This Day in History: June 4

Dunkirk evacuation

1940 – Dunkirk evacuation ended. Following a massive rescue effort that included civilian boats, the withdrawal of Allied troops trapped at Dunkirk, France, was completed on this day during World War II; more than 300,000 soldiers were saved.

Nineteenth Amendment

1919 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, was passed by the Senate, two weeks after being approved by the House of Representatives; the amendment was ratified the following year.

Jacques-Louis David: Napoleon in His Study

1796 – Napoleon Bonaparte commanded the Siege of Mantua, which resulted in the exclusion of Austrians from northern Italy.

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