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This Week in History: Ellis Island, Attack on Quebec, Battle of Fort Washington

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps! On this day in 1775, the Continental Congress passed a resolution requiring that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” to support the recently organized Continental Navy. The first commanding officer of the Marines was Samuel Nicholas. He began recruiting new members immediately, and he reportedly turned to a tavern owner named Robert Mullan for help.

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