Today In History

1 month 2 days ago - 1 month 2 days ago #571 by Doc
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23 September 1940

Operation Menace: General Charles de Gaulle arrived with 3,600 Free French troops at Dakar, French West Africa held by Vichy France; his forces were supported by 4,300 British troops and a powerful fleet. The Vichy French forces imprisoned the crew of two Free French aircraft that had landed at Dakar, and then fired upon a boat containing Free French personnel approaching to negotiate (wounding 2).

At 1000 hours, British warships approached the harbor, and were also fired upon (killing 5). At 1130 hours, British ships fell back out of the range of shore batteries; at about the same time, Vichy French submarine Persee was sunk while attempting to torpedo the cruiser Dragon. In the afternoon, cruiser HMAS Australia attacked Vichy French destroyer L'Audacieux, forcing her to beach after 81 were killed.

De Gaulle's first attempt at a landing, at Rufisque Bay, was repulsed, and he began to show reluctance of killing fellow countrymen. Having heard of this sentiment, Winston Churchill urged de Gaulle to "stop at nothing".



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1 month 12 hours ago #572 by Doc
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25 September 1941


John Kennedy enlisted in the US Navy.

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4 weeks 23 hours ago #573 by Damni
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27 September 1983
Richard Stallman announces plans for the Unix-like GNU operating system

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3 weeks 6 days ago - 3 weeks 6 days ago #574 by Nikita
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3 weeks 5 days ago #575 by Nikita
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September 30, 2002



At 8:44 am French time, with 5.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, Brittany experiences its strongest earthquake in over 20 years .



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3 weeks 3 days ago - 3 weeks 3 days ago #576 by snowman
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1 October 1941

The Italian "M" battalions were established as a transformation and strengthening of the assault and mountain battalions of the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale ( Blackshirts ) which had particularly distinguished themselves in combat.




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