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As the excited passions of hostile people are of themselves a powerful enemy, both the general and his government should use their best efforts to allay them.-- Lieutenant General Antoine
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1461: Edward IV defeats Henry VIs Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon.
1847: U.S. troops under General Winfield Scott take possession of the Mexican stronghold at Vera Cruz.
1865: The final campaign of the war begins in Virginia when Union troops of General Ulysses S. Grant move against the Confederate trenches around Petersburg. General Robert E. Lees outnumbered Rebels were soon forced to evacuate the city and begin a desperate race west.
1879: British troops of the 90th Light Infantry Regiment repulse a major attack by Zulu tribesmen in northwest Zululand.
1916: The Italians call off the fifth attack on Isonzo.
1917: Marines garrison St. Croix to deny harbor to German submarines.
1936: Italy firebombs the Ethiopian city of Harar.
1941: The British sink five Italian warships off the Peloponnesus coast in the Mediterranean.
1942: British cruiser Trinidad torpedoes itself in the Barents Sea.
1942: German submarine U-585 sinks.