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Thursday, January 18, 2018
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1377Gregory XI returns the Holy Papal See to Rome, after 72 years at Avignon
1501Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from the Romagna
1601France gains Bresse, Bugey, Valromey, & Gex in treaty with Spain
1746Battle of Falkirk: Edward I defeats and massacres the Scots
1773Captain Cook in Resolution reaches the Antarctic Circle
1781Dan Morgan annihilates a Tory force at the Cowpens
1821Mexico grants Moses Austin extensive lands in Texas.
1832USS Peacock conducts diplomatic mission to Vietnamese court
1862USS Lexington bombards Ft Henry, TN (surrenders Jan 22)
1863Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia
1885The Sudan: Egypto-British Army beats the Mahdists at Battle of Abu Klea
1893Queen Liliuokalani deposed, Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic
1900CDR Taussig in USS Bennington takes formal possession of Wake Island
1902Anglo-Boer War: Scheepers executed
1911Failed assassination attempt on premier Briand in the French Assembly
1915Russia captures Bukovina & Western Ukraine
1942Bataan: Heavy fighting continues.
1942British are under heavy pressure on the Muar River line in Malaya.
1943Guadalcanal: Combined Army-Marine Div attacks west along the coast
1943Papua: Allied forces begin a major offensive against Sanananda.
1944New Britain: Allies subdue last Japanese at Arawe, southern coast
1945Soviets drive Germans out of Warsaw
1945Luzon: Sixth Army steps up its drive on Manila.
1945Raoul Wallenberg, having saved thousands of Jews, disappears in Hungary
1947Ammunition plant at Muiden, Netherlands, factory explodes, 16 die
1948Netherlands & Indonesia agree to a cease fire
1951China refuses cease fire in Korea
1955USS Nautilus underway on nuclear power
1961Pres. Dwight Eisenhower speaks of a "military industrial complex"
1966B-52 carrying four hydrogen bombs crashes off Spanish coast
1991Iraq fires eight Scud missiles at Israel
1991Jeffrey Zahn is the first US pilot shot down in the Persian Gulf War
1991Operation Desert Storm: Coalition airstrikes against Iraq
  Today in Military History 

Jan 18, 2018
1486King Henry VII of England marries Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV
1520Christian II of Denmark & Norway defeats the Swedes at Lake Asunde
1671Pirate Henry Morgan captures Panama from the Spanish,
1701Frederick I crowned king of Prussia
1795French Army enters Amsterdam unopposed
1817Jose de San Martin's revolutionary army begins to cross the Andes
1850British blockade Piraeus, Greece, to enforce mercantile claims
1854Filibuster William Walker proclaims Republic of Sonora in NW Mexico
1862Confederate Territory of Arizona is formed
1865Battle of Ft Moultrie, SC
1871Wilhelm I proclaimed German Emperor, at Versailles
1911Eugene Ely makes the 1st aircraft landing on a ship, Arm Cr Pennsylvania
1913Graeco-Turkish sea battle
1915The U.S. Revenue Marine is renamed the U.S. Coast Guard.
1919Versailles Conference opens
1942British troops in Malaya heavily engaged on the Muar River Line.
1943Aleutians: U.S. surface force bombards Japanese held Attu.
1943US bans sale of sliced bread to save metal parts in slicing machines
1943Warsaw Ghetto uprising begins
1943Siege of Leningrad lifted by a Soviet Offensive
1943Papua: Sanananda falls to Allies, who press the Japanese westwards.
1944New Guinea: US reinforces the Saidor beachhead
1945Peleliu: Japanese stragglers raid U.S. ammo dumps and airbase.
19573 B-52s make round-the-world flight, 45 hr 19 min; one man backwards
1960US & Japan sign joint defense treaty
1991Iraq launches SCUD missiles against Israel
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1493Treaty of Barcelona: France cedes Roussillon & Cerdagne to Spain
1770Battle of Golden Hill, in New York City
1793Revoutionary court sentenced "Citizen Capet" (Louis XVI) to death.
1806British take Cape of Good Hope from Netherlands, occupied by France
1808Dutch King Louis Napoleon signs the first aviation law, for balloons
1812Wellington's troops storm Ciudad Rodrigo, Spain, amid great slaughter
1839Aden captured by the British East India Company
1861Mississippi troops take Ft Massachusetts, on Ship Island
1861Georgia becomes 5th state to secede
1862Battle of Mill Springs/Fishing Creek/Logan's Crossroads, KY
1900Anglo-Boer War: Warren's attack on Ntabamnyama
1915First German zeppelin bombing raid on Great Britain, 4 die
1917Silvertown ammunition factory in Essex, England, explodes; 300 die
1920The Senate rejects American membership in League of Nations
1942Joe Louis is drafted, on the day he defeated Buddy Baer in 20"56'
1942Malaya: British abandon the Muar River line, fall back on Johore Line.
1943Guadalcanal: Combined Army-Marine Div presses westwards
1943Guadalcanal: U.S. destroyers shell Japanese positions
1943Papua: Fierce Japanese resistance on the Sanananda front.
1944Northern Burma: Chinese New 38th Div and Japanese fight for Taro Plain.
1945China: Japanese troops seize control of the Canton-Hankow rail line.