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Today in World War II History—Sept. 16, 1940 & 1945

President Roosevelt signs the Selective Service Training and Service Act on Sept. 16, 1940 (US government photo)

President Roosevelt signs the Selective Service Training and Service Act on Sept. 16, 1940 (US government photo)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1940: President Roosevelt signs the Selective Service Training and Service Act: men aged 20-36 are required to register for the draft, the first peacetime draft in US history.

First flight of Lockheed YP-38 Lightning fighter plane, in Burbank, CA.

Alice Duer Miller’s bestselling narrative poem The White Cliffs is published.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 16, 1945: Japanese forces in Hong Kong officially surrender to the British.

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