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    This Day in History
    1553: The Sadians defeat the last of their enemies and establish themselves as rulers of Morocco.

    1739: The Austrians sign the Treaty of Belgrade after having lost the city to the Turks.

    1779: The American navy under John Paul Jones, commanding from Bonhomme Richard, defeats and captures the British man-of-war Serapis.

    1803: British Major General Sir Arthur Wellesley defeats the Marathas at Assaye, India.

    1805: Lieutenant Zebulon Pike pays $2,000 to buy from the Sioux a 9-square-mile tract at the mouth of the Minnesota River that will be used to establish a military post, Fort Snelling.

    1863: Lincoln plans to send relief to the beleaguered Union force at Chattanooga.

    1864: Confederate and Union forces clash at Mount Jackson, Front Royal and Woodstock in Virginia during the Valley campaign.

    1943: Benito Mussolini, deposed dictator of Italy, fashions a new fascist republic—by the leave of his new German masters—which he "rules" from his headquarters in northern Italy.

    1945: The first American dies in Vietnam during the fall of Saigon to French forces.

    1947: James Forrestal, former Secretary of the Navy, takes office as the first Secretary of Defense.