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Today in World War II History—November 12, 1940 & 1945

US Secretary of State Cordell Hull, September 1944 (US Department of State)

US Secretary of State Cordell Hull, September 1944 (US Department of State)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1940: Free French forces secure Gabon in Vichy French Equatorial Africa.

Germans shut down the Latin Quarter and all universities in Paris due to the previous day’s demonstration.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 12, 1945: Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to former US Secretary of State Cordell Hull for work establishing United Nations.