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This Day in History
1539: Hernando de Soto lands in Florida with 600 soldiers in search of gold.

1859: The Piedmontese army crosses the Sesia River and defeats the Austrians at Palestro.

1862: Union General Henry Halleck enters Corinth, Mississippi.

1868: Memorial Day begins when two women place flowers on both Confederate and Union graves.

1912: U.S. Marines are sent to Nicaragua to protect American interests.

1913: The First Balkan War ends.

1921: The U.S. Navy transfers the Teapot Dome oil reserves to the Department of the Interior.

1942: A thousand-plane raid on the German city of Cologne is launched by Great Britain. Almost 1,500 tons of bombs rain down in 90 minutes, delivering a devastating blow to the Germans medieval city as well as its morale.

1951: Eighth Army regained the Kansas Line.

1952: Far East Air Forces had flown 200,000 sorties in the Korean War during some 330 consecutive days of combat operations.