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Monday, December 09, 2019
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1776Washington's army crosses the Delaware River from NJ to Pennsylvania
1863Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of the South
1914British annihilate German squadron off the Falkland Islands
1933The Fleet Marine Force established
1936Anastasio Somoza elected president of Nicaragua
1938Lauvrenti Beria follows Nikolai Yezkhov as head of Russian secret police
1941The U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan.
1941Japanese troops occupy Shanghai
1941Japanese troops land on Guam.
1941Japanese troops land in Malaya
1941Japanese troops invade Siam
1941Japanese troops attack Hong Kong,
1941Japanese destroyers attack Wake.
1941Japanese a/c destroy U.S. a/c at Clark and Iba airfields, Philippines
1941FDR declares December 7, 1941 "A date that will live in infamy."
1941Dutch sub sinks 1st Japanese ship in the war, DD Isonami off Celebes.
1941Aussie inf coy lands on western Timor, in the Netherlands East Indies.
1941"Force Z" (HMSs Prince of Wales and Repulse) sails from Singapore.
1942Papua: U.S. a/c defeat Japanese attempt to land troops at Buna
1942Papua: Japanese troops withdrawing from Gona sustain heavy losses.
1943U.S. fast battleship task force bombards Japanese positions on Nauru.
1943Japanese air raids on British airfields in Assam.
1943New Guinea: Australian troops capture Wareo.
1944U.S. bombers and CV aircraft begin a 72 day pounding of Iwo Jima
1952French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1966US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1982Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents
  Today in Military History 

Dec 09, 2019
536 Belisarius captures Rome
1738Jews are expelled from Breslau, Silesia
1824Chileans defeat Spanish at Ayacucho, Peru
1835Texians capture San Antonio de Bexar from the Mexicans
1854Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" is published
1861Battle of Bird Creek, Indian Territory
1910French troops occupy Agadir, Morroco
1917British forces under General Allenby capture Jerusalem
1931Japanese army attacks Chinese province of Jehol
1933Romania bans Fascistic Iron Guard
1938Prototype radar installed on USS New York (BB-34).
1939Russian air raid on Helsinki
1940Greeks begin counteroffensive against Italians in Albania
1940British first offensive in North Africa, against the Italian Tenth Army
1941Siam agrees to a cease fire with Japan.
1941Japanese troops from Kwajelein occupy Tarawa in the Gilberts.
1941Malaya: Japanese capture Khota Baru airfield in the north.
1941Luzon: Japanese bomb Nichols Field.
1941Luzon: First US bombing mission in Far East, against Japanese troops
1941China declares war on Japan, after four years of "incidents".
1942Australians capture Gona in hand-to-hand fighting.
1943Bougainville: SeaBees complete Torokina airstrip.
1943Chiang Kai-shek requests increased US financial and air assistance.
1948UN General Assembly unanimously approves Convention on Genocide
1961SS Col Adolf Eichman found guilty of war crimes in Israel
1967Nicolea Ceausescu becomes dictator of Romania
1987Palestine uprising begin in Israeli-occupied West Bank
1992Operation Restore Hope begins: US Marines land in Somalia
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1809Napoleon divorces Josephine
1864Sherman reaches Savannah & 12 day siege begins
1877Turkish surrender Plevna to Romano-Russians after a protracted siege
1898Spanish-American War ends, US gains Philippines, Puerto Rico, & Guam
1899Anglo-Boer War: British troops in Cape Colony defeated at Battle of Stormberg
1901First Nobel Peace Prizes, to Jean Henri Dunant and Frederic Passy
1906Theodore Roosevelt is the first American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
1920Woodrow Wilson receives the Nobel Peace Prize
1926Hitler's "Second Book" published
1941Japanese troops begin landings in northern Luzon.
1941Japanese naval aircraft bomb Cavite Navy Yard, Manila Bay.
1941Japanese a/c sink HMSs Prince of Wales and Repulse, South China Sea.
1941Guam surrenders to a Japanese landing force after a two day battle.
1942U.S. aircraft bomb Munda.
1942Japanese aircraft airdrop supplies into Buna.
1942Hitler names Mussert "Fuhrer of the Netherlands "
1942Br offensive in Arakan, moving between the sea and the mountains.
1942Papua: Australian troops land at Oro Bay, near Buna
1948UN General Assembly adopts Universal Declaration of Human Rights
1978Menachem Begin & Anwar Sadat awarded Nobel Peace Prize
1990Hindu-Muslim rioting in Hyderabad-Aligargh, India, 140 die