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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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This Day in History
1839: The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.

1864: Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow drowns off the North Carolina coast when a Yankee craft runs her ship aground. She was returning from a trip to England.

1880: John Phillip Sousa becomes the leader of the Marine Corps Band.

1914: The Russians recover Augustovo and begin a nine-days attack (Battle of Augustovo) on the retreating Germans.

1915: German attacks on Dvinsk and Smorgon; Linsingen gains ground 25 miles east of Lutsk.

1915: British monitors bombard Lombaertzyde and Middelkerke.

1916: Bulgaria declares war on Romania.

1942: The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.

1943: British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.

1944: The U.S. First Army begins the siege Aachen, Germany.