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Long Before She Became The French Chef, Julia Child Helped Cook Up Shark Repellent. Julia Child: author, skilled maker of French omelets, developer of shark repellent.

Long Before She Became The French Chef, Julia Child Helped Cook Up Shark Repellent

It was 1942 and Julia McWilliams, aka Julia Child, joined the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) looking for adventure, the CIA reveals in a special archive release. A precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, the OSS was charged with covert spy operations during World War II. The same year Child joined the agency the OSS formed the Emergency Rescue Equipment (ERE) coordinating committee to develop devices that helped rescue members of the military and equipment from dangerous situations. One of their main projects that Child collaborated on was the development of shark repellent to protect Navy men and equipment stranded in shark-infested waters.

"We couldn't get the Navy to admit that sharks ate Navy men. Sharks attacks were a drain on Navy moral during WWII. From the ashes – the rebirth of Hiroshima. What it was like to survive the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 70 years later: How World War II changed America. © Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine/AP Photo York's Times Square in this famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt on the day Japan surrendered to end World War II.

70 years later: How World War II changed America

The photo, which expressed the unbounded joy and relief that Americans felt at the end of the war, became a Life cover. It remains a defining moment in photojournalism. ``When people don't know me anymore they will remember that picture,'' Eisenstaedt said years later. Eiesenstaedt died Wednesday on Martha's Vineyard.He was 96. Even as World War II was ending 70 years ago, Americans already knew it had transformed their country.

What it was like in the bunker Hitler died in 70 years ago today. Former Auschwitz guard describes Nazi death camp operations in testimony. April 21, 2015: Former SS guard Oskar Groening sits in ths sun during the noon break of the trial against him in Lueneburg, northern Germany.

Former Auschwitz guard describes Nazi death camp operations in testimony

Groening, 93, faces 300,000 counts of accessory to murder at the trial, which will test the argument that anyone who served as a guard at a Nazi death camp was complicit in what happened there. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) LUENEBERG, Germany – A former SS sergeant described in chilling detail Wednesday how cattle cars full of Jews were brought to the Auschwitz death camp, the people stripped of their belongings and then most led directly into gas chambers.

Oskar Groening is being tried on 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, related to a period between May and July 1944 when around 425,000 Jews from Hungary were brought to the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex in Nazi-occupied Poland and most immediately gassed to death. Germany's response to Nazism on trial as man, 93, faces 300,000 charges. © Czarek Sokolowski/AP Photo The entrance with the inscription "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free) the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz is pictured in Oswiecim, Poland.

Germany's response to Nazism on trial as man, 93, faces 300,000 charges

BERLIN — Nearly 70 years after World War II ended in Europe with Nazi Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945, what's likely to be the final criminal chapter of that horrific period is about to unfold in a small German town. Striking images from the battle of Iwo Jima: 70th anniversary. How India and China explain the Holocaust to school kids. Indian school history textbooks don’t use the word “holocaust” while teaching world history and the second World War.

How India and China explain the Holocaust to school kids

In one instance, where a government-prescribed textbook was published during the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) previous reign at the centre, even the details of the genocide are completely glossed over. These revelations were made in a study titled “International Status of Education About the Holocaust,” conducted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and the George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research.

Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs : NPR History Dept. The Japanese balloon bomb, in all its terrible splendor.

Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs : NPR History Dept.

US Army hide caption itoggle caption US Army. The American Homefront. "Rosie the Riveter" served as both a symbol of women's contributions to the war effort as well as a call to others to join.

The American Homefront

America was the largest military power in the world — in theory. The large population, generous natural resources, advanced infrastructure, and solid capital base were all just potential. Centralization and mobilization were necessary to jump-start this unwieldy machine. Within a week of Pearl Harbor, Congress passed the War Powers Act, granting wide authority to the President to conduct the war effort. House approves bill to stop Nazi benefit payments. Suspected Nazi war criminals would be blocked from receiving Social Security benefits under a bill unanimously approved Tuesday by the House.

House approves bill to stop Nazi benefit payments

The measure would shut a loophole that allowed suspected Nazis to be paid millions of dollars in benefits. Under the bill, benefits would be terminated for Nazi suspects who have lost their American citizenship, a step called denaturalization. U.S. law currently mandates a higher threshold -- a final order of deportation -- before Social Security benefits can be stopped. The legislation was introduced after an Associated Press investigation published in October revealed that Social Security benefits have been paid to dozens of former Nazis after they were forced out of the United States.

History of Medicine: The former Chairman of Bayer, maker of children's aspirin, was found guilty of Nazi war crimes and sentenced to prison. (NaturalNews) I.G.

History of Medicine: The former Chairman of Bayer, maker of children's aspirin, was found guilty of Nazi war crimes and sentenced to prison

Farben was a powerful cartel comprised of Bayer, BASF, Hoechst, and other German chemical companies which experimented mercilessly on Jewish prisoners as Hitler commanded, inside the World War II Auschwitz Concentration Camp, testing dangerous drugs and vaccines and killing thousands. D-day landings scenes in 1944 and now – interactive.

Voyage of the St. Louis

NUKEMAP by Alex Wellerstein. Dictator Death Tolls: Who Killed the Most?, RealClearWorld - The Compass Blog. D-Day Invasion Video - D-Day. Japan's last WWII straggler soldier, 91, dies. Twenty-nine years after WWII ended, the last Japanese soldier emerged from hiding in the Philippines jungle.

Japan's last WWII straggler soldier, 91, dies

Hiroo Onoda died Thursday at age 91. TOKYO — Hiroo Onoda, the last Japanese imperial soldier to emerge from hiding in a jungle in the Philippines and surrender, 29 years after the end of World War II, has died. He was 91. Onoda died Thursday at a Tokyo hospital after a brief stay there. Chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga on Friday expressed his condolences, praising Onoda for his strong will to live and indomitable spirit. Related: WWII reunions poignant for dwindling veterans "After World War II, Mr. AP Photo: Bullit Marquez.

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Navajo code talker from World War II dies. Navajo Code Talkers attend the 2011 Citi Military Appreciation Day event at Citi Pond in New York City on November 11, 2011. Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida- Architect of Pearl Harbor bombing (Merv Griffin Show 1965)