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In 1898, during the Spanish-American War, Spain surrendered to the United States at Santiago, Cuba, and the Philippine Islands became an American possesion.
In 1944, 322 people were killed when a pair of ammunition ships exploded in Port Chicago, Calif.
In 1945, the air and naval bombardment of Japan continued with planes from 18 American and British carriers pounded the Tokyo-Yokosuka area and warships shelled coastal cities. Bombers from carrier Yorktown sank battleship Nagato at the Yokosuka naval base. The Potsdam conference began in the Cecilienhof Palace, summer residence of Crown Prince William of Prussia. Truman receives a message from Los Alamos, N.M.: "Babies born successfully," codewords meaning yesterday's A-bomb test was a complete success. Stalin confirmed the Soviet Union will join the war against Japan and finally reveals the Japanese have made peace overtures to Moscow.
In 1948, the Republic of Korea is constituted.
In 1955, Disneyland had its opening day in Anaheim, Calif.
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