Jan. 7, 1943

Marian Anderson, 1940 (Library of Congress)

Marian Anderson, 1940 (Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—Jan. 7, 1943: Churchill agrees to release Gandhi from prison due to his hunger strike.

African-American opera singer Marian Anderson performs in Constitution Hall after having been denied permission to sing there in 1939.

First American Red Cross Aeroclub opens at a US Eighth Air Force air base in England.

Nikola Tesla, the inventor of the AC electrical system, dies in New York City, age 86.

Nikola Tesla on the cover of Time Magazine for his 75th birthday, 20 July 1931 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Nikola Tesla on the cover of Time Magazine for his 75th birthday, 20 July 1931 (public domain via Wikipedia)