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July 31, 2009

On this date on 1914 Russia announced mobilization of army.

In 1917 Battle of Ypres was started.

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July 30, 2009

On this date in 1945 the USS Indianapolis is sunk enroute to Leyte Gulf. Of the 1,196 aboard, only 316 remained alive when they were rescued from the water almost five days later. It marked the worst American naval disaster of World War II.

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July 29, 2009

On this date in 1921 Adolf Hitler becomes F├╝hrer (leader) of the National Socialist German Workers (Nazi) Party.

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July 28, 2009

On this date in 1914 Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

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July 27, 2009

On this date in 1953 cease fire signed – fighting ends 12 hours later

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July 27, 2009

On this date in 1861 President Lincoln appoints George B. McClellan as Commander of the Department of the Potomac, replacing McDowell.

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July 26, 2009

On this date in 1945 the U.S., Britain, and China issue the Potsdam Declarion which gives an ultimatum to Japan: unconditionally surrender immediately, or face “prompt and utter destruction.” In Britain, Clement Atlee replaces Winston Churchill as Prime Minister.