This Week in 1945

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    May 24th, 2017
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    This week (May 24–May 30) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Americans pause reverently to pay homage on Memorial Day… *William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”) is captured. He is later charged with high treason in London for his En...
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    May 17th, 2017
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    This week (May 17–May 23) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *U-Boats defeated, Tokyo bombed… *Heinrich Himmler, German head of the SS, commits suicide in British custody. He was only 45 years old. *President of Germany Karl Dönitz and...
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    May 10th, 2017
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    This week (May 10–May 16) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Georgia welcomes back the famous General Courtney Hodges *The New York Times describes the damage in Germany this way: “Berlin is dead. As a city, it no longer exists. The p...
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    May 3rd, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II ends in Europe *Rocket scientist Werner von Braun and 120 members of his team surrender to U.S. forces. (Many of them become the backbone of our future space program) *The North German army surrenders t...
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    Apr 26th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On It was probably the worst week ever for European fascists. *It begins when the Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is captured. Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are executed by Italian partis...
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    Apr 19th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *Adolph Hitler turns 56 years old in his Berlin bunker. He can already hear the gunfire above ground. His world is closing in on him. When he investigates the wreckage above ground, even he sta...
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    Apr 12th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On *But it rages on without the American president. On the afternoon of April 12, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is in Warm Springs Georgia. He says, “I have a terrific pain in the back of my head.” He t...
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    Apr 5th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II Rages On… *The Allied Forces liberate the Nazi concentration camp, Buchenwald. *Kuniaki Koiso resigns as the Prime Minister of Japan, and is replaced by Kantaro Suzuki. *The Allies launch a dramat...
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    Mar 29th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs won the pennant (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *American troops liberate their first Nazi concentration camp, Ohrdruf death camp in Germany. They are shocked by the conditions there. (Photo left: Colonel Hayden Sears with Ohrdruf survivors) *Soviet ...
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    Mar 22nd, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *The end is near for Hitler. He is seen in public for the last time (March 22) *The Arab League is formed with the adoption of a charter in Cairo, Egypt. *Generals Eisenhower/Bradley/Patton att...