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Today in World War II History—November 26, 1940 & 1945

Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito at the US Embassy in Tokyo, Sept. 27, 1945 (US Army photo)

Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito at the US Embassy in Tokyo, Sept. 27, 1945 (US Army photo)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 26, 1940: Luftwaffe bomb narrowly misses the underground Cabinet War Rooms in London.

Britain announces that after Christmas, bananas will no longer be imported.

Adm. Ernest King, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal, and Adm. Chester Nimitz at the Navy Department, Washington DC, 21 Nov 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-701553)

Adm. Ernest King, Secretary of the Navy James V. Forrestal, and Adm. Chester Nimitz at the Navy Department, Washington DC, 21 Nov 1945 (US National Archives: 80-G-701553)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 26, 1945: Gen. Douglas MacArthur confirms that Emperor Hirohito of Japan will not be required to abdicate.

Adm. Chester Nimitz is appointed to replace Adm. Ernest King, who is about to retire as US Chief of Naval Operations.

TWA Lockheed Constellation sets west-to-east transatlantic commercial record, flying 2,000 miles in 6 hours, 45 minutes.

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