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This Day in History
1775: George Washington arrived in Boston and took over as commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army.

1862: Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough's fleet covered the withdrawal of General McClellan's army after a furious battle with Confederate forces under General Robert E. Lee at Malvern Hill.

1863: General Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia attacks General George G. Meades Army of the Potomac at both Culps Hill and Little Round Top, but fails to move the Yankees from their positions.

1864: General Early and Confederate forces reached Winchester.

1923: Commissioning of Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.

1926: The U.S. Army Air Corps was created by Congress.

1926: An Act of Congress (Public Law 446-69th Congress (44 Stat. 780)) established the Soldier’s Medal for acts of heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy.

1943: The American buildup on Rendova Island continues but the Japanese garrison continues to resist. During the night a Japanese naval force bombards the American positions with little effect.

1943: Lieutenant Charles B. Hall of Brazil, Indiana became the first Tuskegee Airman to score a confirmed kill when he shot down a German fighter plane.

1944: There are Allied landing on Numfoor Island. About 7100 troops, including elements of the US 168th Infantry Division and Australian forces, under the command of US General Patrick establish a beachhead on the north coast near Kamiri Airfield.