80 Years Ago—Sept. 4, 1940: Hitler vows to eradicate British cities.
The commander at the RAF field at Biggin Hill blows up his own hangars to stop Luftwaffe raids.
America First Committee, an isolationist group dedicated to keeping the US out of WWII, is established in Chicago, originating with Yale students.
75 Years Ago—Sept. 4, 1945: Japanese forces in Singapore and Malaya surrender to the British.
German weather station Haudegen at Spitsbergen, Norway surrenders to a Norwegian seal hunter, the final German unit to surrender.