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Today in World War II History—November 9, 1939 & 1944

SS Red Oak Victory at Rosie the Riveter National Park, Richmond, CA, May 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

SS Red Oak Victory at Rosie the Riveter National Park, Richmond, CA, May 2014 (Photo: Sarah Sundin)

80 Years Ago—November 9, 1939: Adolf Hitler survives assassination attempt at the anniversary of the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich; bomb planted by communist Georg Elser.

Nobel Prize for physics is awarded to Ernest Lawrence for the cyclotron.

Movie premiere of Ninotchka, Greta Garbo’s first comedy.

Damage in the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, Germany after the failed assassination attempt on Hitler, 9 Nov 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-E12329)

Damage in the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich, Germany after the failed assassination attempt on Hitler, 9 Nov 1939 (German Federal Archive: Bild 183-E12329)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 9, 1944: Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Red Cross.

Victory Ship SS Red Oak Victory is launched in Richmond, CA, christened by the wife of the mayor of Red Oak, IA, Permanente Shipyard’s 558th ship (currently a museum ship in Richmond, CA).

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