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This Day in History
1781: The French fleet arrives in the Chesapeake Bay to aid the American Revolution.

1813: Creek Indians massacre more then 500 whites at Fort Mims Alabama.

1861: Union General John Fremont declares martial law throughout Missouri and makes his own emancipation proclamation to free slaves in the state. President Lincoln overrules the general.

1862: Confederates under Edmund Kirby Smith rout a Union army at Richmond, Kentucky, in one of the most lopsided engagements of the Civil War.

1944: Ploesti, the center of the Rumanian oil industry, falls to Soviet troops.

1945: General Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan to oversee the formal surrender ceremony and to organize the postwar Japanese government.

1950: The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division relieved the ROK 1st Division on the Naktong River front.

1961: Two Cuban frigates fire on Navy aircraft on training mission over international waters.

1995: NATO planes and UN artillery fire on Serb targets in Bosnia in response to the market attack in Sarajevo.

2001: US warplanes bombed an Iraqi radar site near Basras airport.