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1628: After a fifteen-month siege, the Huguenot town of La Rochelle surrenders to royal forces.

1768: Germans and Acadians join French Creoles in their armed revolt against the Spanish governor of New Orleans.

1863: In a rare night attack, Confederates under Gen. James Longstreet attack a Federal force near Chattanooga, Tennessee, hoping to cut their supply line, the "cracker line." They fail.

1864: Union forces withdraw from Fair Oaks, Virginia, after failing to breach the Confederate defenses around Richmond.

1914: The German cruiser Emden, disguised as a British ship, steams into Penang Harbor near Malaya and sinks the Russian light cruiser Zhemchug.

1940: Mussolini's army, already occupying Albania, invades Greece in what will prove to be a disastrous military campaign for the Duce's forces. The Greeks succeeded in pushing the Italian invaders back into Albania after just one week, and the Axis power spent the next three months fighting for its life in a defensive battle.

1962: Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev orders withdrawal of missiles from Cuba, ending the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1964: U.S. T-28 airplanes flown by Thai pilots bomb and strafe North Vietnamese villages in the Mugia Pass area.

1965: Viet Cong commandos damage and destroy a number of allied aircraft in two separate raids on U.S. air bases, including Chu Lai, on the coast of the South China Sea in Quang Tin Province, I Corps.

312: Constantine the Great defeats Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maxentius at the Mulvian Bridge.