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In 1945, Gen. Curtis LeMay sent 600 Superfortresses to batter more small and medium-sized cities on Honshu. Destruction is widespread in Choshi, Fukui, Hitachi and Okizaki, east and west of Tokyo. The Japanese responded with a kamikaze attack that wrecked destroyer Thatcher. Meanwhile, GIs of the 5th "Red Diamond" Infantry, one of the European divisions ticketed for the invasion of Japan, arrived in Boston.
In 1950, the highest-ranking American POW was captured when Maj. Gen. William F. Dean was taken near Taejon, South Korea.
In 1990, President Bush joined Republican predecessors Ronald Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and Richard M. Nixon at ceremonies dedicating the Nixon Library and Birthplace in Yorba Linda, Calif.
In 1994, funeral services were held for North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung, who had died July 8 at age 82.
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