Today in World War II History—December 23, 1941
80 Years Ago—Dec. 23, 1941: Japanese take Wake Island after determined defense by US Marines.
British evacuate Malaya above the Perak River as the Japanese advance.
Off Cambria, CA, Japanese sub I-21 sinks US tanker Montebello in sight of the coast; survivors machine-gunned in lifeboats but no one is injured.