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Man killed at Pearl Harbor was Navy sailor from California

Aug. 08, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Remains of a man killed in the attack at Pearl Harbor have been identified as a Navy sailor from Southern California. Shipfitter 2nd class Claude Ralph Garcia was 25 years old on Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese forces bombed the military installation in Hawaii,...

Polish Auschwitz survivor, novelist Zofia Posmysz dies at 98

Aug. 08, 2022 12:10 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Zofia Posmysz, a Polish World War II-era resistance fighter who survived the Auschwitz and Ravensbrück concentration camps and later became a journalist and novelist, has died at 98. The Auschwitz-Birkenau state memorial museum said Posmysz died Monday in a...

Today in History: August 8, Nixon announces his resignation

Aug. 08, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2022. There are 145 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he...

Remains of WWII solider identified as North Carolina man

Aug. 07, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

GREEN HILL, N.C. (AP) — DNA, dental and other analyses have confirmed the identity of remains buried in Belgium as a 27-year-old World War II soldier from North Carolina who died during battle in a German forest. The Charlotte Observer reports that officials with the Defense...

Hitler's watch sells at Maryland auction for $1.1 million

Aug. 07, 2022 08:37 AM EDT

CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (AP) — A Maryland auction house has sold a wristwatch that once belonged to Adolf Hitler for $1.1 million. Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City had estimated the value between $2 and $4 million, describing the watch as a “World War II relic of...

Fire triggered by explosions rages in big Berlin city forest

Aug. 04, 2022 10:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A large fire triggered by explosions at an ammunition dump raged Thursday in a major Berlin urban forest on one of the German capital's hottest days so far this year. A huge cloud of grey smoke hung over the city’s western districts and residents were asked to keep...

UN chief going to Hiroshima for 77th anniversary of A-bomb

Aug. 01, 2022 23:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Monday he will attend the 77th anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombing in Hiroshima, “at a time of nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War.” The U.N. chief made the announcement...

Poles mark 1944 uprising against Nazis; compare to Ukraine

Aug. 01, 2022 14:34 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles on Monday marked the 78th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, a doomed 1944 revolt against Nazi German forces, with some including the president comparing the wartime Polish resistance to that of Ukrainians today fighting Russia's invasion. People in...

NC vet honored for once-secret role in WWII ‘Ghost Army’

Jul. 30, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When World War II veteran George Dramis came home, he didn’t talk much about the war. If someone asked what he did there, he’d tell them the truth: He was a radio operator. But there is much, much more to his story. Dramis, 97, was one of...

Japan's push for UNESCO to list divisive gold mine delayed

Jul. 28, 2022 06:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's push to obtain UNESCO World Heritage recognition for a former gold mine key to the nation's industrialization will be delayed because its application was insufficient, officials said Thursday. The efforts to obtain a UNESCO listing for the Sado Island mine were...