TODAY IN HISTORY

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1806

Ex­plorer Ze­bu­lon Pike sighted the moun­tain­top now known as Pikes Peak in present-day Colorado.

1864

Dur­ing the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Wil­liam T. Sher­man be­gan their “March to the Sea” from At­lanta; the cam­paign ended with the cap­ture of Sa­van­nah on Dec. 21.

1939

Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt laid the cor­ner­stone of the Jef­fer­son Me­mo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

1942

The naval Bat­tle of Guadal­canal ended dur­ing World War II with a de­ci­sive U.S. vic­tory over Ja­panese forces.

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