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1479-BC-- Battle of Megiddo: Thutmose III defeats the King of Kadesh
1215King John of England "agrees" to Magna Carta
1266Battle of Chesterfield ends the Second Barons' War
1464Hexham: Yorkists defeat Lancastrians, securing the throne for Edward IV
1525Frankenhausen: barons massacre 5,000, ending the German Peasants' War
1768Genoa cedes Corsica to France
1848King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies engineers an absolutist coup
1862Ben Butler issues his famous "Woman Order"
1862Battle of Princeton, WV
1864Battle of New Market, Virginia
1882Tsar Alexander III bans Jews from living in rural areas
1902Anglo-Boer War: Final meetings at Vereeniging start
1919Greek Army lands at Smyrna, seeking to conquer Anatolia
1941British attack Halfaya Pass & Fort Capuzzo in Egypt & Libya
1942Gasoline rationing introduced by the US
1943Cuban Lt. Mario Ramirez Delgado's sub chaser CS-13 gets U-176.
1945British ships & a/c hit Japanese installations in the Andaman Islands.
1948Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, & Saudi-Arabia attack Israel
1957First British A-bomb explosion, Christmas Island, the Pacific
1958USSR launches Sputnik III
1960Sputnik IV launched into Earth orbit
1972Ryukyu Is are returned to Japan after 27 years of American control
1972George Wallace shot & left paralyzed by Arthur Bremer in Laurel, Md
  Today in Military History 

May 16, 2021
0 Feast of St. Brendan, 6th Century Irish navigator
1152King Henry II (age 19) weds Eleanor of Aquitaine (30)
1527Republican uprising in Florence expels the Medici
1703Tsar Peter the Great founds St. Petersburg
1770Prince Louis [XVI] of France (age 16) and Marie Antoinette (14)
1811Peninsular War: Allies defeat French at Albuera
1820USS Congress is the first American warship to visit China
1861Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in the Civil War
1863Vicksburg Campaign: Battle of Champion's Hill
1864Battle of Bermuda Hundred, VA
1919Three Navy flying boats begin trans-Atlantic flight (see 25th)
1920Joan of Arc canonized
1942Indian Nationalists demand U.S. "Quit India" as US service troops arrive
1943German troops destroy the main synagogue of Warsaw
1944Siege of Kohima ended, as the last Japanese resistance crushed.
1944German military police attack gypsies in the Netherlands
1992Space Shuttle Endeavor completes maiden voyage, landing safely (STS-49)
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1756Seven Years' War: Britain declares war on France
1809Papal States annexed by France
1814Denmark cedes Norway to Sweden
1863Battle of Big Black River Bridge, MS
1864Battle of Adairsville Georgia, Union forces Confederates to retreat
1900Anglo-Boer War: Relieve of Mafeking
1905Norway declares independence from Sweden
1938Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan lands in Dublin rather than California
1940Germans occupy Brussels
1942Japanese sub I-28 sunk by Tautog, I-164 by Triton
1944Surabaya: American heavy bombers stage nocturnal raid
1944Royal Navy raids Surabaya, Java
1944Burma: Merrill's Marauders take Myitkina airfield in a coup de main.
1945Last naval battle of WW II: Jap. CA Haguro sunk by Br DDs, Malacca Str.
1987USS Stark hit by Iraqi missiles, 37 sailors die