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1916: On the Eastern Front, the Russians counter the Verdun assault with an attack at Lake Naroch. The Russians lose 100,000 men and the Germans lose 20,000.

1917: The Germans sink the U.S. ships, City of Memphis, Vigilante and the Illinois, without any type of warning.

1942: The War Relocation Authority is created to "Take all people of Japanese descent into custody, surround them with troops, prevent them from buying land, and return them to their former homes at the close of the war."

1942: The third military draft begins in the United States.

1943: American forces take Gafsa in Tunisia.

1944: The Russians reach the Rumanian border.

1969: U.S. B-52 bombers are diverted from their targets in South Vietnam to attack suspected communist base camps and supply areas in Cambodia for the first time in the war.

1975: South Vietnam abandons most of the Central Highlands to North Vietnamese forces.