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Today in World War II History—July 17, 1941

Joe DiMaggio kissing his bat, 15 Dec 1941 (Library of Congress)

Joe DiMaggio kissing his bat, 15 Dec 1941 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—July 17, 1941: Germans encircle 20 Soviet divisions near Uman, Ukraine.

Alfred Rosenberg is appointed Reich Minister of the Occupied Eastern Territories, in charge of “Germanization” and removal of the Jews.

Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees fails to get a hit against the Cleveland Indians, ending his record 56-game hitting streak—a record which is still unbroken.

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