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Today in World War II History—Oct. 1, 1940 & 1945

Pennsylvania Turnpike, September 1942, with prewar 70 mph speed limit sign still in place after wartime “Victory speed limit” enacted (Library of Congress: fsa 8b07393).

Pennsylvania Turnpike, September 1942, with prewar 70 mph speed limit sign still in place after wartime “Victory speed limit” enacted (Library of Congress: fsa 8b07393).

80 Years Ago—Oct. 1, 1940: Uranium from the Belgian Congo arrives at Staten Island, NY, for safekeeping; it will be used in the Manhattan Project.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike, the United States’ first long-distance highway, opens.

Insignia of the US OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in WWII

Insignia of the US OSS (Office of Strategic Services) in WWII

75 Years Ago—Oct. 1, 1945: The US Army Air Forces in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (AAF/MTO) is inactivated.

US Office of Strategic Service (precursor to CIA) is disbanded.

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