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This Day in History
1780: Charleston, South Carolina falls to British forces.

1864: Close-range firing and hand-to-hand combat at Spotsylvania Court House, Virginia, result in one of the most brutal battles of the Civil War.

1864: Union General Benjamin Butler attacks Drewrys Bluff on the James River.

1865: The last land battle of the Civil war occurs at Palmito Ranch, Texas. It is a Confederate victory.

1885: In the Battle of Batoche, French Canadians rebel against the Canadian government.

1940: The Nazi conquest of France begins with the crossing Muese River.

1941: Adolf Hitler sends two bombers to Iraq to support Rashid Ali al-Gailani in his revolt against Britain, which is trying to enforce a previously agreed upon Anglo-Iraqi alliance.

1942: The Soviet Army launches its first major offensive of the war, taking Kharkov in the eastern Ukraine.

1943: Axis forces in North Africa surrender.

1949: The Berlin Blockade lifted.