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This Day in History
1862: Confederate forces strike Union troops in the Peninsular campaign.

1864: Confederates attack Union troops at the strategic crossroads of Cold Harbor, less than a dozen miles from Richmond.

1877: U.S. troops are authorized to pursue bandits into Mexico.

1916: The National Defense Act increases the strength of the U.S. National Guard by 450,000 men.

1941: The German Army completes the capture of Crete as the Allied evacuation ends.

1942: America begins sending Lend-Lease materials to the Soviet Union.

1951: Operation PILEDRIVER began as elements of the I and IX Corps advanced towards the Wyoming Line, some 30 kilometers north in the "Iron Triangle". Eighth Army had pushed north of the 38th parallel in most sectors.

1951: The carrier USS Bon Homme Richard and the cruiser USS Los Angeles entered Korean waters.

1951: Far East Air Force placed "MiG Alley" off-limits for all Bomber Command aircraft not accompanied by a fighter escort.