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This Day in History
1862: Confederate General Robert E. Lee attacks Union General George McClellan as he is pulling his army away from Richmond, Virginia, in retreat during the Seven Days' Battles.

1863: Lee ordered his forces to concentrate near Gettysburg, PN.

1918: Marines landed at Vladivostok, Russia, to protect the American Consulate.

1942: Chiang Kai-shek presents his Three Demands to General Stilwell: three US divisions before September, 500 combat planes, and a guaranteed monthly aerial supply of 5,000 tons.

1943: A squadron of American cruisers and destroyers shells the Japanese base at Shortland while other vessels lay mines in the area.

1943: Germany began withdrawing U-boats from North Atlantic in anticipation of the Allied invasion of Europe.

1944: On Biak, American forces mop up lingering Japanese resistance.

1945: President Truman approves the plan, devised by the joint chiefs of staff, to invade Japan. The plan calls for 5 million troops, mostly Americans.

1949: US troops withdrew from Korea after WW II.

1950: Great Britain announced that her Far Eastern Fleet would join the fight in Korea, including the carrier HMS Triumph with 40 planes, three cruisers, seven destroyers and eight frigates manned by 6,000 men. New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, the Philippines and India also offered assistance to the Republic of Korea.