31 Jan '17, 7pm

Today in history: German U-boats and the U.S. entry into World War I

Today in history: German U-boats and the U.S. entry into World War I

: Germany announced the resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare, to include neutral ships — a factor that drives the United States closer to declaring war. More than 20 years later, of course, German U-boats were used again. Read about the technical specifications of the Type IX U-boat on HistoryNet.com . A neutral victim of fighting at sea, a Swedish sailing ship, which was sunk by a German U-Boat, in 1917. Photo Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Also today in history, in the U.S. and elsewhere: 1578 : Combined Dutch and English forces defeated the Spanish at Gembloers (Gembloux), in what is now Belguim. 1863 : The first black regiment, the South Carolina Volunteers, was mustered into the Union Army. Read a short history of the role African Americans played in the Union military on HistoryNet.com . 1968 : The Battle of Saigon began in a wave of Viet Cong assaults, ...

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