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1777: Philadelphia occupied, Philadelphia was occupied by British
General Howe. The area surrounding the city, and the Delaware River
flowing past Philadelphia, was controlled by the Rebel Continental
Army commanded by General George Washington. Howe needed to find a way
to bring food and supplies into the city. Howe attacked rebel held
forts along the Delaware. Fort Mifflin, the focal point of the rebel
defence, came under an intense bombardment. After three weeks of
fighting the forts fell but only after a surprising American defence.
1813: B. Thames, Battle of the Thames in Canada; Americans defeat
1864: Calcutta Cyclone, Most of Calcutta destroyed by cyclone.
1877: End Nez Perce War, Chief Joseph surrenders ending Nez Perc War.
1908: Bulgaria, Bulgaria declares independence from Turkey.
1910: Portugal republic, Portugal overthrows monarchy proclaims
1923: Cepheid variable, Edwin Hubble identifies Cepheid variable star.
1931: non-stop transpacific, 1st non-stop transpacific flight Japan to
1947: televised president, 1st Presidential address televised from
White House, HS Truman.
1985: Challenger 6, 13th Space Shuttle Mission, Challenger 6 launched.
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