On this day in American history in 1940, America watched as their closest ally and brother England suffered under the worst day of the German Blitz during World War II, as city after city was set ablaze by Nazi bombers and other aircraft. Also on this day in America in 1890, one of the most tragic events of all American history unfolded, for on this day during America's war with the Plain's Indians the army cornered the last of the Indian resistance at Wounded Knee, resulting in 146 Sioux, many of whom were woman and children, being massacred.
On this day in Canada in 1837, Royal Navy Commander Andrew Drew and his company cross the Niagara river to Fort Schlossser, capturing the American supply steamer Caroline used by William Lyon Mackenzie and his rebels on Navy Island; and after promptly setting the ship ablaze, they cut her adrift and legend has it that the ship ended up hurtling ablaze over Niagara Falls. An incident that nearly caused war to once again erupt between the U.S. and Britain, since the incident was reminiscent of other oppressive acts of war by the British against America that had led the United States to declare war on Britain just 20 years prior, in 1812.
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