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   GO3  Sept. 22 in military history:

0 - Feast of St. Maurice, Roman soldier, African martyr, Patron of the Infantry
1609 - Spain orders Moslems to convert or leave the country
1776 - John Paul Jones & USS 'Providence' raid British shipping in Canso Bay, N.S.
1864 - Battle of Fisher's Hill, Va: Gen Early Retreats to Brown's Gap
1864 - Gen. Sheridan sets up camp in Harrisonburg, Va
1914 - German sub 'U-9' sinks the British cruisers 'Aboukir', 'Cressy', & 'Hogue', 1,397 die
1943 - Brit midget subs attack German battleship 'Tirpitz' in Norwegian waters
1943 - Kate Smith's 13 hour radio appeal sells $39 million in war bonds
1944 - Boulogne liberated by the Allies
1949 - First Russian atomic bomb explosion
1958 - Elvis arrives at the Brooklyn Army Terminal, to board a transport for Germany
1979 - The "Vela Incident": Several instruments aboard the US "Vela-5b" satellite detect a curious 'double flash' of light in the Arctic Ocean, about half way between South Africa and Antarctica, indicating a possible nuclear blast, a missile reentry, or a meteor
1980 - Iraq invades Iran, initiating an eight year war
Wednesday at 22:48 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 20 in military history:

1187 - Saladin besieges Jerusalem
1797 - US frigate 'Constitution' - "Old Ironsides" - launched in Boston
1857 - British retake Delhi from the Sepoy mutineers
1860 - The Prince of Wales visits New York, causing the Fighting 69th to "mutiny"
1863 - Battle of Chickamauga ends in Confederate victory
1912 - Montenegro invades Turkey, igniting the First Balkan War
1941 - Italian UDT teams sink three ships in Gibraltar harbor
1950 - Omar Bradley is promoted to five star rank as a General of the Army
1979 - A coup ousts Emperor Bokassa I of the Central African Empire (Dec 4, 1976 - Sep 20, 1979 ), restoring a republic
1984 - Hezbollah suicide bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, 25 die
September 19 at 22:57 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 18 in military history:

1864 - Battle of Martinsburg, W. Va
1914 - Battle of the Aisne: the Germans hold the French, trench warfare begins
1914 - South African troops land in German South West Africa
1931 - Japan occupies Manchuria
1939 - Joint German-Soviet "Victory Parade" over Poland in Brest-Litovsk
1940 - Italian troops capture Sidi Barrani, Egypt
1943 - B-24s bomb Tarawa, in the Gilbert Islands.
1982 - Christian militia kills 600 Palestinians in Lebanon, the Jews are blamed
1988 - Coup in Haiti
September 18 at 00:43 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 15 in military history:

1776 - British troops make an amphibious assault at Kip's Bay, New York (East River & 34th St )
1862 - Antietam Campaign: Stonewall Jackson captures Harpers Ferry
1862 - Antietam Campaign: US troops find Lee's GO No. 191, wrapping some cigars
1914 - Battle of the Aisne begins between Germans & French
1914 - US forces evacuate Vera Cruz, Mexico
1916 - Battle of the Somme: British send tanks into action for the first time
1918 - Cpl Lee Duncan, US 135th Aero Sqn, finds some German shepherd pups in a bombed out military kennel near Toul in France, one of whom becomes Rin Tin Tin
1923 - Gov. John Walton places Oklahoma under martial law to cope with KKK terrorism
1935 - Nuremberg Laws deprive German Jews of citizenship
1940 - Battle of Britain: The Luftwaffe loses 185 aircraft
1940 - Hitler cancels Operation Sea Lion, about a week before the expected D-Day
1942 - US carrier 'Wasp' (CV-7 ) torpedoed and sunk off Guadalcanal
1943 - Japanese sub 'Ro-101' is sunk by US DD 'Saufley' & two aircraft.
1944 - Marines land on Peleliu, 450 miles east of Mindanao in the Philippines
1944 - RAF hits the German battleship 'Tirpitz' with Tallboy bombs
1944 - Sofia liberated by Bulgarian and Soviet troops
1948 - US F-86 Sabre sets world aircraft speed record of 1080 kph (675 mph )
1950 - Inchon Landing: Marines lead the attack behind North Korean lines.
1990 - France announces it will send 4,000 troops to Persian Gulf
September 14 at 22:48 EST .




