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Today in World War II History—Sept. 21, 1940 & 1945

Air raid shelter in a London Underground station during the Blitz, 1940-41 (US National Archives: 195768)

Air raid shelter in a London Underground station during the Blitz, 1940-41 (US National Archives: 195768)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1940: Britain officially sanctions Underground stations as air raid shelters (already being used), electric rails are turned off at night to open more room for shelter.

British Museum artifacts, including the Elgin Marbles, are hidden in the Aldwych tube station.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 21, 1945: Henry Ford II succeeds his grandfather, Henry Ford, as president of Ford Motor Company.