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Today in World War II History—June 3, 1943

Soldier inspecting zoot suits at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, 1942 (Library of Congress)

Soldier inspecting zoot suits at the Uline Arena, Washington DC, 1942 (Library of Congress)

75 Years Ago—June 3, 1943: Zoot Suit Riots begin—US Navy sailors and Mexican-Americans scuffle in Los Angeles, as servicemen resent flamboyant “unpatriotic” clothing of Latino youth; over the next several days over 150 people will be injured.

French Committee for National Liberation formed in Algiers, Algeria, under joint leadership of former rivals Generals Charles de Gaulle and Henri Giraud.

Patent filed by American engineer Hurley Smith for the first plastic pocket protector.