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In 1521, Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortez captured present-day Mexico City from the Aztec Indians.
In 1846, the American flag was raised for the first time in Los Angeles.
In 1945, American planes dropped millions of leaflets over Japanese cities explaining the Allies' peace terms. Just in case, 1,600 American and British carrier planes of Task Force 38 destroyed 272 Japanese planes on airfields near Tokyo and 600 Okinawa-based bombers blasted seaports and railroad facilities on Kyushu. A radio broadcast by Chinese Communists claimed Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek will try to destroy them in a civil war. The charge was true, but the Communists will eventually vanquish Chiang Kai-shek's army and force his Kuomintang party to retreat to Taiwan.
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