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I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.

-- Oliver Cromwell

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This Day in History
1808: Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of U.S. ships.

1864: General Grant bans the trading of prisoners.

1864: Confederate forces attack Plymouth, North Carolina, in an attempt to recapture ports lost to the Union two years before.

1941: The Yugoslav army, encircled in Bosnia, surrenders to Germany and signs a formal capitulation in Belgrade.

1945: U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash commandeers over half a ton of uranium at Strassfut, Germany.

1951: Operation DAUNTLESS continued to advance against weakened communist resistance in the 24th and 25th Infantry Division zones.

1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion begins when a CIA financed and trained group of Cuban refugees lands in Cuba and attempts to topple the communist government of Fidel Castro.

1975: Khmer Rouge forces capture the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.