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This Day in History
1669: The island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea falls to the Ottoman Turks after a 21-year siege.

1864: A guerilla band led by William "Bloody Bill" Anderson sacks the town of Centralia, Missouri, killing 22 unarmed Union soldiers before massacring 120 pursuing Yankees.

1915: The German attacks at Eckau (Riga), Dvinsk and on Vilia and Niemen are repulsed.

1916: Constance of Greece declares war on Bulgaria.

1916: At Verdun the German strong attack at nightfall against Thiaumont-Fleury front is repulsed with great loss.

1916: The Romanian Army occupies one-third of Transylvania as the result of one months war.

1918: The second battle of Cambrai and the battle of St. Quentin begin.

1939: 140,000 Polish troops are taken prisoner by the German invaders as Warsaw surrenders to the superior mechanized forces of Hitler's army. The Poles fought bravely, but were able to hold on for only 26 days.

1940: The Axis powers are formed as Germany, Italy, and Japan become allies with the signing of the Tripartite Pact in Berlin.

1942: Australian forces defeat the Japanese on New Guinea in the South Pacific.