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February 17, 2004

Little historical tidbits of the day.

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1621 Miles Standish is appointed the first militia commander of
Plymouth - first National Guard unit forms in New England.

1772 1st partition of Poland, by Russia & Prussia, joined later by
Austria - the Germans and Russians practice for 1940.

1864 CSS H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic, and herself: 1st submarine
victory is also the first combat loss.