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Today in World War II History—June 29, 1940 & 1945

Map depicting the proposed invasion routes of Operations Olympic and Coronet, with Japanese defensive positions as of Aug 1945 (US Military Academy)

Map depicting the proposed invasion routes of Operations Olympic and Coronet, with Japanese defensive positions as of Aug 1945 (US Military Academy)

80 Years Ago—June 29, 1940: Japan declares the South Seas to be in its sphere of influence.

Roosevelt signs the Alien Registration Act; 5 million foreigners will register and be fingerprinted.

New song in the Top Ten: “Fools Rush In.”

Premiere of “Batman” solo comic book, introducing the Joker and Catwoman.

75 Years Ago—June 29, 1945: President Truman approves the invasion of Japan, with Operation Olympic, the invasion of Kyushu, to start November 1, 1945, and Operation Coronet, the invasion of Honshu, to start March 1, 1946.

US War Food Administration is abolished.

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