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Friday, September 20, 2019
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1356English defeat French at Battle of Poitiers
1676Rebels under Nathaniel Bacon burn Jamestown, Va
1777Battle of Freeman's Farm (1st Battle of Saratoga)
1862Battle of Iuka, Miss
1863Battle of Chickamauga begins
18643rd Battle of Winchester Virginia (Opequon)
1870Franco-Prussian War: Germans lay siege to Paris
1890Turkish frigate Ertogrul burns off of Japan, 540 die
1939German Army murders 100 Jews in Lukov, Poland
1939British Expeditionary Force reaches France
1940Nazi decree forbids gentile woman from working in Jewish homes
1943U.S carrier aircraft and B-24s raid Tarawa.
1945Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) sentenced to death in London
1957First underground nuclear explosion, Las Vegas, Nevada
1959Nikita Khrushchev is denied access to Disneyland
1973Carl XVI Gustaf becomes King of Sweden
1988Israel launches 1st satellite, for secret military reconnaissance
  Today in Military History 

Sep 20, 2019
451 Roman General Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at Chalons-sur-Marne
622 Mohammad's Hegira
1378Anti-pope Robert of Geneva, "the butcher of Cesena" crowned as Clement VII
1565Spaniards capture Fort Caroline, Fla, & massacre the French settlers
1697Peace of Saki (ends Nine Years' War/War of English Succession)
1700Prince of Macchia leads an anti-Spanish coup at Naples (fails Sep 23)
1792French defeat Prussians at Valmy
1797US frigate Constitution - "Old Ironsides" -- launched in Boston
1854British & French defeat Russians at the Alma, in the Crimea
1860The Prince of Wales visits New York, the "Fighting 69th" mutinies
1861Confederates capture Lexington, Mo (invested on the 12th)
1862Prussian minister Otto von Bismarck says Germany needs "Blood and Iron."
1863Battle of Shepardstown, VA
1863Battle of Chickamauga, ends in Confederate victory
1870Italian troops capture Rome from Pope Pius IX
1881Former New York Quartermaster General Chester A Arthur becomes president
1912Montenegro invades Turkey, igniting First Balkan War
1979Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire overthrown
1984Suicide car bomb attacks US Embassy annex in Beirut, kills 23
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1348Jews in Zurich Switzerland are accused of poisoning wells
1451Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge
1529Austrians drive the Turks from the gates of Vienna
1776Five days after the British take NY much of the city burns down
1780Benedict Arnold gives British Major John Andre the plans to West Point
1792French National Convention abolishes the monarchy
1821Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, & El Salvador declare independence from Spain
1858Sloop Niagara sails from Charleston, for Liberia, with liberated slaves
1861Combat at Pappinsville, Mo
1863Union forces retreat to Chattanooga after defeat at Chickamauga
1913Turkey & Bulgaria sign peace treaty in Constantinople
1941Patrick Henry, the first Liberty-ship, is launched
1942Commonwealth forces undertake an offensive on the Arakan coast of Burma.
1942116 hostages executed by Nazis in Paris
1943Aussie raiders in 6 canoes sink two ships with mines in Singapore.
194412 TF 38 carriers launch air strikes against Japanese targets on Luzon.
1944Last British paratroopers holding the bridge at Arnhem surrender
1949Federal Republic of Germany established
1949People's Republic of China proclaimed
1954Nuclear submarine Nautilus is commissioned
1957Olav V assumes the throne of Norway
1964Malta, G.C., gains its independence from Britain
1972President Ferdinand Marcos declares martial law in Philippines