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Today in World War II History—November 16, 1940 & 1945

Broadgate in Coventry city centre following the Coventry Blitz of 14/15 November 1940. The burnt-out shell of the Owen Owen department store (which had only opened in 1937) overlooks a scene of devastation, 16 November 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 5600)

Broadgate in Coventry city centre following the Coventry Blitz of 14/15 November 1940. The burnt-out shell of the Owen Owen department store (which had only opened in 1937) overlooks a scene of devastation, 16 November 1940 (Imperial War Museum: H 5600)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 16, 1940: King George VI visits Coventry to view damage.

Greek air force scores first victories, shooting down 10 Italian planes.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 16, 1945: Movie premiere of Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend, starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman (will receive Oscars for best picture, best actor, and best director).

Premiere of The Friendly Ghost, the first Casper the Friendly Ghost cartoon.