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Today in World War II History—November 14, 1940 & 1945

Winston Churchill in the ruined nave of Coventry Cathedral, England, severely damaged in air raid, 14–15th November 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 14250)

Winston Churchill in the ruined nave of Coventry Cathedral, England, severely damaged in air raid, 14–15th November 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 14250)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1940: Luftwaffe bombers destroy historic Coventry, England, including the 14th-century cathedral, in operation Mondlicht Sonate (Moonlight Sonata); 568 killed.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 14, 1945: Penicillin is reported as a treatment for scarlet fever.