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Today in World War II History—June 26, 1940 & 1945

Wu Yifang signing the United Nations Charter, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, California, 26 Jun 1945 (public domain, Republic of China Ministry of the National Defense)

Wu Yifang signing the United Nations Charter, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, California, 26 Jun 1945 (public domain, Republic of China Ministry of the National Defense)

80 Years Ago—June 26, 1940: French General Charles De Gaulle forms French Volunteer Legion in London.

USSR orders 56-hr work week, imprisonment for quitting jobs, and fines for tardiness.

Britain reduces meat ration due to shipping losses from German U-boats.

75 Years Ago—June 26, 1945: The United Nations Charter is signed by fifty nations in San Francisco.

Former Czechoslovakian president Emil Hácha, who allowed German occupation under duress and was imprisoned in May 1945 for suspected collaboration, dies in prison.