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This Day in History
1708: French forces seize control of the eastern shore of Newfoundland after winning a victory at St. Johns.

1862: The U.S. Congress authorizes the Medal of Honor to be awarded to Navy personnel who have distinguished themselves by their gallantry in action.

1866: Determined to challenge the growing American military presence in their territory, Indians in northern Wyoming lure Lieutenant Colonel William Fetterman and his soldiers into a deadly ambush. Fetterman and eighty soldiers were killed.

1944: German troops surround the 101st Airborne Division at the Bastogne in Belgium.

1950: Far East Air Force executed "Operation Kiddie Car" by transporting 1,000 Korean War orphans to the island of Cheju-do.

1951: General Matthew Ridgway broadcasted a message requesting that the Red Cross be allowed to inspect communist POW camps.

1969: Thailand announces plans to withdraw its 12,000-man contingent from South Vietnam. Thai forces went to Vietnam as part of the Free World Military Forces, an effort by President Lyndon B. Johnson to enlist allies for the United States and South Vietnam.

1972: The Defense Department announces that eight B-52 bombers and several fighter-bombers were lost since the commencement of Operation Linebacker II on December 18.

68: Vespian, a gruff-spoken general of humble origins, enters Rome and is named emperor by the Senate.