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Today in World War II History—November 7, 1940 & 1945

Tacoma Narrows Bridge on opening day, 1 July 1940 (public domain, University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections)

Tacoma Narrows Bridge on opening day, 1 July 1940 (public domain, University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 7, 1940: Free French troops land near Libreville, Gabon, in Vichy French-held French Equatorial Africa.

Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington collapses in windstorm. See the film showing collapse of Tacoma Narrows Bridge, 7 November 1940 (public domain via Stillman Fires Collection: Tacoma Fire Department):

 

75 Years Ago—Nov. 7, 1945: Bell Aircraft Corporation conducts the first remote-control flight of a P-59 Airacomet jet using a TV in the cockpit.