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This Day in History
1865: The U.S. House of Representatives passes the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in the United States. It read, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

1915: Germans use poison gas on the Russians at Bolimov.

1915: German U-boats sink two British steamers in the English Channel.

1917: Germany announces the renewal of unlimited submarine warfare in the Atlantic, and German torpedo-armed submarines prepare to attack any and all ships, including civilian passenger carriers, said to be sited in war-zone waters.

1943: The Battle of Stalingrad ends as small groups of German soldiers of the Sixth Army surrender to the victorious Red Army forces.

1944: U.S. troops under Vice Adm. Spruance land on Kwajalien atoll in the Marshall Islands.

1945: Pvt. Eddie Slovik becomes the first American soldier since the Civil War to be executed for desertion and the only one who suffered such a fate during World War II.

1951: Belgian troops under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Albert Crahay arrived in Korea to join Eighth Army.

1966: U.S. planes resume bombing of North Vietnam after a 37-day pause.

1967: U.S.M.C. Lt. Frank Reasoner of Kellogg, Idaho, leading the Viet Cong ambush Company A of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, wins the first Marine Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War.