This Week in 1945

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    Sep 20th, 2016
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    This week (Sept 20-26) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Marlene Dietrich (photo) goes to Berlin for the first time since 1931. *36-year-old Eduard Wirths, the chief SS doctor at Auschwitz concentration camp commits suicide while in custody. *Mo...
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    Sep 6th, 2016
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    This week (Sept 6-12) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Hideki Tojo (photo), Japanese Prime Minister during most of WW II, attempts suicide rather than face war crimes tribunal. The attempt fails, and he is later hanged. *Vice Adm. John Sidney M...
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    Aug 30th, 2016
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    This week (Aug 30-Sept 5) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The final official surrender of Japan is accepted by the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, on board the American battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. *Ho Chi Minh an...
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    Aug 23rd, 2016
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    This week (Aug 23-Aug 29) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The depth of the destruction in Japan is slowly seeping out. From the New York Times: “30,000 MORE DIE SLOW DEATH IN HIROSHIMA: JAPS – Report Many Sufferers Cry, ‘Kill...
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    Aug 16th, 2016
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    This week (Aug 16-Aug 22) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek meet in Chongqing to discuss an end to hostilities between the Communists and the Nationalists in China. Those hostilities won’t end 1949. In Pop Cu...
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    Aug 9th, 2016
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    This week (Aug 9-Aug 15) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (befoer 2016)… World War II *The United States drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:02 a.m. (local time). *Japan offers to surrender to the Allies, “provided this does...
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    May 20th, 2014
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    There’s a story in the New York Times about the last surviving member of 1945 Cubs, Lennie Merullo. Lennie was their starting shortstop, and he’s still alive in Massachusetts. He’s 97 years old. It’s a charming story about the man. I once wrote a snarky piece about Lennie at J...