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This Day in History
1783: The Siege of Gibraltar, which was pursued by the Spanish and the French since July 24, 1779, is finally lifted.

1800: Essex becomes first U.S. Navy vessel to cross the Equator.

1862: One day after the fall of Fort Henry on the Tennessee River, Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of Rebel forces in the west, orders 15,000 reinforcements to Fort Donelson.

1913: The Turks lose 5,000 men in a battle with the Bulgarian army in Gallipoli.

1915: Fieldmarshal Paul von Hindenburg moves on Russians at Masurian Lakes.

1917: The British steamer California is sunk off the coast of Ireland by a German U-boat.

1928: The United States signs an arbitration treaty with France.

1944: The Germans launch a second attack against the Allied beachead at Anzio, Italy.

1950: The United States recognizes Vietnam under the leadership of Emperor Bao Dai, not Ho Chi Minh who is recognized by the Soviets.

1955: Seventh Fleet ships begin evacuation of Chinese nationalists from Tachen Islands.