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This Day in History
1861: Kansas is admitted to the Union as a free state. It was the 35th state to enter the Union. The struggle between pro-slave and anti-slave forces in Kansas was a major factor in the eruption of the Civil War.

1862: William Quantrill and his Confederate raiders attack Danville, Kentucky.

1942: German and Italian troops take Benghazi in North Africa.

1942: Britain and the USSR secure an agreement with Iran that offers Iran protection while creating a supply route from the West to Russia for the Allies.

1951: The Greek Battalion and supporting artillery killed 800 communist troops in a battle culminating with a bayonet charge near Ch'ungju.

1952: The U.S. Air Forces 315th Air Division, Combat Cargo Command, airlifted its 1,000,000th passenger between Japan and Korea.

1968: In his annual budget message, President Lyndon B. Johnson asks for $26.3 billion to continue the war in Vietnam, and announces an increase in taxes.

1974: The fighting continues in South Vietnam despite the cease-fire that was initiated on January 28, 1973, under the provisions of the Paris Peace Accords.

1984: The Soviets issue a formal complaint against alleged U.S. arms treaty violations.

1991: Iraqi forces attack into Saudi Arabian town of Kafji, but are turned back by Coalition forces.