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73 years ago, on Oct 14, 1944, german Field Marshal E. Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.
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The aircraftcarrier USS Forrestal (CV-59) was also informally known in the fleet as the "USS Zippo" and "Forest Fire" or "Firestal" because of a number of highly publicized fires on board, most notably a 1967 incident in which 134 sailors died and an additional 161 were injured.

On the morning of July 29, at around 10:50 that morning, an unguided Zuni rocket accidently fired. It exploded into a few fully armed planes, creating a massive fire. The fire was fueled by a ruptured 400-gallon fuel tank and exploding bombs.



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100 years ago, on march 21, 1918, the Operation 'Michael' begins. Near the Somme River in France, the German army launches its first major offensive on the Western Front With the first of the Spring offensives, German forces achieve unprecedented gains measured in miles.

German troops during the "Operation Michael" / March 21st, 1918