Today in World War II History—November 11, 1940 & 1945
80 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1940: Aircraft from British carriers HMS Illustrious and HMS Eagle attack Taranto, Italy in the first-ever air-dropped torpedo attack in a harbor, sinking battleship Conte di Cavour.
On Armistice Day, several thousand Parisians march on the Champs Élysées in the first illegal demonstration during the occupation; 123 are arrested as students & veterans try to lay wreaths at the Arc de Triomphe.
First jeep is delivered to the US Army.
75 Years Ago—Nov. 11, 1945: US President Harry Truman and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery for Armistice Day.
Popular music composer Jerome Kern dies of a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City, age 60.