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This Day in History
1863: Nathaniel Banks, commander of the Union Department of the Gulf, surrounds the Confederate stronghold at Port Hudson and attacks.

1940: British forces attack German General Rommels 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.

1940: A Nazi "special unit" carries out its mission-and murders more than 1,500 mentally ill hospital patients in East Prussia over an 18-day period.

1941: The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.

1942: 4,300 Jews are deported from the Polish town of Chelm to the Nazi extermination camp at Sobibor, where all are gassed to death. On the same day, the German firm IG Farben sets up a factory just outside Auschwitz, in order to take advantage of Jewish slave laborers from the Auschwitz concentration camps.

1951: The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.

1969: A U.S. military command spokesman in Saigon defends the battle for Ap Bia Mountain as having been necessary to stop enemy infiltration and protect the city of Hue.