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    This Day in History
    1270: The Seventh Crusade ends by the Treaty of Barbary.

    1697: The Treaty of Ryswick ends the war between France and the Grand Alliance.

    1899: Two battalions of British troops are cut off, surrounded and forced to surrender to General Petrus Jouberts Boers at Nicholsons Nek.

    1918: Turkey signs an armistice with the Allies, agreeing to end hostilities at noon, October 31.

    1918: The Italians capture Vittorio Veneto and rout the Austro-Hungarian army.

    1941: President Roosevelt, determined to keep the United States out of the war while helping those allies already mired in it, approves $1 billion in Lend-Lease loans to the Soviet Union.

    1941: The U.S. destroyer Reuben James, on convoy duty off Iceland, is sunk by a German U-boat with the loss of 96 Americans.

    1950: The First Marine Division is ordered to replace the entire South Korean I Corps at the Chosin Reservoir area.

    1965: Just miles from Da Nang, U.S. Marines repel an intense attack by successive waves of Viet Cong troops and kill 56 guerrillas. A search of the dead uncovered a sketch of Marine positions written on the body of a 13-year-old Vietnamese boy who had been selling drinks to the Marines the previous day. This incident was indicative of the nature of a war in which even the most seemingly innocent child could be the enemy.

    1970: Fighting in the five northern-most provinces comes to a virtual halt as the worst monsoon rains in six years strikes the region.