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In 1923, the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding, died in San Francisco.
In 1943, a U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, commanded by Lt. John F. Kennedy, sank after being sheared in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands. Kennedy was credited with saving members of the crew.
In 1945, the Potsdam conference ends with Truman, Stalin and Attlee approving agreements governing the future of Europe and Japan. Five medium-sized Japanese cities are ravaged by Superfortresses.
In 1964, the Pentagon reported the first of two attacks on U.S. destroyers by North Vietnamese torpedo boats in the Gulf of Tonkin.
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