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This Day in History
1248: The city of Seville, France, surrenders to Ferdinand III of Castile after a two-year siege.

1863: Union forces win the Battle of Orchard Knob, Tennessee.

1863: The Battle of Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War, begins.

1934: The United States and Great Britain agree on a 5-5-3 naval ratio, with both countries allowed to build five million tons of naval ships while Japan can only build three. Japan will denounce the treaty.

1940: President Franklin D. Roosevelt appoints Admiral William D. Leahy as U.S. Ambassador to Vichy France to try to prevent the French fleet and naval bases from falling into German hands.

1940: Romania signs the Tripartite Pact, officially allying itself with Germany, Italy, and Japan.

1941: U.S. troops move into Dutch Guiana to guard the bauxite mines.

1943: U.S. Marines declare the island of Tarawa secure.

1950: A battalion from the Netherlands joined the U.N. forces in Korea. Better known as the "Dutch Battalion," it was attached to the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division. The battalion first saw action on Feb. 12, 1951, in the major battle at Wonju, suffering more than 100 casualties and losing its commander.

1970: Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird discloses the November 21 U.S. raid on the North Vietnamese prison camp at Son Tay. The raid was conducted almost flawlessly, but no prisoners of war were found in the camp.