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Today in World War II History—May 6, 1940 & 1945

First edition cover of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939

First edition cover of The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, 1939

80 Years Ago—May 6, 1940: John Steinbeck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath.

75 Years Ago—May 6, 1945: German SS troops try to crush uprising in Prague, Czechoslovakia, but resistance will prevail.

All Italy is occupied by the Allies.

Off Newfoundland, US destroyer escort Farquhar sinks German U-boat U-881, the last submarine sunk in the Atlantic by US forces.