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In 1914, transcontinental telephone service began with the first phone conversation between New York and San Francisco.
In 1945, an important public statement by Japanese Prime Minister Kantoro Suzuki was misinterpreted by the Allies. Suzuki meant to say he has no comment about the Potsdam Declaration that calls for Japan's unconditional surrender. Instead, Americans regarded Suzuki's statement as a rejection of the declaration and continued preparations for dropping atomic bombs. An Allied task force that included battleships Indiana, Massachusetts, South Dakota, King George V and cruisers Boston, Chicago, Quincy and St. Paul bombarded an aircraft factory at Hamamatsu on southern Honshu. Kamikazes damaged destroyer Cassin Young and a troop transport near Okinawa.
In 1967, fire swept the USS Forrestal in the Gulf of Tonkin, killing 134 servicemen.
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