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Today in World War II History—October 21, 1939 & 1944

Cabinet Room in the Churchill War Rooms, London (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 6 Sept 2017)

Cabinet Room in the Churchill War Rooms, London (Photo: Sarah Sundin, 6 Sept 2017)

80 Years Ago—October 21, 1939: President Roosevelt establishes an advisory committee on the use of uranium, under Lyman Briggs.

First British cabinet meeting is held in the underground Cabinet War Rooms (now called the Churchill War Rooms).

US rifleman in Aachen (US Army Center of Military History)

US rifleman in Aachen (US Army Center of Military History)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 21, 1944: US First Army takes Aachen, the first major German city to fall to the Allies.

Lt. Frances Slanger is killed by a German shell in her tent, the first American nurse killed in France.