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    Mike
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    On this day in 1839, Union General George Armstrong Custer is born in Harrison County, Ohio. Although he is best known for his demise at the hands of the Lakota and Cheyenne Indians at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana,in 1876, Custer built a reputation as a dashing and effective cavalry leader during the Civil War.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-custer-born

    #53498
    Mike
    Keymaster

    At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

    #53558
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Beginning on this day in 1775, Colonel Benedict Arnold and General Richard Montgomery lead an American force in the siege of Quebec. The Americans hoped to capture the British-occupied city and with it win support for the American cause in Canada.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/americans-begin-siege-of-quebec

    #53560
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    John Lennon was murdered.

    "I'm not signing that"

    #53563
    Mike
    Keymaster

    John Lennon was murdered.

    I am focusing on war related things, cos you know..

     

    #53564
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    I was being subversive, cos you know…

     

    😉

    "I'm not signing that"

    #53606
    Mike
    Keymaster

    On this day in 1992, 1,800 United States Marines arrive in Mogadishu, Somalia, to spearhead a multinational force aimed at restoring order in the conflict-ridden country.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/u-s-marines-storm-mogadishu-somalia

    #53607
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    The poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’  by Alfred Tennyson was published in 1854 on this day.

    #53664
    Mike
    Keymaster

    On this day in 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac occupies Fredericksburg, Virginia, as General Ambrose Burnside continues to execute his plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia.

     
    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/federals-occupy-fredericksburg

    #53781
    Mike
    Keymaster

    On this day, the U.S. Navy takes control of the largest and most luxurious ocean liner on the seas at that time, France’s <i>Normandie,</i> while it is docked at New York City. Shortly thereafter, the conversion for U.S. wartime use began.

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/united-states-seizes-french-liner-normandie

    #53783
    John D Salt
    Participant

    So now Mr. Picky has sent in a correction to the history site pointing out the difference between displacement and gross registered tonnage.

    All the best,

    John.

    #54131
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Following the breakdown of peace talks with North Vietnam just a few days earlier, President Richard Nixon announces the beginning of a massive bombing campaign to break the stalemate. For nearly two weeks, American bombers pounded North Vietnam.

     

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/nixon-announces-start-of-christmas-bombing-of-north-vietnam

    #54147
    Mike
    Keymaster

    In the final hours of December 18, 1813, approximately midway through the War of 1812, some 500 British soldiers (regulars) as well as some 500 militia and Indians—crossed the Niagara River from Canada determined to seize Old Fort Niagara on the opposite shore in New York. By sunrise on December 19, the British were victorious and America’s Niagara frontier lay open to attack.

     

    https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/december-19

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