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1587Frances Drake raids Cadiz
1775"The Shot Heard 'Round the World"
1782Netherlands recognizes the US
1861Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports
1861Baltimore mob attacks the 6th Mass, 4 soldiers, c. 12 riolters die
1864USS Kearsage sinks CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France
1909Joan of Arc declared a saint
1916Italians troops capture Col di Lana at Merano
1919Leslie Irvin of US makes 1st parachute jump & free fall
1928Japanese troops occupy Shantung Peninsula in China
1936Anti-Jewish riots in Palestine
1941Milk rationed in Holland
1941Bulgarian troops occupy Macedonia
1941Marines begin construction of an airfield on Wake Is.
1942British abandon the Yenangyuang oil fields in Burma
1943Warsaw Ghetto Uprising begins; lasts until May 16.
1943Sub Scorpion lays mines in Japanese waters
1944New York: Massive rally protesting Nazi genocide.
1944Japan reinforces drive against U.S. airbases in China.
1945US offensive opens against the Shuri Line on Okinawa
1948Chiang Kai-shek elected president of Nationalist China
1959Uprising in La Paz, Bolivia, fails
1962NASA civilian pilot Joseph A Walker takes X-15 to 46,900 m
1964Rightist coup in Laos, Suvanna Phuma remains premier
1971USSR Salyut 1 launched; 1st manned lab in orbit
1971Russia launches its 1st Salyut space station
1989Gun turret explodes on USS Iowa, 47 die
1990Truce in Nicaraguan civil war
1995Oklahoma City: Self-styled "patriot" detonates truck bomb, killing 168
  Today in Military History 

Apr 20, 2021
1505Burgundy: Jews are expelled by Philibert of Luxembourg
1775American patriots begin siege of British in Boston
1792Revolutionary France declares war on Austria, Prussia, & Sardinia
1799Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews
1809Napolean I defeats Austria at Battle of Abensberg, Bavaria
1836Skirmish between Texian and Mexican outposts near San Jacinto
1861Robert E Lee resigns from United States Army
1861Union forces burn and adandon Gosport (Norfolk, Va) Navy Yard.
1864Confederates capture 85th NY at Plymouth, NC
1915US Navy issues its first contract for lighter-than-air craft.
1919Polish Army captures Vilno, Lithuania, from Soviet Army
1934Heinrich Himmler becomes head of the Prussian secret state police
1936Jews repell an Arab attack, Petach Tikvah, Palestine
1941German bombers raid Athens
1942USS Wasp launches 47 British aircraft to reinforce Malta
1942Heavy Axis air raids on Malta
1942British forces in Burma begin a general withdrawal.
1943Sub Runner lays mines off Hong Kong.
1944Burma: Chinese New 38th Div ejects Japanese from terrain near Kamaing.
1944India: British lift siege of Kohima, but Japanese hold the road to Imphal
1945US Seventh Army captures Nuremberg, site of Nazi Party rallies
1945Okinawa: U.S. forces capture Motobu Heights, in the north
1945Burma: British close in on the Yenangyaung oil fields
1947Peleliu: 27 Japanese troops surrender, 18 months after Japan surrendered
1978Korean Airlines Flight 007 shot down by Soviets in Russian airspace
1987US deports Karl Linnas, charged with Nazi war crimes, to USSR
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753 -BC- Traditional date of foundation of Rome
1738Algerian pirates raid the Bay of Naples
1836Battle of San Jacinto: Texas secures independence from Mexico
1861USS Saratoga captures slaver Nightingale, bound for the Confederacy
1865Abraham Lincoln's funeral train leaves Washington
1898US Declares War on Spain
1914US Marines and sailros occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico
1941Greece surrenders to Nazi Germany
1944TF 58 raids Hollandia, Wakde, to prepare for new landings.
1945The Red Army reaches the outskirts of Berlin
1945Japanese decide to abandon Rangoon and pull back in Burma to reorganize.
1945Ie Shima Is, off Okinawa secured after five days fighting
1954USAF flies French battalion to Vietnam
1961USAF Maj Robert M White takes X-15 to 32,000 m
1961French army revolt in Algeria
1967Military coup in Greece
1967Stalin's daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, seeks asylum in the US
1975Nguyen Van Thieu resigns as president of South Vietnam