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Today in World War II History—Sept. 3, 1940 & 1945

The Ghent Altarpiece recovered from the Altaussee salt mine, July 1945 (US National Archives)

The Ghent Altarpiece recovered from the Altaussee salt mine, July 1945 (US National Archives)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 3, 1940: Pieter Gerbrandy becomes Prime Minister of Dutch government-in-exile in London.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 3, 1945: Japanese forces on Wake and in the Caroline and Bonin Islands surrender.

Allies return the famous Van Eyck altarpiece to Ghent, Belgium.

The ETO World Series opens in the old Hitler Youth stadium in Nuremberg, with racially integrated American teams.