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Today in World War II History—June 20, 1941

Cover of the first edition of Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer

Cover of the first edition of Berlin Diary by William L. Shirer

US Army Air Forces patch, WWII

US Army Air Forces patch, WWII

80 Years Ago—June 20, 1941: The US Army Air Forces is established under Maj. Gen. Henry H. (“Hap”) Arnold (formerly the Army Air Corps).

William L. Shirer’s bestselling book Berlin Diary is published about his experiences as a foreign correspondent in Nazi Germany.

The Hoover Library of War, Revolution, and Peace is dedicated at Stanford University.

Ford Motor Company signs its first contract with a labor union, the UAW.

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