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Today in World War II History—June 24, 1940 & 1945

US Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, Navy Department, Washington, DC, circa 1943 (US Navy photo 80-G-399009)

US Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, Navy Department, Washington, DC, circa 1943 (US Navy photo 80-G-399009)

80 Years Ago—June 24, 1940: British government sends gold bullion and securities to Canada for safekeeping.

Charles Edison (son of Thomas) resigns as Secretary of the Navy to run for governor of New Jersey; Roosevelt appoints Republican interventionist Frank Knox, publisher of the Chicago Daily News, to replace Edison.

75 Years Ago—June 24, 1945: In a bombing raid, the RAF destroys the infamous bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand, built at great cost by slaves and prisoners of the Japanese.

Australians take Sarawak, Borneo.