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September 28, 2004

In history today...

In some respects, not a lot of good news today.

1066 William the Conqueror lands in England. England suffers her last successful invasion (not counting all those Over-Paid, Over-Sexed, and Over-Here Yanks during WWII) by a foreign power. (cool website, btw)

1781 Siege of Yorktown begins, the last major battle of Revolutionary War. Wherein we learn that we, too, can fight wars like the British, i.e., lose a huge chunk of the battles - but win the right ones, usually the ones at the end.

1850 Congress outlaws flogging in the Navy and Merchant Marine. Seems kinda late, doesn't it?

1901 Balangiga, Samar: 48 of 78 men of Co. C., 9th Inf killed by Filipino insurgents. There was another long quagmire that turned out alright in the end. I had a relative in this war. Not this fight (he wasn't in the direct line, so it wouldn't have mattered...) Another example of asymetric warfare and a weaker foe adapting to overcome weakness. In the long run, it didn't matter - but it did serve to make the war that much uglier.

1922 Fascist "March on Rome". Il Duce' starts his road to ruin.

1939 Hitler-Stalin Pact, two butchers agree to divide up Europe. Much woe to Poland and the world.

Hat tip: Strategy Page!