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December 14, 2003

Today in History.

Today in Military History:

Born:
1716 Philip Livingston, Signer
1830 Allen Thomas, Brig Gen, C.S.A., d. 1907
1832 Daniel Harris Reynolds, Brig Gen, C.S.A., d. 1902
1837 William Wells, Brig Gen, U.S., d. 1892
1895 King George VI of Great Britain (1936-52), who fought at Jutland
1896 Gen. James H Doolittle, who bombed Tokyo, d. 1992
1901 King Paul I of Greece

Died:
1136 King Harald IV of Norway, murdered
1417 John Oldcastle, Lord Cobham, English nobleman, hanged
1754 Sultan Mehemet I of Turkey
1788 Carlo III of Naples (1735-1759)/Carlos III of Spain (1759-1788)
1799 George Washington, at 66
1861 Albert, the Prince Consort, at 42
1945 Josef Kramer, the "Beast of Belsen" and 10 other Nazi war
criminals,
hanged
1947 Stanley Baldwin, English premier, appeaser

Event:
1763 Pennsylvania vigilantes massacre Conestoga Indians near Lancaster
1814 Battle of Lake Borgne, La: British overwhelm U.S. gunboats .
1825 Nicholas I becomes Tsar, Decemberist uprising breaks out and fails
1863 Battle of Bean's Station, Tn: Confederates repulse Union troops
1913 Greece formally takes possession of Crete
1924 Chang Kai Shek occupies Hankow
1937 Japanese troops begin "Rape of Nanking"
1939 Soviet Union "defends" itself by attacking Finland
1941 Japanese begin repairing north Luzon airfields for their own use.
1941 Japanese forces in Malaya occupy Gurun & Kroh
1941 Surviving B-17s in the Philippines are ordered to Australia.
1942 Australian reinforcements land at Oro Bay, near Buna.
1942 Japanese destroyers land 800 troops at the Mambare River, near
Buna
1943 Chinese New 38th Div involved in heavy fighting around Bhamo.
1943 Soviets launch a winter offensive against the Germans
1943 Sub Grayback sinks Japanese DD Numakaze c. 50 miles east of
Okinawa.
1944 Third Fleet begins carrier attacks on Japanese positions on Luzon
2003 Saddam Hussein, The Butcher of Baghdad, captured by the 4th Mech

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