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This Day in History
1813: The Allies defeat Napoleon Bonaparte at Leipzig.

1912: The First Balkan War breaks out between the members of the Balkan League--Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Montenegro--and the Ottoman Empire.

1918: Czechs seize Prague and renounce Hapsburgs rule.

1939: President Franklin D. Roosevelt bans war submarines from U.S. ports and waters.

1942: Vice. Adm. William F. Halsey replaces Vice Adm. Robert L. Ghormley as commander, South Pacific. Brilliant work in the capture of the Solomon Islands and New Guineas led to Halsey's promotion to full admiral. He succeeded in destroying the Japanese fleet in the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944, and commanding U.S. forces in the operations that led to the capture of Okinawa and the surrender of the Japanese there.

1944: Lt. General Joseph Stilwell is recalled from China by president Franklin Roosevelt.

1950: The First Turkish Brigade arrives in Korea to assist the U.N. forces fighting there.

1950: The ROK Capital Division occupied the East Coast ports of Hamhung and Hungnam.