Today in World War II History—November 15, 1939 & 1944

Patch of the US Eighth Army, WWII

Patch of the US Eighth Army, WWII

80 Years Ago—November 15, 1939: President Franklin Roosevelt lays cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

US Interior Department motorship North Star departs Boston for Antarctic expedition under Adm. Richard Byrd.

75 Years Ago—Nov. 15, 1944: US Eighth Army, in its first assault, lands on Mapia Islands in the East Indies.

Movie premiere of war film Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Walker, and Van Johnson.