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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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1489Vasco da Gama reaches Calicut, India
1825Charles X becomes King of France
1859French defeat the Austrians in a skirmish at Montebello
1859Franco-Sardinian victory over Austria at Montebello
1902US military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends
1912Hampton Roads: SMS Moltke begins visit to the US,
1932Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor of Austria
1940German tanks reach the Channel
1941Max Schmeling and thousands of other German paratroopers invade Crete
1942Japanese submarine-borne aircraft reconnoiter Durban, South Africa.
1944US Army Engineers blow up the remnants of the Nofi residence, Itri
1970NYC: 100,000 march to support US policies in Vietnam
1971Pentagon reports blacks constitute 11% of US soldiers in SE Asia
  Today in Military History 

May 21, 2019
1420Treaty of Troyes: French Charles VI gives France to England's Henry V
1420Henry V of England captures Paris
1421Murad II becomes Sultan of the Turks (1421-1451)
1856Lawrence, Kansas captured, sacked by pro-slavery forces
1861Richmond, Va, is designated the Confederate Capital
1863Siege on Port Hudson, Louisiana begins
1864US Maj Gen David Hunter takes command of Dept of West Virginia
1871French troops attack the Commune of Paris; 17,000 die by July 28
1879War of the Pacific: Naval Battle of Iquiqui
1881Clara Barton founds the American Red Cross
1917Leo Pinckney becomes the first American drafted during WW I
1942Philippines: Japanese troops occupy Samar and Leyte
1943China: Japanese open a new offensive across the Yangtze River
1944Pearl Harbor. LST loaded with ammo blows up, sinking 6 LSTs; c. 400 die
1944Wadke, New Guinea: Japanese crushed, c. 750 dead to 43 US
1956US explodes the first airborne hydrogen bomb, Bikini Atoll
1964US begins intelligence flights above Laos
1968US submarine Scorpion sinks off Azores, 99 die
1991Marxist dictator of Ethiopia Mengistu Haile Mariam, resigns
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1176Attempted assassination of Saladin at Aleppo
1200Peace of Goulet
1370Jews are expelled from Brussels, Belgium
1526Cognac:The Pope, France, & England for an anti-Spanish alliance
1856Slavocrat Rep. Preston Brooks canes Sen. Charles Sumner, in the Senate
1863War Dept establishes Bureau of Colored Troops
1864Battle of North Anna River/Totopotamy River/Haw's Shop/Hanovertown, VA
1915Gretna, Scotland: Local train collides with troop train, 226 die
1941British troops take Baghdad, deposing pro-Nazi Iraqi regime
1942Mexico declares war on Nazi Germany and Japan
1943Stalin disbands the Comintern
1947"Truman Doctrine" goes into effect, aiding Turkey & Greece
1959Benjamin O Davis Jr. (USMA '36) becomes the first black major general
1962Robert A Rushworth, USAF major, takes X-15 to 30,600m
1967Egyptian president Nassar closes Straits of Tiran to Israel
1969Stafford & Cernan pilot Apollo 10 LEM 9.4 mi (15km) above lunar surface
1970Arab terrorist attacks school bus in Israel; 9 children, 3 adults die
1985US sailor Michael L Walker arrested for spying for USSR
1992India launches its Agni rocket