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Tuesday, December 07, 2021
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0 Feast of St. Nicholas, Patron of Sailors
1830US Naval Observatory established under Lt Louis Malesherbes.
1864Battle of Deveaux's Neck, SC
1865XIII Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery;
1899Anglo-Boer War: Buller arrives at Frere
1914German troops capture Lodz
1917Munition ship Mont Blanc explodes in Halifax, 1,700 die
1941Soviet counter offensive begins in front of Moscow
1941Navy orders outlying possessions to destroy codes and secret documents
1941First Air Fleet arrives at 31 N, 158 E, about 500 mi N of Pearl Harbor.
1941FDR appeals to Emperor Hirohito to help preserve peace in the Pacific
1942Papua: U.S. artillery employs "time on target" for the first time, at Buna.
1942Munda: U.S. bombers try to slow Japanese work on a new airbase.
1942RAF bombs Philips factory in the Netherlands, 150 die
1943Burma: Allies cancel major amphibious operation
  Today in Military History 

Dec 07, 2021
1798Neapolitan Army abandons Rome: "Veni, Vidi, Fuggi"
1862Battle of Prairie Grove, AR
1862Battle of Hartsville, TN
1899Anglo-Boer War: Hunter's night raid on long Tom besieging Ladysmith
1901Anglo-Boer War: National Scouts inaugarated
1916David Lloyd George becomes Britain's Prime Minster
1917US declares war on Austria during World War I
1917BBs Delaware, Florida, New York, & Wyoming reinforce the Br Grand Fleet
1941Japanese destroyers shell Midway island
1941"Tora! Tora! Tora!" -- the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor - Pacific War begins
1941Germans end first siege of Tobruk
1941Erlass Brothers, Dutch resistance fighters, sent to concentration camps
1942"Tokyo Express" beaten off by a/c and PT-boats, including JFK's PT-109
1943Sextant Conference ends in Cairo.
1944General Radescu forms Romanian government
194477th Div lands in the Japanese rear, at Ormoc, Leyte.
194413 Japanese transports sunk by U.S. a/c while resupplying Leyte
1949Chang Kai-shek flees from Mainland China to Taiwan
1953Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires
1981Spain becomes a member of the NATO
1986Pres Jean-Claude Duvalier -- "Baby Doc" -- flees Haiti
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1776Washington's army crosses the Delaware River from NJ to Pennsylvania
1863Abraham Lincoln announces plan for Reconstruction of the South
1914British annihilate German squadron off the Falkland Islands
1933The Fleet Marine Force established
1936Anastasio Somoza elected president of Nicaragua
1938Lauvrenti Beria follows Nikolai Yezkhov as head of Russian secret police
1941The U.S. and Britain declare war on Japan.
1941Japanese troops occupy Shanghai
1941Japanese troops land on Guam.
1941Japanese troops land in Malaya
1941Japanese troops invade Siam
1941Japanese troops attack Hong Kong,
1941Japanese destroyers attack Wake.
1941Japanese a/c destroy U.S. a/c at Clark and Iba airfields, Philippines
1941FDR declares December 7, 1941 "A date that will live in infamy."
1941Dutch sub sinks 1st Japanese ship in the war, DD Isonami off Celebes.
1941Aussie inf coy lands on western Timor, in the Netherlands East Indies.
1941"Force Z" (HMSs Prince of Wales and Repulse) sails from Singapore.
1942Papua: U.S. a/c defeat Japanese attempt to land troops at Buna
1942Papua: Japanese troops withdrawing from Gona sustain heavy losses.
1943U.S. fast battleship task force bombards Japanese positions on Nauru.
1943Japanese air raids on British airfields in Assam.
1943New Guinea: Australian troops capture Wareo.
1944U.S. bombers and CV aircraft begin a 72 day pounding of Iwo Jima
1952French troops shoot on demonstrators at Casablanca, 50 die
1966US & USSR sign treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons in outer space
1982Suriname army leader Bouterse murders 15 opponents