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Today in World War II History—January 14, 1942

Royal Canadian Navy officer questioning Japanese-Canadian fishermen while confiscating their boat, 9 Dec 1941 (Library & Archives Canada: DAPDCAP 556450)

Royal Canadian Navy officer questioning Japanese-Canadian fishermen while confiscating their boat, 9 Dec 1941 (Library & Archives Canada: DAPDCAP 556450)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 14, 1942: Off Long Island, German U-boat U-123 sinks Panamanian tanker Norness, the first sinking in US waters.

Ports of Boston, Portsmouth, and Portland, Maine are closed temporarily due to the U-boat warning.

Canada designates a 100-mile security zone in British Columbia; all males of Japanese ancestry ages 18-45 are ordered to vacate; 23,000 men will be sent to labor camps; women and children are deported to six inner BC towns; Japanese-Canadians also banned from fishing and using shortwave radios.

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