1736: Chickasaw under Mingo Ouma threw back an attack by French and their Choctaw allies in the Battle of Ackia, Louisiana Territory (near what is now Tupelo, Mississippi).

Also today in history, in the U.S. and elsewhere:

1864: Union and Confederate troops skirmished along Totopotomoy Creek. To learn more about the Union and Confederate troops along Totopotomoy Creek, visit HistoryNet.com.

1900: Forces loyal to the Colombian Conservative Party turned the Thousand Days' War around by defeating soldiers of the Colombian Liberal Party in the Battle of Palonegro.

1942: The Battle of Gazala began in North Africa.

1946: The United States patented the hydrogen bomb.

1984: President Ronald Reagan ruled out U.S. intervention in the Iran-Iraq War.