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A bold general may be lucky, but no general can be lucky unless he is bold.

-- Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell

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This Day in History
1777: The American flag is flown in battle for the first time, during a Revolutionary War skirmish at Cooch's Bridge, Maryland.

1782: As a token of gratitude for French aid during the American Revolution, the U.S. gives the America (first ship-of-the-line built by U.S.) to France to replace a French ship lost in Boston.

1783: The Treaty of Paris between the United States and Great Britain officially ended the Revolutionary War.

1826: USS Vincennes left NY to become first warship to circumnavigate globe.

1855: General William Harney and 700 soldiers take revenge for the Grattan Massacre with a brutal attack on a Sioux village in Nebraska.

1861: Confederate General Leonidas Polk commits a major political blunder by marching his troops into Columbus, Kentucky, negating Kentucky's avowed neutrality and causing the Unionist legislature to invite the U.S. government to drive the invaders away.

1862: U.S.S. Essex, commanded by Commodore W. D. Porter, in pursuit of the C.S.S. Webb, had a landing party fired on at Natchez, Mississippi, from which Union forces had withdrawn on 25 July. Essex bombarded the town for an hour, after which the mayor "unconditionally surrendered" the city to Porter.

1864: The Battle of Berryville, VA. takes place.

1908: Orville Wright began two weeks of flight trials that impressed onlookers with his complete control of his new Type A Military Flyer. In addition to setting an altitude record of 310 feet and an endurance record of more than one hour, he had carried aloft the first military observer, Lieutenant Frank Lahm.

1925: The dirigible "Shenandoah" crashed near Caldwell Ohio, 13 die. The 682-foot Shenandoah, a dirigible built by the U.S. Navy in 1923, broke apart in mid-air.