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Monday, February 17, 2020
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1495The Colonna brothers capture Naples for Charles VIII of France
1495French capture Gaeta (invested Dec 16, 1494) from Ferrante II
1559Pope Paul IV calls for deposition of sovereigns supporting heresy
1804Stephen Decatur retakes and burns the USS Philadelphia in Tripoli harbor
1815USS Constitution takes HMS Susannah
1909Serbia mobilizes against Austria-Hungary
1936Popular Front wins Spanish elections
1942Japanese secure Palembang.
1942German submarine shells Aruba
1942Aussie-US convoy bound for Timor is turned back by Japanese air attack.
1943U.S. fighters begin using a new airstrip on Amchitka, the Aleutians
1943Red Army liberates Kharkov
1944Elms of TF 58 conduct air attacks and reconnaissance of Eniwetok.
1945Venezuela declares war on Nazi Germany
1945US airborne forces land on Corregidor (fighting lasts until March 3)
1959Fidel Castro becomes premier of Cuba
1988First combat action by US military advisors in El Salvador
  Today in Military History 

Feb 17, 2020
1451Battle of St Albans: Lancastrians defeat the Yorkists
1621Miles Standish is appointed the first militia commander of Plymouth colony.
17721st partition of Poland, by Russia & Prussia, joined later by Austria
1854British recognize independence of Orange Free State
1864CSS H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic, and herself: 1st submarine victory
1865Sherman captures Charleston, SC
1879Assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander in St Petersburg fails
1913The "Armory Art Show" opens at NY's 69th Armory
1915Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded
1940British DD capture German prison ship Altmark in Norwegian waters
1942Dutch destroyer Van Ness is sunk by Japanese aircraft in Banka Strait
1943HMNZS Moa lands a reconnaissance team on Banika, Russell Islands
194355th Indian Bde unable to capture Japanese strongpoint in the Arakan
1944US forces land on Eniwetok Atoll, secured on Feb 22
1944Elms of TF 58 land on Eniwetok and Engebi.
1944Allies complete two day raid on Truk, sink 200,000 tons of shipping.
1945Heavy losses among US Navy frogmen clearing beach defenses of Iwo Jima
1947Voice of America begins broadcasting to USSR
1979China invades Vietnam
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1229Holy Roman Emperor Frederik II enters Jerusalem
1248Parma breaks a siege by Emperor Frederick II
1574Spanish-held Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels
1713French under Jacques Cassard land on Curacao
1846US Navy adopts "port" for left, in place of the traditional "larboard"
1857Insurrection of Chinese in Sarawak, Borneo
1861King Victor Emanuel II of Sardinia becomes King of Italy
1861Jefferson Davis is inaugurated CSA Prtesident, Montgomery, Alabama
1865Union troops occupy Ft Moultrie, Charleston
1865Union troops force Confederates to abandon Ft Anderson, NC
1899San Francisco named as Port of Embarkation for Army transports
1900Anglo-Boer War: Battle of Paardeberg
1915Germany proclaims a blockade of England
1932Japan declares Manchuria independent under Pu-Yi, "The Last Emperor"
1942Dutch ship Soerabaya & a sub destroyed by air attack at Soerabaya, Java.
1943Attu: U.S. ships shell Japanese positions for the first time.
1943"White Rose" resistance group is broken by the Gestapo in Munich
1943HMNS Moa lands a reconnaissance team on Pavuvu, Russell Islands
1943Allied intelligence concludes Japanese had evacuated the Russell islands.
1944Bismarcks: Allied destroyers shell Japanese bases at Rabaul and Kavieng.
1945Burma: British troops land behind Japanese lines in the Arakan