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More than one general has redeemed faulty dispositions and won fame by a suitably glorious death.-- James Lawton Stokesbury
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1455: In the opening battle of Englands War of the Roses, the Yorkists defeat King Henry VIs Lancastrian forces at St. Albans, 20 miles northwest of London.
1863: Union General Ulysses S. Grants second attack on Vicksburg fails and a siege begins.
1939: Italy and Germany agree to a military and political alliance, giving birth formally to the Axis powers, which will ultimately include Japan.
1962: President John F. Kennedy announces that U.S. spy planes have discovered Soviet missile bases in Cuba.
1966: Advance elements of the 1st Regiment of the Marine 1st Division arrive in Vietnam. The entire division followed by the end of March.
1967: Operation Sam Houston begins as a continuation of border surveillance operations in Pleiku and Kontum Provinces in the Central Highlands by units from the U.S. 4th and 25th Infantry Divisions.
1987: An Iraqi missile hits the American frigate USS Stark in the Persian Gulf.