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Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates.

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This Day in History
1626: The Danes are crushed by the Catholic League in Germany, marking the end of Danish intervention in European wars.

1776: The Americans are defeated by the British at the Battle of Long Island, New York.

1813: The Allies defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Dresden.

1832: Black Hawk, leader of the Sauk Indians, gave himself up.

1861: Union ships sail into North Carolina's Hatteras Inlet, beginning a two-day operation that secures the area for the Federals and denies the Confederates an important outlet to the Atlantic.



1862: As the Second Battle of Bull Run rages, Confederate soldiers attack Loudoun County, Virginia.

1916: Italy declares war on Germany.

1917: A squadron of minesweepers departs the U.S. for service off France.

1928: Fifteen nations sign the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact, outlawing war and calling for the settlement of disputes through arbitration. Forty-seven other countries eventually sign the pact.

1942: Cuba declared war on Germany, Japan and Italy.