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Today in World War II History—July 16, 1940 & 1945

Atomic bomb ‘Gadget’ exploding during Operation Trinity, Alamogordo, NM, 16 Jul 1945 (US Department of Energy)

Atomic bomb ‘Gadget’ exploding during Operation Trinity, Alamogordo, NM, 16 Jul 1945 (US Department of Energy)

80 Years Ago—July 16, 1940: Vichy France revokes citizenship of naturalized citizens who are Jewish.

Germany deports 22,000 French from Alsace (which will be annexed to Germany) to France.

75 Years Ago—July 16, 1945: First atomic bomb is detonated at Alamogordo, New Mexico.