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Today in World War II History—January 20, 1940 & 1945

Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at White House, 20 Jan 1945 (Library of Congress)

Inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt at White House, 20 Jan 1945 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—January 20, 1940: Britain and France agree to send troops and supplies to aid Finland, but they will not arrive in time.

London’s coldest day since 1881—temperature dips to -20˚ F; people ice-skate on the Serpentine in Hyde Park.

75 Years Ago—Jan. 20, 1945: Hungary signs surrender to the Allies in Moscow.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated for his fourth term.

New song in the Top Ten: “Accentuate the Positive.”