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1520: Hernando Cortes defeats Spanish troops sent against him in Mexico.

1774: Parliament passes the Coercive Acts to punish the colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior. The acts close the port of Boston.

1784: The Peace of Versailles ends a war between France, England, and Holland.

1799: Napoleon Bonaparte orders a withdrawal from his siege of St. Jean d Acre in Egypt.

1859: A force of Austrians collide with Piedmontese cavalry at the village of Montebello, in northern Italy.

1902: The U.S. military occupation of Cuba ends.

1940: The German army in northern France reaches the English Channel. In reaching Abbeville, German armored columns, led by General Heinz Guderian, severed all communication between the British Expeditionary Force in the north and the main French army in the south.

1941: Germany invades Crete by air.

1942: Japan completes the conquest of Burma.

1951: U.S. Air Force Captain James Jabara becomes the first jet air ace in history.