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In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing 10 people.
In 1940, a new government took power in Tokyo, headed by Prince Fumimaro Konoye. The new government immediately targets British and Dutch possessions in the Far East and prepares for war.
In 1945, Americans came within 40 miles of Tokyo when destroyers and carrier planes sank two ships of a Japanese convoy in the Sagami Wan, the waterway that leads to Tokyo Bay. Superfortresses smashed a synthetic fuel plant at Ube on southern Honshu. Reacting to yesterday's surrender ultimatum, the Japanese News Agency Domei replied: "The Japanese are reasonable people who are amenable to fair arguments, but they also are a firm people who cannot be intimidated." In other words, no unconditional surrender. Elsewhere, a task force that includes cruisers Concord, Pensacola, Richmond and seven destroyers shelled Japanese bases in the Kurile Islands, north of Hokkaido. The first 5,000 GI tranferees from Germany arrived in Manila. They're all low-point men who experienced little European combat.
In 1990, voters in Mongolia began casting ballots in their Communist-ruled nation's first multiparty election ever.
In 1993, Japanese Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa resigned as president of the Liberal Democratic Party, taking the blame for party's worst-ever election performance.
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