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Today in World War II History—November 21, 1940 & 1945

War Relocation Authority Center at Manzanar, CA, 3 July 1942 (Photographer: Dorothea Lange; US National Archives: 538128)

War Relocation Authority Center at Manzanar, CA, 3 July 1942 (Photographer: Dorothea Lange; US National Archives: 538128)

80 Years Ago—Nov. 21, 1940: US government announces that Nazi agents are active in eight American cities to conduct sabotage and espionage, spread propaganda, and foment strife.

Thanksgiving is celebrated in America, on the third Thursday in November as per Roosevelt’s 1939 decree, but 16 states celebrate on traditional fourth Thursday, November 28. [Read more: Thanksgiving in World War II]

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch, Jr., commander of the U.S. Seventh Army in southern France, and his son, Capt. Alexander “Mac” Patch III, shortly before the young officer’s death in October 1944 (US Military Academy)

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch, Jr., commander of the U.S. Seventh Army in southern France, and his son, Capt. Alexander “Mac” Patch III, shortly before the young officer’s death in October 1944 (US Military Academy)

75 Years Ago—Nov. 21, 1945: In Nuremberg trials, all Nazi defendants plead innocent.

Manzanar Relocation Center for Japanese-Americans closes.

Lt. Gen. Alexander Patch dies of pneumonia at Fort Sam Houston, TX, age 55.

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