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December 12
In 1925, the first motel -- the "Motel Inn" -- opened in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
In 1937, Japanese aircraft sank U.S. gunboat Panay on China's Yangtze River. Japan apologized, and paid $2.2 million in reparations.
In 1941, Japanese aircraft raids on Penang claim 600 dead and 1,100 wounded civilians.
In 1944, British XV Corps began an offensive to free the coastal sector of the Arakan, in Burma.
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