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Today in World War II History—June 16, 1941

Douglas DC-3 of Eastern Air Lines taxiing at Washington National Airport, 1 July 1941 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8a36214)

Douglas DC-3 of Eastern Air Lines taxiing at Washington National Airport, 1 July 1941 (Library of Congress: LC-DIG-fsa-8a36214)

80 Years Ago—June 16, 1941: US State Department orders all German consulates in the US to be closed by July 10, and all German news and propaganda agencies to be closed (embassy to remain open in Washington, DC).

Ford’s Willow Run plant to produce B-24 Liberator bombers is dedicated.

Washington National Airport opens with one hangar (now Reagan International Airport).