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This Day in History
1815: USS Peacock takes HMS Nautilus, last action of the War of 1812.

1834: Congress placed the Marine Corps under Navy jurisdiction.

1862: The Seven Days' Battles continues at Glendale (White Oak Swamp), Virginia, as Robert E. Lee has a chance to deal a decisive blow against George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac.

1863: Union and Confederate cavalries clashed at Hanover, Pennsylvania.

1943: General Douglas MacArthur launches Operation Cartwheel, a multi-pronged assault on Rabaul and several islands in the Solomon Sea in the South Pacific.

1943: American forces land on several islands of the New Georgia group. Rendova island is targeted, in particular.

1943: A mixed Australian and American unit known as McKechnie Force lands at Nassau Bay near Salamaua from Morobe. There is heavy Japanese resistance to the landing.

1944: German resistance in the Cotentin Peninsula ends.

1944: Elements of US 5th Army are heavily engaged in Cecina. The main advance inland is slowed by a new German defensive line south of Siena and Arezzo.

1944: The American 5th Amphibious Corps has captured over half of Saipan. Fighting north of Mount Tipo Pale and Mount Tapotchau continues. Death Valley and Purple Heart Ridge are cleared.