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    This Day in History
    1862: The first day of the Seven Days campaign begins with fighting at Oak Grove, Virginia.

    1864: Pennsylvania troops begin digging a tunnel toward the Rebels at Petersburg, Virginia, in order to blow a hole in the Confederate lines and break the stalemate.

    1876: Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeat Lieutenant Colonel George Custer and much of his 7th Cavalry at the Battle of the Little Big Horn.

    1920: The Greeks take 8,000 Turkish prisoners in Smyrna.

    1941: Finland declares war on the Soviet Union.

    1942: Following his arrival in London, Major General Dwight D. Eisenhower takes command of U.S. forces in Europe.

    1948: The Soviet Union tightens its blockade of Berlin by intercepting river barges heading for the city.

    1950: The North Korean Peoples Army (NKPA) crossed the 38th Parallel at 0500 hours with 60,000 troops to launch an all-out offensive on the Republic of Korea. The United Nations Security Council, in the absence of the Soviet Union, adopted a resolution calling for the withdrawal of North Korean forces to the parallel.

    1969: The U.S. Navy turns 64 river patrol gunboats valued at $18.2 million over to the South Vietnamese Navy in what is described as the largest single transfer of military equipment in the war thus far.

    841: Charles the Bald and Louis the German defeat Lothar at Fontenay.