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Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1932 Oliver Nelson (Missouri-born Composer, Jazz Arranger) Missouri Composers American Composers Jazz
Military Leaders
1815 Paul Jones Semmes (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
Political and Social Leaders
1738 King George III of England English Political and Social Leaders King George III American Revolution
1916 Gaylord Nelson (U.S. Senator From Wisconsin; Founder of Earth Day) Gaylord Nelson Earth Day U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Association
1917 Howard Metzenbaum (U.S. Senator From Ohio) Ohio Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2010 John Wooden (Indiana-born Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as Both a Player and Coach) John Wooden Basketball Hall of Fame
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1696 Pueblo Indians Begin a 6-month Revolt in New Mexico New Mexico Pueblo Indians War New Mexico Magazine
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 Explorers Vitus Bering and Alexi Chirikov Sail from Kamchatka on a Voyage That Will Result in the Russian Discovery of Alaska Russian Explorers Alaska North American Explorers Alaska Historical Society
1750 In Present-Day Hardy County, West Virginia, Thomas Lord Fairfax Conveys 400 Acres to William Warden Wardensville, West Virginia West Virginia State Archive
1754 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington Begins Building Fort Necessity to Protect the Virginia Colony from the French Pennsylvania Colonial Virginia George Washington Fort Necessity French and Indian War Library of  Congress History Channel
1788 As the First U.S. Ambassador to England, John Adams Meets in London with 88-year-old James Oglethorpe, Founder of Georgia. James Oglethorpe Georgia John Adams Georgia Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1812 Congress Renames the Louisiana Territory the Missouri Territory to Avoid Confusion with the New State of Louisiana Louisiana Missouri U.S. Congress Louisiana Territory Westward Expansion Arkansas Ssecretary of  State Arkansas History Commission
1837 Milwaukee Surgeon, Dr. Erastus B. Wolcott, Performs the First Recorded Removal of a Diseased Kidney Milwaukee, Wisconsin Medicine Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Association
1851 In Oregon, a Stake Is Driven to Establish the "Starting Point" for All Land Surveying Throughout the Territory Oregon Math Westward Expansion Historic Firsts
1861 In Madison, Wisconsin, the Cornerstone Is Laid for the Territorial Capitol Madison Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Association
1862 Confederate Forces Evacuate Fort Pillow Tennessee Forts Fort Pillow History Channel
1863 A Boat from the U.S.S. Fort Henry Captures a Confederate Barge Loaded with Cotton at the Mouth of Florida's Crystal River Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1869 In Minnesota, John S. and Charles A. Pillsbury Buy a 1/3 Interest in the Frazee and Murphy Flour Mill Minnesota Business Business Historic Firsts Pillsbury Minnesota Historical Society
1875 Chemist Ellen Swallow, the Founder of Home Economics, Marries M.I.T. Professor Robert Hallowell Richards Ellen Swallow Richards Chemistry Home Economics Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1888 In Washington, Lumber and Real-Estate Magnates From Minnesota and Wisconsin Incorporate the St. Paul & Tacoma Lumber Company Tacoma, Washington Minnesota Business Leaders Wisconsin Business Leaders Business Trees History Link
1889 Saint Leo College Is Established in Pasco County, Florida Pasco County, Florida Education St. Leo University Florida Historical Society
1892 In California, the Sierra Club Is Incorporated to Preserve the Forests and Other Natural Resources of the Sierra Nevada Mountains California Earth and Environment Sierra Club Learn California
1896 In Detroit, Michigan, Henry Ford Takes the First Test Drive of His Motorized Quadricycle Detroit, Michigan Automotives Historic Firsts Henry Ford State of Michigan
1897 Delaware Adopts a Fourth State Constitution Abolishing Property Ownership Requirements for Voting Delaware Government Voting Rights Civil Rights/Human Rights Historic U.S. Documents State of Delaware
Booker T. Washington Delivers the First Commencement Address at Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Texas Booker T. Washington Education Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Prairie View A&M University Texas State Historical Association
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1913 Robert Runyon Begins Photographing the Mexican Revolution Along the Texas-Mexico Border Mexico Texas Kentucky Artists & Photographers Photography War Latin-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
Lake Worth, Florida Is Incorporated by the State Legislature Lake Worth, Florida Florida Historical Society
1915 Okeechobee, Florida Is Incorporated by the State Legislature Okeechobee, Florida Florida Historical Society
1916 Russian Troops Attack the Austro-Hungarian 4th Army at the City of Lutsk (Now in Ukraine) Ukraine Russia World War I History Channel
1925 Chaska, Minnesota Is Hit by a Tornado Chaska, Minnesota Tornado Minnesota Historical Society
1932 In Delaware, the Edgar M. Hoopes, Jr. Water Reservoir Is Dedicated Delaware Water City of Wilmington (pdf) State of Delaware
1940 The Nine-Day Evacuation of 338,000 Allied Forces from Dunkirk on the Belgian Coast Ends as German Forces Capture the Beach Port. Belgium Naval Military History World War II History Channel BBC
1942 Japanese Launch Attack on Midway Island Japan Naval Military History World War II History Channel
More Than 1,000 Japanese Americans Are Evacuated From Washington's Yakima Valley for Relocation Centers Washington Japanese-Americans World War II History Link
1944 The U.S. Fifth Army Begins Liberating Rome Italy World War II New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1953 In Greenbush, the Wisconsin Historical Society Opens Wade House Historic Stagecoach Inn to the Public Greenbush, Wisconsin Westward Expansion U.S. History Wade House Wisconsin Historical Association
1954 French Premier Joseph Laniel and Vietnamese Premier Buu Loc Initial Treaties in Paris According ''Complete Independence'' to Vietnam Vietnam France Vietnam War New York Times
1961 President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev Agree to Support a Neutral and Independent Laos Laos Nikita Khrushchev President John Kennedy Cold War History Channel
1976 Elvis Presley Begins a 3-day Concert Series at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Elvis Presley Popular Music Georgia Historical Society
1986 Former U.S. Navy Intelligence Analyst, Jonathan Pollard, Pleads Guilty to Selling Top-Secret Information to Israel Israel Crime Cold War History Channel
1987 In Madrid, Spain, Edwin Moses' Loss in a 400-meter Hurdle Race Breaks His String of 122 Consecutive Victories Madrid, Spain Ohio Sports Figures Track and field Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Georgia Historical Society
1989 Chinese Troops Kill and Arrest Thousands of pro-Democracy Protesters in Beijing's Tiananmen Square China Human Rights/Civil Rights Cold War History Channel New York Times BBC
1998 A Federal Judge Sentences Terry Nichols to Life in Prison for His Role in the Oklahoma City Bombing Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Crime Law and Legal Resources Terrorism New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2009 In Egypt, U.S. President Barack Obama Speaks at the University of Cairo Egypt President Barack Obama's Speech at Cairo Islam
2010 Naoto Kan Is Elected Prime Minister of Japan Japanese Political and Social Leaders National Public Radio