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Today in World War II History—Sept. 8, 1940 & 1945

Surrender of Japanese Forces to US forces at Seoul in southern Korea, 9 September 1945 (US Navy photo: 80-G-391464)

Surrender of Japanese Forces to US forces at Seoul in southern Korea, 9 September 1945 (US Navy photo: 80-G-391464)

80 Years Ago—Sept. 8, 1940: In a Luftwaffe raid on London, a direct hit on the air-raid shelter at Peabody Estate Whitechapel kills 78; St. Thomas’s hospital is hit and 5 nurses are killed.

75 Years Ago—Sept. 8, 1945: US 1st Cavalry Division enters Tokyo, and Gen. Douglas MacArthur raises the US flag over the US embassy.

US forces land at Inchon, Korea to prevent Soviets from breaking agreement to occupy only North Korea.