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Today in World War II History—January 15, 1942

ABDA command meeting, 10 Jan 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

ABDA command meeting, 10 Jan 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

80 Years Ago—Jan. 15, 1942: ABDA Command headquarters (American, British, Dutch, Australian) opens under Gen. Sir Archibald Wavell at Batavia, Java.

Jawaharlal Nehru succeeds Mahatma Gandhi as head of India’s Congress Party.

To recruit people to work as codebreakers at Britain’s Bletchley Park, a competition is held: those who complete the Daily Telegraph crossword puzzle in 12 minutes are invited to interview.

Pres. Franklin Roosevelt asks the baseball commissioner to continue the sport during the war.

Baseball-themed recruiting poster, 1942

Baseball-themed recruiting poster, 1942

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