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In 1932, the Summer Olympic Games opened in Los Angeles.
In 1945, a few minutes after midnight, the cruiser USS Indianapolis, which had just delivered key components of the Hiroshima atomic bomb to the Pacific island of Tinian, was torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58. Only 316 out of 1,196 men survived the sinking and shark-infested waters. Navy foulups turned the sinking into a disaster. The cruiser's failure to arrive at Leyte isn't reported and drifting survivors aren't spotted for four days. The air and sea bombardment of Japan continued with planes from American and British carriers sinking or damaging 20 ships near Kobe, Nagoya and Maizuru. Frogmen from British midget submarines XE-1 and XE-3 sank Japanese cruiser Takao in Singapore harbor by attaching mines to its bottom.
In 1980, Vanuatu became an independent republic.
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