80 Years Ago—Dec. 20, 1941: Japanese land on Mindanao in the Philippines and in Dutch Borneo, Celebes, and the Moluccas in Netherlands East Indies.
American Volunteer Group (“Flying Tigers”) flies its first mission over China.
Adm. Ernest King is named Commander-in-Chief, United States Fleet.
Off Mendocino, CA, Japanese sub I-17 sinks US tanker Emidio, the first loss off the US West Coast.
Goebbels appeals to German public for winter clothing for troops.