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This Day in History
1568: Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, crushes the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent.

1595: Henry IVs army defeats the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise.

1794: The U.S. Congress prohibits citizens from serving in any foreign armed forces.

1827: Athens falls to Ottoman forces.

1856: U.S. Army troops in the Four creeks region of California, head back to quarters, officially ending the Tule River War.

1862: Union troops find Fort Pillow empty.

1863: The Confederate raider CSS Alabama captures the Talisman in the Mid-Atlantic.

1900: British troops under Lord Roberts seize Pretoria from the Boers.

1940: The German army begins its offensive in Southern France.

1944: More than 1,000 British bombers drop 5,000 tons of bombs on German gun batteries placed at the Normandy assault area, while 3,000 Allied ships cross the English Channel in preparation for the invasion of Normandy-D-Day.