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This Day in History
1793: France declares war on Britain and the Netherlands.

1861: Texas becomes the seventh state to secede from the Union when a state convention votes 166 to 8 in favor of the measure.

1909: U.S. troops leave Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as president.

1942: Planes of the U.S. Pacific fleet attack Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.

1943: Japanese forces on Guadalcanal Island, defeated by Marines, start to withdraw after the Japanese emperor finally gives them permission.

1943: American tanks and infantry are battered at German positions at Fais pass in North Africa.

1944: U.S. Army troops invade two Kwajalein Islands in the Pacific.

1945: U.S. Rangers and Filipino guerrillas rescue 513 American survivors of the Bataan Death March.

1951: Third A-bomb tests are completed in the desert of Nevada.

1951: By a vote of 44 to 7, the United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution condemning the communist government of the Peoples Republic of China for acts of aggression in Korea.