During the final days of World War II, Howard Norton, a war correspondent for the Sunpapers, took a 200-mile dash by Jeep in the hopes of interviewing the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini while the despot was still alive. Norton arrived one day too late. But his story, published April 30, 1945, scooped the world with the first eyewitness verification of Il Duce's death. A few weeks later, Sun war correspondent Price Day was the only reporter for an individual newspaper to witness the surrender of German forces and the end of the war in Europe.
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