1862: In the Battle of Cross Keys, Maj. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's Division defeated Union forces under Maj. Gen. John C. Frémont, contributing to a triumphant conclusion of Maj. Gen. T.J. "Stonewall" Jackson's Valley Campaign.

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

1776: The Patriots under Brig. Gen. William Thompson were driven from their last foothold in Quebec after being defeated by Governor-General Guy Carleton in the Battle of Trois-Rivières. Thompson was among the 236 taken prisoner.

1861: Tennessee seceded from the Union.

1965: U.S. troops were authorized to conduct offensive operations against the Communists in Vietnam.

1969: President Richard S. Nixon announced that 25,000 troops would be withdrawn from Vietnam by the end of August. Interested in learning more about Richard Nixon?  Visit HistoryNet.com for a few facts.

1971: North Vietnam demanded that the United States cease sending aid to South Vietnam. Guess what Washington's answer was?

1995: Downed U.S. Air Force pilot Captain Scott O'Grady was rescued by U.S. Marines in Bosnia.