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This Day in History
1760: Austrian and Russian troops enter Berlin and begin burning structures and looting.

1781: Americans begin shelling the British surrounded at Yorktown.

1863: Confederate cavalry raiders return to Chattanooga after attacking Union General William Rosecrans supply and communication lines all around east Tennessee.

1864: Union cavalry in the Shenandoah Valley deal a humiliating defeat to their Confederate counterparts at Toms Brook, Virginia.

1914: Germans take Antwerp, Belgium, after a 12-day siege.

1940: The dome of St. Pauls Cathedral is pierced by a Nazi bomb, leaving the high altar in ruin. This was one of the few occasions that the 17th-century cathedral suffered significant damage during Germanys nearly ceaseless bombing raids on London in the fall of 1940.

1950: Major Eighth Army units assembled along the 38th parallel. Tenth Corps' 1st Marine Division began embarkation at Inchon for sea movement to Wonsan on the East Coast. The 1st Cavalry Division crossed the 38th parallel north of Kaesong and attacked northward toward Pyongyang.

1967: Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, better known to the world as "Che" Guevara, is executed by Bolivian armed forces.

1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird announces that U.S. commanders in Vietnam have been given new orders aimed at placing the "highest priority" on shifting the burden of the fighting to the South Vietnamese forces.

1970: The Khmer Republic is proclaimed in Cambodia.