   GO3  Sept. 13 in military history:

1782 - Siege of Gibraltar: The British repel a grand assault by the French & Spanish
1814 - British commence an overnight bombardment of Fort McHenry, inspiring "The Star Spangled Banner"
1847 - US Soldiers & Marines storm Chapultepec Castle, Mexico City
1940 - The Mitsubishi "Zero" debuts over Chungking; Japan 26, China 0.
1942 - German forces attack Stalingrad
1942 - Guadalcanal: Bloody Ridge - Marines probe the Japanese positions
1943 - German counter attack at Salerno
1944 - Palau Is: USN pounds Peleliu
1961 - Battles between UN & Katangan troops in Congo
1978 - Maiden flight of the McDonnell Douglas F-18A Hornet
1990 - Iraqi troops storm residence of French ambassador in Kuwait
1999 - Islamist terror bombing in Moscow, c. 120 killed
September 13 at 01:09 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 11 in military history:

1683 - Battle of Vienna, Day 1: Christian armies under Poland's King John Sobieski attacks the Turks, to lift the siege of Vienna
1777 - Battle of Brandywine: Americans lose to British
1814 - Battle of Plattsburgh/Lake Champlain: Americans defeat the British by land & lake the decisive battle of the War of 1812
1918 - Col. George S. Patton leads the first US tank attack, St. Mihiel, France
1939 - "Former Naval Person" FDR writes an informal letter to First Lord of the Admiralty Winston S. Churchill, initiating the most important friendship of the twentieth century
1943 - Allied forces secure Salerno
1943 - Jewish ghettos of Minsk & Lida, Belorussia, liquidated
1944 - A US submarine sinks two Japanese prison ships in China Sea, hundred of Allied troops die.
1944 - SGT Walter H. Holzinger & six men from the 2nd Platoon, Troop B, 85th Cavalry Recon Sqn, 5th Armored Div, cross the River Our from Luxembourg to become the first Allied troops to enter Germany
2001 - Islamist terrorists crash two hijacked jetliners into the World Trade Center and one into the Pentagon, but heroic passengers die retaking a fourth aircraft (see 1683 )
September 10 at 22:40 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 8 in military history:

1755 - Battle of Lake George: Sir William Johnson's 1,500 Colonials and 200 Mohawks defeat 1,500 French and Indians under the Baron de Dieskau
1863 - Texans repel Union invasion force at Sabine Pass, TX
1919 - Ticker tape parade on Broadway for General of the Armies John J. Pershing & 25,000 Doughboys
1939 - FDR declares a "limited national emergency" due to war in Europe
1939 - German panzers reach the outskirts of Warsaw
1942 - 700 Marine Raiders hit Tasimboko, Guadalcanal, in the Japanese rear area
1942 - Japanese open 5 battalion attack on Aussies at Egofi, the Kokoda Trail
1943 - Italy secretly concludes an armistice with the Allies
1943 - US aircraft bomb targets near Rome, escorted by Italian fighters
1943 - Operation Zitronella/Sizilien: A German naval squadron raids Allied installations in Spitzbergen, Norway
1944 - First V-2 attacks on London; 3 die in Cheswick
1945 - US troops land in Korea to assume occupation duties
1948 - British De Havilland 08 fighter flies faster than sound
1962 - Chinese troops invade India
September 8 at 01:04 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 6 in military history:

1861 - Brig. Gen. U.S. Grant captures Paducah, Kentucky, without opposition
1862 - Stonewall Jackson occupies Fredrick, Maryland
1918 - US Navy 14-inch railroad guns open fire on the Western Front
1939 - First German air attack on Great Britain in WW II
1940 - Mussolini turns down Hitler's offer of a panzer unit to support his forces in North Africa
1944 - Netherlands: German Fifteenth Army evacuates Zealand
1944 - Western Carolines: 16 U.S. carriers strike Japanese held islands
1986 - Islamist terrorists kill 22 at the Neve Shalom Synagogue, Istanbul
September 6 at 04:42 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 4 in military history:

1804 - USS Intrepid blows up during an unsuccessful attack on Tripoli
1886 - Geronimo surrenders to Gen Nelson A Miles at Skeleton Canyon, Ariz
1918 - US troops land in Archangel, Russia, stay 10 months
1939 - Netherlands & Belgium declare neutrality in World War II (didn't help them much )
1941 - German submarine 'U-652' unsuccessfully attacks USS 'Greer' (DD 145 ), which drops depth charges
1942 - Lunga Point, Guadalcanal: Japanese DDs sink two U.S. destroyer transports
1944 - Brit 11th Armoured Div liberates Antwerp
1945 - US reoccupies Wake Island
September 3 at 23:07 EST .

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   GO3  Sept. 1 in military history:

1774 - Boston: British seize Massachusetts Bay Colony's store of powder and cannon.
1861 - Brig. Gen. U.S. Grant assumes command of Federal forces at Cape Girardeau, Mo.
1862 - Congress abolishes the daily issue of grog in the US Navy
1863 - Atlanta Campaign: Sherman wins the Battle of Jonesborough, causing the Confederates to evacuate and burn Atlanta under Gen. Hood's orders.
1863 - Union troops capture Fort Smith, Arkansas.
1918 - US troops land in Vladivostok, Siberia, stay until 1920.
1939 - Hitler orders "Close your hearts to pity," invades Poland, initiating World War II, and also orders the extermination of the mentally ill.
1950 - 13 North Korean divisions assault UN lines
1983 - Soviets shoot down Korean Air Flight 007, a Boeing 747 that had strayed over Kamchatka.
August 31 at 23:09 EST .

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