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Today in World War II History—Oct. 13, 1940 & 1945

Hershey’s tropical chocolate bar, a heat-resistant bar designed for US military use, 1943 (Smithsonian Institute)

Hershey’s tropical chocolate bar, a heat-resistant bar designed for US military use, 1943 (Smithsonian Institute)

80 Years Ago—Oct. 13, 1940: Indian National Congress launches program of anti-war civil disobedience.

Britain’s Princess Elizabeth (age 14) makes her first radio broadcast, on BBC’s Children’s Hour, to child evacuees. [Read more: “The British Royal Family in World War II”]

Vickers Wellington Mk.I medium bomber (British government photo)

Vickers Wellington Mk.I medium bomber (British government photo)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 13, 1945: Last British Vickers Wellington bomber rolls off the production line.

Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, dies in Hershey, PA, age 88.