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Article: 18 April 1942 – The Doolittle Raid
On this day in 1912, the Doolittle raid on Tokyo took place. 70 years on, four of the remaining raiders got together and remembered the raid.
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Today in History: 18 April 1912
The RMS Carpathia Arrives in New York with the RMS Titanic Survivors
On this day in 1912, the Carpathia arrived in New York City with the 705 people who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Today in History – 18 April 1861
Robert E. Lee: Turns Down Offer to Lead Union Troops
On this day in 1861, with the Civil War in the United States in its very early stages, Colonel Robert E. Lee was offered the role of Major General in the United States Army. Knowing that Virginia was likely to secede from the Union, Lee turned the offer down and resigned from the United States Army two days later. This despite having said to his son in a letter that ‘I can anticipate no greater calamity for the country than a dissolution of the Union.’ However, it was love for and loyalty to his home state of Virginia, that forced his hand to join the Confederacy. On the 23rd of April Lee took command of the armed forces of Virginia and began his role in the southern rebellion, in which he would rise to be the General-in-Chief of all Confederate forces. Almost four years later, on the 9th April 1865, his role in the war ended with his surrender to U.S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia.