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In 1944, Hideki Tojo was removed as Japanese premier and war minister because of setbacks suffered by his country in World War II.
In 1945, planes from carrier Wasp bashed Wake Island, captured by the Japanese in December 1941. Cape Nojima, 50 miles from Tokyo, was bombarded by a task force that includes cruisers Atlanta, Astoria, Dayton, Duluth, Pasadena, Springfield, Topeka, Wilkes-Barre and 14 destroyers. Elsewhere, an air-dropped mine sank escort carrier Kaiyo at Beppu, Kyushu. The 7th Australian division took Samboja oil field on Borneo.
In 1984, a gunman opened fire at a McDonald's fast-food restaurant in San Ysidro, Calif., killing 21 people before being shot dead by police.
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