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World War II (1939-1945)

This Day in History: Aug. 23

This Day in History: Aug. 23

In 1944, during World War II, Romanian Prime Minister Ion Antonescu was dismissed by King Michael, paving the way for Romania to abandon the Axis in favor of the Allies.

1775: Britain's King George III proclaimed the American colonies to be in a state of “open and avowed rebellion.”

1914: Japan declared war against Germany in World War I. 

1973: A bank robbery-turned-hostage-taking began in Stockholm, Sweden; the four hostages ended up empathizing with their captors, a psychological condition now referred to as “Stockholm Syndrome.”

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