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

French battleship Richelieu at Dakar, 1941 (US Navy photo)

French battleship Richelieu at Dakar, 1941 (US Navy photo)

80 Years Ago—July 7, 1940: At Dakar, French West Africa, Swordfish torpedo bombers from carrier HMS Hermes damage French battleship Richelieu when she refuses to surrender.

British disarm all French ships in port at Alexandria, Egypt.

British actors in America are ordered to come home and report for the draft.

75 Years Ago—July 7, 1945: Soviet Capt. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is sentenced to 8 years of labor for his private criticism of Stalin.

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