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Today in World War II History—August 14, 1941

Roosevelt and Churchill at the Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Aug 1941 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-26850)

Roosevelt and Churchill at the Atlantic Charter Conference, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Aug 1941 (US Naval History and Heritage Command: 80-G-26850)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 14, 1941: Roosevelt and Churchill sign the Atlantic Charter declaring general principles for a free postwar world.

Roosevelt announces US will not allow German U-boats to attack British shipping in the Western Hemisphere.

Nazis execute Franciscan priest Maximilian Kolbe, after Kolbe volunteered to replace a condemned man; Kolbe will be canonized; the man he replaced, Franciszek Gajowniczek, survives the war.

Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, 1939 (public domain via Wikipedia)

Fr. Maximilian Kolbe, 1939 (public domain via Wikipedia)