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Today in World War II History—July 18, 1940 & 1945

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933 (US Library of Congress) and Henry A. Wallace (US Department of Agriculture)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933 (US Library of Congress) and Henry A. Wallace (US Department of Agriculture)

80 Years Ago—July 18, 1940: Royal Air Force sinks German invasion barges in Rotterdam, Holland and St. Omer, France.

At Democratic convention in Chicago, Franklin Roosevelt is nominated for third term as president with vice presidential candidate Henry A. Wallace.

Strike photo taken by USS Hancock aircraft showing an attack on the Yokosuka Navy Yard, Tokyo Bay, Japan, 18 Jul 1945 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

Strike photo taken by USS Hancock aircraft showing an attack on the Yokosuka Navy Yard, Tokyo Bay, Japan, 18 Jul 1945 (US National Museum of Naval Aviation)

75 Years Ago—July 18, 1945: US Third Fleet carrier aircraft sink Japan’s last big battleship, the Nagato, at Yokosuka naval base near Tokyo.

At Bedford Naval Magazine in Nova Scotia, explosions occur for 24 hours, but only one person is killed.