Frank Headlam (1914–1976) was a senior commander in the Royal
Australian Air Force. He joined as an air cadet in 1934 and specialised
in flying instruction and navigation before the outbreak of World
War II. In April 1941, he became commanding officer of No. 2 Squadron
and saw action against Japanese forces in the South West Pacific. After
returning to Australia, he held staff appointments and training
commands, finishing the war a group captain. Headlam served as Officer
Commanding North-Western Area in 1946, and was Director of Training from
1947 to 1950. In 1950–51, during the Malayan Emergency, he was
stationed at Singapore as commander of No. 90 (Composite) Wing and,
later, RAF Tengah. Promoted air vice-marshal, he successively held the
positions of Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Operational Command, AOC
No. 224 Group RAF during the Indonesia–Malaysia Konfrontasi, Deputy
Chief of the Air Staff, and AOC Support Command. He was appointed a
Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1958 and Companion of
the Order of the Bath in 1965, and retired in 1971 following a posting
to London as Head of the Australian Joint Services Staff.
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The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated
the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of Grunwald,
the decisive engagement of the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War.
French soldiers uncovered the Rosetta Stone in Fort Julien,
near the Egyptian port city of Rashid.
In his book Clinical Psychiatry, Emil Kraepelin gave a name to
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Vietnam War: The United States and South Vietnam began
Operation Hastings to push the North Vietnamese out of the Vietnamese
American spree killer Andrew Cunanan gunned down fashion
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