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1813: Marines landed at York, Lake Ontario, with soldiers to burn stores and barracks of the British.

1864: Ulysses S. Grant was named General of Volunteers.

1865: The Navy’s East India Squadron established to operate from Sunda Strait to Japan.

1874: Commissioning of USS Intrepid, first U.S. warship equipped with torpedoes.

1912: The first attempt to launch an airplane by catapult is made at Annapolis.

1917: Third Battle of Ypres begins. British and French attack on 15-mile front in Flanders, take 12 villages and claim 5,000 prisoners.

1918: The 42nd Division (26 states and DC) is ordered to capture Hill 177 in preparation for the Aisne Offensive.

1942: American bombers attack targets on Tulagi and bomb the airfield the Japanese are building on Guadalcanal.

1943: The US 45th Division occupies Santo Stefano. British and Canadian units move toward Regalbuto and Centuripe.

1944: American 1st Army continues to advance. The US 4th Armored Division captures crossings over the Selune River near Pontaubault. The German counterattack on the left flank continues around Tessy and Percy.