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This Day in History
1276: Suspicious of the intentions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, the Prince of Wales, English King Edward I resolves to invade Wales.

1863: Confederate General James Longstreet arrives at Loudon, Tennessee, to assist the attack on Union General Ambrose Burnsides troops at Knoxville.

1864: Union General William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea.

1867: After more than a decade of ineffective military campaigns, a conference begins at Fort Laramie to discuss alternative solutions to the "Indian problem" and to initiate peace negotiations with the Sioux.

1912: LT. Theodore Ellyson makes the first successful launching of an airplane (A-3) by catapult.

1941: The temperature on the Moscow front plummeted to twelve degrees centigrade below zero. For the first time, Soviet ski troops were launched into action. For many German soldiers, frostbite emerged as an unexpected, crippling foe.

1941: The temperature on the Moscow front plummeted to twelve degrees centigrade below zero. For the first time, Soviet ski troops were launched into action. For many German soldiers, frostbite emerged as an unexpected, crippling foe.

1943: President Roosevelt embarks on the USS Iowa (BB-61) to go to the Allied conferences at Tehran.

1944: U.S. fighters wipe out a Japanese convoy near Leyte, consisting of six destroyers, four transports and 8,000 troops.

1944: 32 British Lancaster bombers attack and sink the mighty German battleship Tirpitz.