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Today in World War II History—December 7, 1940 & 1945

Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita imprisoned at Manila, circa Oct-Nov 1945 (US National Archives: ARC 292616)

Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita imprisoned at Manila, circa Oct-Nov 1945 (US National Archives: ARC 292616)

80 Years Ago—Dec. 7, 1940: Maiden flight of Royal Navy Fairey Barracuda torpedo/dive-bomber.

New songs in the Top Ten: “Down Argentine Way” and “Frenesi.”

75 Years Ago—Dec. 7, 1945: Japanese Gen. Tomoyuki Yamashita is sentenced to death for his role in atrocities in the Philippines.