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Today in World War II History—November 5, 1940 & 1945

Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938 (US National Archives); Wendell Willkie, 1940 (Library of Congress)

Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1938 (US National Archives); Wendell Willkie, 1940 (Library of Congress)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt is elected for a third term, defeating Republican candidate Wendell Willkie 27 million votes to 22 million in the closest vote in 25 years.

German pocket battleship Admiral Scheer raids British convoy HX-84 off Greenland, sinking armed merchant cruiser Jervis Bay and 6 merchant ships.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 5, 1945: Muslims begin a pogrom against Jews in Libya (under British Military Administration); in three days, 140 Jews will be killed and synagogues & homes will be looted and destroyed.