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Today in World War II History—December 10, 1940 & 1945

Sir Alexander Fleming, in his laboratory at St Mary's, Paddington, London,1943 (Imperial War Museum: TR 1468)

Sir Alexander Fleming, in his laboratory at St Mary’s, Paddington, London,1943 (Imperial War Museum: TR 1468)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 10, 1940: British troops take Sidi Barrani and push Italians out of Egypt.

Nobel Prize Committee gives out no awards this year due to the war.

75 Years Ago—Dec. 10, 1945: Nobel Prize in medicine is awarded to Sir Alexander Fleming, Ernst Chain & Sir Howard Florey for the discovery and development of penicillin.