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Today in World War II History—Oct. 23, 1940 & 1945

Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco, Hendaye train station, France, 23 Oct 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database

Adolf Hitler and Francisco Franco, Hendaye train station, France, 23 Oct 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database

80 Years Ago—Oct. 23, 1940: Hitler meets with Franco at Hendaye, France, but fails to convince him to lead Spain into the war.

Front cover of Jackie Robinson comic book (issue #5), 1951, showing Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn Dodgers cap (Library of Congress: ppmsc.00133)

Front cover of Jackie Robinson comic book (issue #5), 1951, showing Jackie Robinson in Brooklyn Dodgers cap (Library of Congress: ppmsc.00133)

75 Years Ago—Oct. 23, 1945: Jackie Robinson is signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers to play for farm club Montreal Royals; Robinson will play for Dodgers starting in 1947, breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier.

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