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Today in World War II History—May 17, 1940 & 1945

Ipo Dam on Luzon (US Army Center of Military History)

Ipo Dam on Luzon (US Army Center of Military History)

80 Years Ago—May 17, 1940: Germans take Brussels, Belgium.

French 4th Armored Division under Gen. Charles de Gaulle attacks the German southern flank at Laon, France, but fails.

Paris is declared a military zone, martial law is declared, and police begin carrying rifles.

Movie premiere of comedy My Favorite Wife, starring Irene Dunne & Cary Grant

75 Years Ago—May 17, 1945: On Luzon in the Philippines, US Sixth Army takes Ipo Dam intact.

National Gallery in London opens an exhibit of masterpieces returned from wartime storage.