Today in World War II History

70 Years Ago—July 1, 1942: First Battle of El Alamein begins—German Gen. Rommel makes deepest penetration yet into Egypt. Sub USS Sturgeon sinks Japanese ship Montevideo Maru off Philippines; 845 Australian POWS and 208 civilians killed in Australia’s worst maritime disaster. US discontinues production of alarm clocks; however, rising absenteeism will lead to a quick repeal.