Today in World War II History

70 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1940: Germany announces total blockade of Great Britain. Duke of Windsor (former King Edward VIII) sworn in as Governor of Bahamas.
65 Years Ago—Aug. 17, 1945: Japanese post-war parliament established under Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni. Dutch East Indies proclaims independence from the Netherlands, now called the Republic of Indonesia.