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Today in World War II History—April 9, 1941

Battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) during her shakedown cruise, May 1941 (US Navy photo 80-G-K-13972)

Battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) during her shakedown cruise, May 1941 (US Navy photo 80-G-K-13972)

80 Years Ago—Apr. 9, 1941: Germans take Salonika, Greece.

US signs agreement with Danish ambassador to the US Henrik Kauffmann making Greenland a US protectorate, allowing US to build facilities; the agreement is approved by local officials in Greenland, but denounced by the government in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen.

Battleship USS North Carolina is commissioned, New York Navy Yard, NY, the first US battleship since 1923.

Danish Ambassador to the US Henrik Kauffmann, 1932 (public domain via Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Danish Ambassador to the US Henrik Kauffmann, 1932 (public domain via Bibliothèque nationale de France)