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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1964 Rick Riordan (Texas-born Young-Adult Author) Rick Riordan Young-Adult Authors
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1923 Daniel Pinkham (Massachusetts-born Composer) Massachusetts Composers American Composers
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
1806 John McDonald (Maine-born Frontiersman; First Permanent Settler in Wright County, Minnesota) Maine Explorers and Pioneers Wright County, Minnesota Westward Expansion
Military Leaders
1750 John Twiggs (Maryland-born Revolutionary War General; Namesake of Twiggs County, Georgia) Maryland Military Figures Twiggs County, Georgia American Revolution
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1856 Memucan Hunt (North Carolina-born Texas Diplomat, Politician; Namesake of Hunt County, Texas) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Hunt County, Texas Politics Texas State Historical Association
1916 Horatio Herbert Kitchener (British Secretary of War: Drowned When His Cruiser Hampshire Struck a German Mine Sank) British Military Figures Germany Naval Military History World War I History Channel
2004 Ronald Reagan (Illinois-born 40th President of the United States) Illinois Polticial and Social Leaders President Ronald Reagan Cold War History Channel
Historic Events of the 1000s that Occurred on this Date
1527 Pope Clement VII Surrenders to Spanish Mercenaries Italy The Vatican Death The Vatican
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1781 The British Surrender Augusta, Georgia to a Combined Force of Continental Regulars and Georgia and Carolina Militia Great Britain Augusta, Georgia American Civil War University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1843 Milwaukee, Wisconsin's First Masonic Meeting Is Held Milwaukee, Wisconsin Masons Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1851 Uncle Tom's Cabin Begins to Appear in Serial Form in the Washington National Era Harriet Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom's Cabin Abolition Library of Congress Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1852 In Racine, Wisconsin, Mound Cemetery Is Dedicated with 14 Native American Burial Mounds and Monuments to American War Veterans Racine, Wisconsin Native-American Heritage American War Veterans Death Wisconsin Historical Society
1861 Southern Sources Place a $500 Bounty on Each Member of President Lincoln's Mounted Guard: Dead or Alive President Abraham Lincoln Economics American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1862 Union Troops Find an Empty Fort Pillow Tennessee Forts Fort Pillow History Channel
The Confederate Steamer Havana Is Set Ablaze in Florida's Deadman's Bay to Prevent Capture by the Federal Ship Ezilda Florida Naval Military history American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Victory at the Battle of Piedmont Opens the Way for Union Occupation of Virginia's Upper Shenandoah Valley Virginia Battle of Piedmont History Channel
1873 German Mennonite Immigrants from Russia Arrive in St. Paul, Minnesota German Immigrants Russia St. Paul, Minnesota Immigration Mennonite Minnesota Historical Society
1883 Crescent City, Florida Is Incorporated by the State Legislature Crescent City, Florida Florida Historical Society
Wisconsin's William Horlick Patents the World's First Powdered Milk, Horlick's Malted Milk Wisconsin Mathematicians and Scientists Inventors and Invention Patents and Trademarks Foods and Nutrition Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1884 Civil War General, William Tecumseh Sherman, Refuses the Republican Presidential Nomination William Tecumseh Sherman The American Presidency Politics American Civil War New York Times
1885 The African-American Newspaper The Western Appeal Premieres in Minnesota Minnesota Journalism African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1906 The Kissel Motor Car Company Is Chartered in Wisconsin Wisconsin Business Automotives Wisconsin Historical Society
1907 The Village of Pellston, Michigan Is Incorporated Pellston, Michigan State of Michigan
1909 In Washington, the Carnegie-Funded Columbia Branch of the Seattle Public Library Opens Andrew Carnegie Seattle, Washington Libraries Seattle Public Library History Link
1915 In Alaska, the Anchorage Times Publishes Its First Issue Alaska Media Journalism Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1916 Britain's Secretary of War, Lord Kitchener, Drowns When His Cruiser Hampshire Strikes a German Mine and Sinks Great Britain Germany Naval Military History World War I Death History Channel
1917 All American Men Between Ages 21 and 31 Register for Military Service at Their Local Draft Board World War I National Archives New York Times (pdf)
1925 The Municipal Charter for Cocoa Beach, Florida Is Approved by the State Legislature Cocoa Beach, Florida Florida Historical Society
1940 In Seattle, Washington, the First Automobile Crosses the Lake Washington Floating Bridge Seattle, Washington Bridges Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1941 In Florida, the Highway 520 Causeway Is Dedicated Linking the City of Cocoa to Merritt Island Cocoa Beach, Florida Bridges Transportation Florida Historical Society
The Ohio Government Implements the State's First Uniform Traffic Code Ohio Government Transportation Law Historic Firsts Ohio Historical Society
1942 President Franklin Roosevelt Warns Japan to Stop Using Poison Gas in Its War with China Japan China War Crimes World War II History Channel
1944 The Allies Prepare for D-Day France Great Britain Canada D-Day History Channel
The People of Rome Welcome the Victorious Allied Troops Italy World War II BBC
1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall Calls on the U.S. to Assist in the Economic Recovery of Postwar Europe Marshall Plan Economics European History World War II History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 Delaware Establishes a Separate State Supreme Court Delaware Law Delaware State Supreme Court State of Delaware
1955 Martin Luther King Jr. Is Awarded a Doctorate from Boston University Boston, Massachusetts Martin Luther King, jr. Education African-American Heritage Boston University University of Georgia
1956 The Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights Is Formed in Response to the State's Ban on the NAACP Alabama Racism Civil Rights NAACP African-American Heritage Alabama State Archive
Gary De Young Is the First White Graduate of Traditionally Black Delaware State College Delaware Education Education Racism Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Delaware State University State of Delaware
1960 Brenda Lee's #1 Hit "I'm Sorry" Is Released Georgia Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Country Music Hall of Fame University of Georgia
1961 Seattle, Washington Residents Protest the Construction of Interstate 5 through the Center of Their City Seattle, Washington Transportation History Link
1963 The Florida Supreme Court Rules That Cigarette Manufacturers Can Be Held Liable in the Deaths of Smokers Florida Tobacco Health Care Business Law Florida Historical Society
1967 The Six-Day War Begins Between Israel, Egypt, Syria and Jordan Israel Egypt Syria Jordan Terrorism History Channel BBC NPR
1968 Senator Robert Kennedy Is Shot in Los Angeles After Winning the California Presidential Primary Los Angeles, California Robert F. Kennedy Politics Terrorism History Channel New York Times BBC
1975 Egypt Reopens the Suez Canal After Being Closed for Eight Years to International Shipping Egypt International Trade Naval History Terrorism New York Times
1986 A Federal Jury in Baltimore Convicts Ronald W. Pelton of Selling Secrets to the Soviet Union Soviet Union Crime Law & Legal Resources Cold War History Channel
1989 The Polish Labor Party Solidarity Does Well in National Election Polish Government Solidarity Elections Cold War BBC
1991 Space Shuttle Columbia (STS 40) Is Launched on a 9-day Mission Dedicated to Spacelab Life Science Experiments Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Shuttle Science NASA
1995 Hurricane Allison Makes Landfall between St. Georges Island and St. Marks on the Florida Panhandle Florida Hurricane Florida Historical Society