Today in World War II History

US 165th Infantry lands at Butaritari, Makin Atoll,
Gilbert Islands, 20 Nov 1943
(US National Archives)
70 Years Ago—Nov. 20, 1943: In Gilberts, US Army and Marines land on Betio in Tarawa Atoll and Makin, and take Makin the same day. New song in Top Ten: “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma!