First military engagements of the American Revolutionary War
The battles of Lexington, Concord, near Boston.
The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen of its colonies on the mainland of North America.
The Battle of Mogadishu
was part of Operation Gothic Serpent and was fought on 3 and 4 October 1993, in Mogadishu, Somalia
Between forces of the United States, and Somali militiamen
who had support from armed civilian fighters.
A U.S. Army force in Mogadishu,
consisting of U.S. Army Rangers, “Delta Force”; as well as Air Force Combat Controllers, Pararescuemen and helicopters from Special Operations Aviation Regiment, attempted to seize two lieutenants during a meeting in the city.
Somali militia shot down two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters.
The subsequent operation to secure and recover the crews of both helicopters turned inti an overnight standoff in the city.
The battle resulted in 18 deaths, 73 wounded, and one helicopter pilot captured among the U.S. raid party and rescue forces.
At least one Pakistani soldier and one Malaysian soldier
were killed as part of the rescue forces.
American sources estimate between 1,500 and 3,000 Somali casualties