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Today in World War II History—July 15, 1940 & 1945

Insignia of the US 1st Armored Division

Insignia of the US 1st Armored Division

80 Years Ago—July 15, 1940: Democratic Party convention opens in Chicago.

RAF reduces pilot training from three months to one month.

US establishes its first armored divisions, the 1st and 2nd Armored Divisions.

The rector of Old Bolingbroke, England, is sentenced to 4 weeks prison for ringing a church bell (reserved for invasion alerts).

Britain bans fireworks, kites, and balloons.

75 Years Ago—July 15, 1945: Italy declares war on Japan.