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This Day in History
1787: Small farmers in Springfield, Massachusetts led by Daniel Shays, revolt against tax laws. Federal troops break up the protesters of what becomes known as Shays Rebellion.

1863: General Ambrose Burnside is removed as commander of the Army of the Potomac. General Joe Hooker took over command.

1919: The League of Nations, the forerunner of the United Nations, is formed in Paris, France. Lloyd George of Britain, Orlando of Italy, Clemenceau of France, and Woodrow Wilson of the United States are the original signers of the Leagues charter.

1943: The last German airfield in Stalingrad is captured by the Red Army.

1949: Axis Sally, who broadcasted Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe, stands trial in the United States for war crimes.

1951: General Ridgway and I and IX Corps launched Operation THUNDERBOLT, a counteroffensive northward to the Han River. This large-scale reconnaissance in force was the first ground offensive since the full-scale intervention of the Chinese. The purpose of the operation was to determine the enemys disposition of forces and reestablish contact.

1952: During the third largest aerial victory of the Korean War, F-86s shot down 10 MiG-15s and damaged three others without suffering any losses.

1953: Operation SMACK was launched in the western I Corps sector by the U.S. 7th Infantry Division. This air-ground coordinated test strike lasted three hours and involved close air support in concert with a combined arms task force of tanks, infantry and artillery. The operation achieved disappointing results.

1969: The first fully attended meeting of the formal Paris peace talks is held. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, the chief negotiator for the United States, urged an immediate restoration of a genuine DMZ as the first "practical move toward peace."