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TODAY IN MILITARY HISTORY
200BC Première of Plautus' comedy "Stichus", at the Plebeian Games
36BC Ovation for Octavian for the defeat of Sextus Pompeius in Sicily by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa (who only got the corona rostrata)
0    Feast of St. John Chrysostom, Patron of Orators
0    Feast of the Hundred Thousand Martyrs of Tbilisi, who were slaughtered for refusing conversion to Islam in 1226
1002    St. Brice's Day Massacre: King Ethelred II initiates the slaughter of all Danes in England
1093    Battle of Alnwick: Earl Robert of Northumbria defeats King Malcolm III of Scotland
1239    Battle of Gaza: Ayyubids defeat the Crusaders
1474    Battle of Hericourt (near Belfort): The Swiss defeat Charles the Bold of Burgundy
1642    Battle of Turnham Green: The Royalist forces attempting to capture London are blocked by the Parliamentarian army and retreat
1775    Americans under Maj Gen Richard Montgomery capture Montreal
1776    John Paul Jones captures British transport 'Mellish'
1830    Publication of Oliver Wendell Holmes' poem "Old Ironsides," which helps save the famed frigate from the scrap heap
1862    Battle of Holly Spring, Ms
1914    Battle of El Herri: Morrocan Berbers defeat the French, who lose badly; c. 620 French kia to 185 Berber
1918    German veterans form the ultra-nationalist Stahlhelm
1935    Anti-British riots in Egypt
1941    The New York City public schools hold a practice air raid drill; 1.1 million children take part
1942    Minimum US draft age reduced from 21 to 18 -- Learn More
1942    Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Day 2: A USN/RAN task force suffers heavily in a predawn clash with a Japanese squadron
1943    B-24s from Funafuti and Canton bomb Tarawa and Makin, in the Gilberts.
1944    TF 38 begins two days of air raids on Japanese on Luzon
1970    Lt Gen Hafez al-Assad becomes PM of Syria in a coup, 2000 die, he rules until 2000, when his son Bashar takes over (2000-) .
1970    Felix Unger is asked to remove himself from his residence, at the request of his wife.
1982    Vietnam War Memorial dedicated
1995    Islamist terrorists bomb the US Office of Program Management for Saudi Arabian National Guard Modernization in Riyadh, 7 die
2015    Islamist suicide terrorist attacks in Paris kill 130, wound hundreds

BORN
354    Aurelius Augustinus -- St. Augustine of Hippo, theologian ("The Confessions," "The City of God," etc.), Patron of Theologians, Printers, and Brewers, d. 430
1143    Fulk the Younger, c. 50-52, Count Fulk V) of Anjou (1106-1129), King Fulk of Jerusalem (1131-1143)
1312    King Edward III of England (1327-77)
1493    Duke William IV of Bavaria (1508-1550)
1504    Landgraf Philip I "the Magnanimous" of Hesse (1509-1567)
1761    John Moore, British Lt. Gen., kia at Coruña, 1809
1780    Maharaja Ranjit Singh, founder of the Sikh Empire (1801-1839)
1809    John Adolph Bernard Dahlgren, Rear Adm, US, noted artilleryman, d. 1870
1813    John Wolcott Phelps, Brig Gen, U.S., d. 1885
1813    Prince Peter II Petrovic of Montenegro (1830-51)
1814    Joseph Hooker, Maj Gen, U.S., who choked at Chancellorsville, d. 1879
1837    Henry Clay Merriam, sometime Col. 1st La Native Guard/75th USCT, Maj. Gen., US, Medal of Honor, d. Nov 12, 1912 -- Learn More
1848    Albert I Grimaldi, Prince of Monaco & Duke of Valentinois (1889-1922), noted oceanographer
1850    Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author ("Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde", etc., d. 1894.

DIED
867    Pope St. Nicholas I "the Great" (858-867), c. 47
1093    King Malcolm III "Canmore -- Great Chief" of Scots (1058-1093), c. 62
1319    King Eric VI Menved of Denmark (1286-1319), c. 45
1359    Grand Duke Ivan II "the Fair" of Moscow & Vladimir (1353-1359), 33
1460    Prince Henry "the Navigator" of Portugal, 66
1942    Rear Admirals Daniel Callaghan (52) and Norman Scott (53), plus George (27), Frank (26), and Joe (24) Sullivan, and several hundred other American sailors
1954    Generalfeldmarschall Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist, 73, war criminal, died in Soviet captivity
1985    c. 23,000 people in Armero, Columbia, buried in a mudslide following the eruption of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz.
1989    Franz Joseph II, 83, Sovereign Prince of Liechtenstein (1938-1989)