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Today in World War II History—November 27, 1939 & 1944

Secretary of State Cordell Hull, September 1944 (US Department of State)

Secretary of State Cordell Hull, September 1944 (US Department of State)

80 Years Ago—November 27, 1939: Nobel Committee announces cancellation of 1939 Peace Prize.

Japanese capture Nanning, China, an important railhead.

An earthquake of magnitude 8 kills over 20,000 in Erzhcam, Turkey.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 27, 1944: Aircraft from British carrier Implacable sink German freighter Rigel carrying 2248 Soviet POWs; 415 survive.

Explosion at an underground bomb dump in Hanbury, England kills 67 and leaves a ¼-mile-wide crater.

Cordell Hull resigns as US Secretary of State.

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