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This Day in History
1746: Prince Charles is defeated at the battle of Culloden, the last pitched battle fought in Britain.

1777: At the Battle of Bennington, New Englands minute men rout British regulars.

1862: Confederate President Jefferson Davis approves a conscription act for white males between 18 and 35.

1863: Admiral David Dixon Porter leads 12 ships past the heavy barrage of Confederate artillery at Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1944: The destroyer USS Laffey survives horrific damage from attacks by 22 Japanese aircraft off Okinawa.

1945: American troops enter Nuremberg, Germany.

1968: The Pentagon announces the "Vietnamization" of the war.

1972: In an effort to help blunt the ongoing North Vietnamese Nguyen Hue Offensive, the United States resumes bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong after a four-year lull.

1977: The ban on women attending West Point is lifted.