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Today in World War II History—August 6, 1942

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands speaks to Congress, Washington, DC, August 6, 1942 (public domain via Dutch Nationaal Archief)

Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands speaks to Congress, Washington, DC, August 6, 1942 (public domain via Dutch Nationaal Archief)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 6, 1942: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands addresses US Congress.

President Roosevelt establishes Rubber Survey Committee under financier Bernard Baruch to study synthetic rubber program; will recommend a director to control supply and use of rubber, and the immediate construction of 51 synthetic rubber plants. (Read more about the rubber shortage: “Make It Do—Tire Rationing in World War II.”)

US poster encouraging conservation of rubber, WWII

US poster encouraging conservation of rubber, WWII

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