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This Day in History
1774: The Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to allow British soldiers into their houses, is reenacted.

1818: The British army defeats the Maratha alliance in Bombay, India.

1859: French forces cross the Ticino River.

1865: At Galveston, Texas, Confederate general Edmund Kirby Smith surrenders the Trans-Mississippi Department to Union forces.

1942: The American aircraft carriers Enterprise, Hornet and Yorktown move into their battle positions for the Battle of Midway.

1944: The United States begins "shuttle bombing" in Operation Frantic.

1951: Operation PILEDRIVER began as elements of the I and IX Corps advanced towards the Wyoming Line, some 30 kilometers north in the "Iron Triangle." Eighth Army had pushed north of the 38th parallel in most sectors. It was during PILEDRIVER the last major U.N. offensive before the commencement of truce talks, that the U.N. forces reached the limit of their advance and the war of movement came to a close.

1965: The first contingent of Australian combat troops arrives by plane in Saigon.

1969: The Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne slices the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half off the shore of South Vietnam.