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Today in World War II History—June 17, 1944

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75 Years Ago—June 17, 1944: In Normandy, US First Army cuts off the Cotentin Peninsula, trapping Germans in Cherbourg.

Free French troops land on Elba off the coast of Italy.

Iceland becomes an independent republic with Sveinn Björnsson as the first president.

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