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This Day in History
1698: After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forces Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.

1759: The French fleet is destroyed by the British under "Old Dreadnought" Boscawen at the battle of Lagos Bay.

1862: Confederate General J.E.B. Stuarts headquarters is raided by Union troops of the 5th New York and 1st Michigan cavalries.

1864: Union General Ulysses S. Grant tries to cut a vital Confederate lifeline into Petersburg, Virginia, with an attack on the Weldon Railroad. Although the Yankees succeeded in capturing a section of the line, the Confederates simply used wagons to bring supplies from the railhead into the city.

1870: Prussian forces defeat the French at the Battle of Gravelotte during the Franco-Prussian War.

1914: Germany declares war on Russia while President Woodrow Wilson issues his Proclamation of Neutrality.

1943: The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completes the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.

1951: The Battle of Bloody Ridge began. During the battle, the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division and its attached units sustained 326 killed in action, 2,032 wounded and 414 missing. The enemys dead totaled 1,389. The 15th Field Artillery Battalion set a record of 14,425 rounds fired in a 24-hour period.

1951: U.N. aircraft began Operation STRANGLE to interdict North Korean rail and supply lines.

1965: After a deserter from the First Vietcong Regiment had revealed that an attack was imminent against the U.S. base at Chu Lai, the Marines launch Operation Starlite in the Van Tuong peninsula in Quang Ngai Province.