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February 19, 1942

Exclusion Order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry, 1 April 1942 (US National Archives: 536017)

Exclusion Order posted at First and Front Streets in San Francisco directing removal of persons of Japanese ancestry, 1 April 1942 (US National Archives: 536017)

80 Years Ago—Feb. 19, 1942: President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing designation of military zones and removal of certain persons, which will lead to the internment of Japanese-Americans.

Largest-ever attack on Australia: 242 Japanese aircraft bomb Darwin and Broome, sinking 12 ships, destroying almost all aircraft, and killing 243.

Canadian parliament passes a conscription law.

Explosion of MV Neptuna, hit during the Japanese air raid on Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 128108)

Explosion of MV Neptuna, hit during the Japanese air raid on Darwin, Australia, 19 February 1942 (Australian War Memorial: 128108)

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