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1777: The Marquis of Lafayette arrived in New England to help the rebellious colonists fight the British.

1778: British and French fleets fought to a standoff in the first Battle of Ushant.

1861: President Abraham Lincoln replaced General Irwin McDowell with General George B. McClellen as head of the Army of the Potomac.

1861: Battle of Mathias Point, VA. Rebel forces repelled a Federal landing.

1863: U.S.S. Clifton, Lieutenant Crocker, with U.S.S. Estrella, Hollyhock, and Sachem in company on a reconnaissance of the Atchafalaya River to the mouth of Bayou Teche, Louisiana, engaged Confederate batteries.

1864: Battle of Darbytown, VA.

1864: Pickets from U.S.S. Shokokon, Acting Master Sheldon, were attacked ashore by Confederate sharpshooters at Turkey Bend, in the James River.

1898: Marines from the USS Dixie were the first to raise the American flag over Puerto Rico.

1909: Orville Wright tested the U.S. Army's first airplane, flying himself and a passenger for 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds over Fort Myer, Virginia.

1944: US 1st Army continues its offensive. The US 8th Corps breaks through between Lessy and Periers, capturing both towns.