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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1997 Allen Ginsberg (New Jersey-born Poet) Allen Ginsberg Poetry
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
Political and Social Leaders
1780 Edward Hempstead (Connecticut-born Delegate to the U.S. Congress From the Missouri Territory) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Missouri Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Arkansas History Commission
1808 Jefferson Davis (President of the Confederate States of America) Jefferson Davis American Civil War
1879 Harry Sauthoff (U.S. Congressman From Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1906 Robert Lee Fulton Sikes (Georgia-born U.S. Congressman From Florida) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
Performing Artists
1887 Roland Hayes (Georgia-born African-American Tenor) Georgia Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Georgia Historical Society
1911 Ellen Corby (Wisconsin-born Actress) Wisconsin Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Television Wisconsin Historical Society
1942 Curtis Mayfield (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Georgia Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Georgia Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1780 Thomas Hutchinson (Former Governor of Massachusetts) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Colonial Massachusetts History Channel
1861 Stephen Douglas (Vermont-born U.S. Senator from Illinois: Abraham Lincoln's Opponent in the Lincoln-Douglas Debates) Stephen Douglas Illinois Political and Social Leaders Lincoln-Douglas Debates Lincoln Logs
1907 Thomas Howard Ruger (New York-born Military Governor of Georgia During Reconstruction) New York Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Reconstruction Georgia Historical Society
1989 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (Iranian Spiritual Leader) Ayatollah Khomeini Iran Hostage Crisis Islam
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1770 Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Is Dedicated by Father Junipero Serra Near Present-Day Monterey, California Father Junipero Serra Carmel Mission California Missions Religion Latin-American Heritage Learn California
1798 French Priest, Father Gabriel Richard, Arrives in Detroit French Explorers and Pioneers Detroit, Michigan Religious Leaders and Theologians Detroit News State of Michigan
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1836 Troops of the Texas Revolutionary Army Capture the Mexican Ship Watchman, Seizing Cargo Meant for the Mexican Army Mexico Texas Naval Military History Texas Revolution Texas State Historical Association
1837 The Dubuque Visitor," Iowa's First Newspaper, Is Published for the Last Time Dubuque, Iowa Journalism State Historical Society of Iowa
1850 In Nashville, Tennessee, 175 Delegates From 9 Southern States Begin a Convention That Will Lay the Foundation for the Confederacy Nashville, Tennessee American Civil War Texas State Historical Association
1851 New York City's Knickerbocker Base Ball Club Is the First to Wear Team Uniforms New York City Sports Figures Baseball Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1859 Logs Driven by Floodwaters Knock Down Two Bridges over the Mississippi River at Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota Bridges Mississippi River Flooding Trees Minnesota Historical Society
1861 The First Land Battle of the Civil War Is Fought at Philippi, Virginia (West Virginia) Virginia Philippi, West Virginia Philippi Historic Firsts West Vrginia State Archive
1863 The U.S.S. Stars and Stripes Captures the Blockade Runner Florida Carrying Cotton and Tar Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Grant Launches Disastrous Attack on Lee's Entrenched Confederate Troops Cold Harbor Crossroads Northeast of Richmond, Virginia Virginia Ulysses S, Grant Robert E. Lee Second Battle of Cold Harbor Library of Congress History Channel
1867 General Sheridan Removes from Office Louisiana's Governor Along with Other State and Municipal Officials Louisiana Government Reconstruction Louisiana Secretary of State
1872 New Mexico Residents Defeat a Second Constitutional Vote Required to Gain Statehood New Mexico Votes New Mexico Magazine
1893 The State of Massachusetts Creates the Nation's First Regional Park System Massachusetts Parks Parks Historic Firsts Masachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1898 The Merrimac Is Intentionally Sunk by Its Captain in an Attempt to Block the Spanish Fleet in Cuba's Santiago Harbor Cuba Naval Military History Spanish American War Alabama State Archives
1899 In Delaware, the Cornerstone Is Laid for Wilmington High School Wilmington, Delaware Education State of Delaware
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1905 Blountstown, Florida Is Incorporated Blountstown, Florida Florida Historical Society
A Memorial to Confederate Veterans Is Unveiled on the Grounds of the Arkansas State Capitol Arkansas American Civil War Arkansas Secretary of  State Arkansas History Commission
1916 President Woodrow Wilson Signs the National Defense Act Expanding the Size and Scope of the National Guard President Woodrow Wilson World War I National Guard History Channel
Minnesota Iron Miners Begin an Unsuccessful 3 1/2-month Strike Minnesota Labor Strike Iron Minnesota Historical Society
1940 Germans Bomb Paris, Killing 254 People - Mostly Civilians and Children Paris, France Nazi Germany Aviation Military History World War II History Channel
1941 Georgia Voters Ratify a Constitutional Amendment Extending the Term of Office of Governor and Constitutional Officers from 2 to 4 Years Georgia Government Voting Georgia Historical Society
1942 In Alaska, Japanese Planes Begin a 2-day Bombing Raid of Fort Mears, the Navy Station and Unalaska Village, Killing 44 Soldiers and Sailors Japan Unalaska, Alaska Aviation Military History World War II Alaska Historical Society
1943 Blackout Tests and Air Raid Drills Are Ordered for Florida's Coastal Communities Florida World War II Florida Historical Society
1947 In California, the 200" Reflecting Telescope at the Palomar Mountain Observatory Is Dedicated California Mount Palomar Observatory Learn California
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1962 An Airplane Crash Near Paris, France Kills 103 Members of the Atlanta, Georgia Art Association Paris, France Atlanta, Georgia Art Air Disasters Death Georgia Historical Society
1958 U.S.S. Nautilus Stops in Washington for Repairs While on a Top Secret Mission to Cross the North Pole Submerged The Arctic Washington Submarines History Link
1965 NASA Launches the Gemini 4 Spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration NASA Florida Historical Society
Astronaut Ed White Makes the First U.S. Spacewalk Cape Canaveral, Florida Ed White Astronauts Historic Firsts NASA
1966 NASA Launches the Gemini 9 Spacecraft from Cape Canaveral, Florida Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration NASA Florida Historical Society
1968 Le Duc Tho Joins the Vietnam Peace Negotiations in Paris Le Duc Tho Vietnam War History Channel
1973 Texas' Governor Signs the "Bilingual Education and Training Act" Requiring the State's Elementary Public Schools to Provide Bilingual Instruction Texas Education Education World Languages Law and Legal Resources Latin-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1982 In London, the Israeli Ambassador to Britain Is Shot and Permanently Paralyzed by Palestinian Extremists London Israeli Government Terrorism BBC
1989 Chinese Army Troops Begin a Sweep of Beijing to Crush Student-led pro-Democracy Demonstrations China Human Rights/Civil Rights Cold War New York Times
1990 In Washington, D.C., President George Bush and Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev End Their Three-Day Summit Meeting Mikhail Gorbachev President George Bush Cold War History Channel
Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev Visits Minnesota's Twin Cities Mikhail Gorbachev Minnesota Cold War Minnesota Historical Society
1999 Duluth, Minnesota's Ed Hommer Is the First Double Amputee to Reach the Top of Mount McKinley Duluth, Minnesota Alaska Mount McKinley Climbing Special Needs Education Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2001 Mel Brooks' The Producers Wins a Record-Breaking 12 Tony Awards Including Best Musical New York City Performing Artists American Musicals Tony Awards Internet Broadway Database Theatre History