On this day: September 26

Published On: Sep 25 2012 11:33:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 26 2016 01:00:00 AM CDT

Sir Francis Drake completes his trip around the world, Nixon and Kennedy square off on TV, the Beatles release "Abbey Road," and an acting legend passes away, all on this day.

OTD September 26 - Meuse-Argonne Offensive
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U.S. National Archives

1918: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, the bloodiest single battle in American history, begins during World War I. The battle was part of the final Allied offensive of the war that stretched along the entire western front and would last until the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918. The offensive cost the Americans 117,000 casualties, the French 70,000 and the Germans 100,000. The American casualties represented 40 percent of their total battlefield losses during the war.

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