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On August 27, 1916, after Romania declares war on Austria-
Hungary, formally entering
World War I, Romanian troops
cross the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire into the
much-contested province of Transylvania.

By the outbreak of war in Europe in 1914, Romania had long
been at odds with Austria-Hungary over the issue of territory,
specifically Transylvania, which was ethnically Romanian but
then part of Hungary. Seeing Russia’s success against Austria
on the battlefields of the Eastern Front during the summer of
1916, Romania hoped to make an advantageous entry into the
war in order to realize long-held dreams of territorial expansion
and national unity.

On August 18, 1916, the Romanian government signed a secret
treaty with the Allies; by its terms, in the event of an Allied victory Romania would acquire Transylvania, up to the River Theiss, the province of Bukovina to the River Pruth, and the entire Banat
region, all territory under Austro-Hungarian control. On August
27, Romania fulfilled its treaty obligation by declaring war against Austria-Hungary.

Erich von Falkenhayn‘s cavalry entering Bucharest on
December 6, 1916.

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On May 13, 1846, the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly voted in favor
of President
James K. Polk’s request to declare war on Mexico in a dispute over Texas.

Under the threat of war, the United States had refrained from
annexing Texas after the latter won independence from Mexico in
1836. But in 1844, President
John Tyler restarted negotiations with
the Republic of Texas, culminating with a Treaty of Annexation.

The treaty was defeated by a wide margin in the Senate because it
would upset the slave state/free state balance between North and
South and risked war with Mexico, which had broken off relations
with the United States. But shortly before leaving office and with
the support of President-elect Polk, Tyler managed to get the joint resolution passed on March 1, 1845.
Texas was admitted to the
on December 29. 

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James Knox Polk
(November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849)

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