Today in World War II History—December 19, 1940 & 1945
President Kyösti Kallio of Finland (resigned) and Field Marshal C.G.E. Mannerheim at Helsinki railway station, Finland, 19 Dec 1940; Pres. Risto Ryti, Lt Gen Heindrichs, and Col Paasonen in background, moments before Kallio’s death (public domain via Museovirasto via Wikipedia)
80 Years Ago—Dec. 19, 1940: Kyösti Kallio, President of Finland, dies at his own resignation ceremony; replaced by Risto Ryti.
Ten thousand civilians evacuated from Malta arrive in Britain.
Eleanor Roosevelt speaking at the UN, July 1947 (Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum ID #65732)
75 Years Ago—Dec. 19, 1945: Eleanor Roosevelt is appointed a delegate to the UN General Assembly.
Movie premiere of They Were Expendable, starring John Wayne, Robert Montgomery, and Donna Reed, about PT boats in the fall of the Philippines.