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Today in World War II History—April 9, 1942

American and Filipino troops surrendering at Bataan, Luzon, Philippines, 9 Apr 1942 (US National Parks Service)

American and Filipino troops surrendering at Bataan, Luzon, Philippines, 9 Apr 1942 (US National Parks Service)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 9, 1942: US surrenders to Japanese at Bataan: 35,000 Filipino troops and 35,000 US troops, the largest surrender in US history.

British carrier HMS Hermes and Australian destroyer HMAS Vampire are sunk off Ceylon by Japanese carrier aircraft.

Danish resistance paper Frit Danmark is established by conservative politician Christmas Møller and communist politician Aksel Larsen.

The New York Times Best Seller list first shows nationwide sales; had listed only New York City best sellers since 1931.

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