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Today in World War II History—August 8, 1942

Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, photographed from a USS Saratoga plane, late August 1942 (US Navy photo: 80-G-16312)

Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, photographed from a USS Saratoga plane, late August 1942 (US Navy photo: 80-G-16312)

80 Years Ago—Aug. 8, 1942: US Marines take airfield on Guadalcanal, to be renamed Henderson Field.

Lt. Gen. Dwight Eisenhower is chosen to command Operation Torch, the invasion of Algeria and French Morocco in November 1942.

Six of the German saboteurs who landed by U-boat in the US in June are executed; the other two receive long sentences.

In Bombay, Mohatma Gandhi makes anti-British “Quit India” speech.

New song in the Top Ten: “I Left My Heart at the Stage Door Canteen.”

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