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1776: New York Patriots defeat Scots-American Loyalists at Moores Creek Bridge.

1814: Napoleons Marshal Nicholas Oudinot is pushed back at Barsur-Aube by the Emperors allied enemies shortly before his abdication.

1864: The first Union prisoners arrive at Andersonville Prison in Georgia.

1897: Great Britain agrees to U.S. arbitration in a border dispute between Venezuela and British Guiana, defusing a dangerous U.S.- British diplomatic crisis and recognizing U.S. authority over the Western Hemisphere.


1905: The Japanese push the Russians back in Manchuria, and cross the Sha River.

1920: The United States rejects a Soviet peace offer as propaganda.

1933: The burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin gives the Nazis the opportunity to suspend personal liberty with increased power.

1942: British Commandos raid a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.

1942: Allied Naval Forces attack a Japanese invasion convoy during the Battle of the Java Sea.

1942: The U.S. Navys first aircraft carrier, the Langley, is sunk by Japanese warplanes, and all of its 32 aircraft are lost.