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This Day in History
1690: Belgrade is retaken by the Turks.

1855: Arrow, a ship flying the British flag, is boarded by Chinese who arrest the crew, thus beginning the Second Chinese War.

1862: The Confederate invasion of Kentucky stalls when Union General Don Carlos Buell stops General Braxton Bragg at Perryville.

1918: U.S. Corporal Alvin C. York is credited with single-handedly killing 25 German soldiers and capturing 132 in the Argonne Forest of France.

1941: The German invasion of the Soviet Union begins a new stage with Hitlers forces capturing Mariupol.

1950: The United Nations General Assembly authorized General MacArthur to cross the 38th parallel. ROK troops had already crossed on Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Premier Mao Tse-tung secretly ordered Chinese "volunteers" to "resist the attacks of U.S. imperialism."

1950: The 1st Marine Division commenced embarking at Inchon for landings at Wonsan, Korea.

1952: Operation RED COW, a joint Navy-Air Force mission against enemy positions near Kaesong, was conducted with Navy F2H Banshee fighter jets from Task Force 77 providing fighter escort for Air Force B-29 Super Fortress bombers. This was one of only two instances in the war in which Navy fighters escorted Air Force bombers.

1968: Operation Sealords is launched in the Mekong Delta by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces.

876: Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach.