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Today in World War II History—November 22, 1940 & 1945

Bette Davis & John Garfield, founders of the Hollywood Canteen, 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Bette Davis & John Garfield, founders of the Hollywood Canteen, 1942 (public domain via Wikipedia)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 22, 1940: Luftwaffe’s heaviest raid on Birmingham, England—the 11-hour raid causes 600 fires.

In Delft, the Netherlands, 500 students demonstrate against the Nazis after Jewish professors are dismissed.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 22, 1945: Thanksgiving is celebrated in America; Macy’s parade resumes after being cancelled from 1942-44. [Read more: Thanksgiving in World War II]

Hollywood Canteen closes after having entertained 4 million servicemen; the 3000 volunteers included many movie stars.

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