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Political and Social Leaders
1895 Elizabeth Kee (Virginia-born First Woman Elected to Serve in the U.S. Congress from West Virginia) Virginia Political and Social Leaders West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress West Virginia State Archive
Performing Artists
1958 Prince (Minnesota-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Minnesota Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1862 William B. Mumford (Executed for Tearing Down a United States Flag from the Mint in New Orleans) New Orleans U.S. Flags and Symbols Capital Punishment American Civil War Lousiana Secretary of State
1866 Chief Seattle (Namesake of Seattle, Washington) Seattle, Washington Chief Seattle History Link
1893 Edwin Booth (Maryland-born Actor; Brother of John Wilkes Booth) Maryland Performing Artists American Performing Artists
1899 William Stephen Walker (Pennsylvania-born Confederate General) Pennsylvania Military Figures American Civil War Univeristy of Georgia
1970 E. M. Forster (English Novelist) E.M. Forster
1979 Asa Earl Carter (Alabama-born Segregationist, Politician, Speechwriter, Novelist) Alabama Authors Racism American Authors Texas State Historical Association
Historic Events of the 1400s that Occurred on this Date
1494 Spain and Portugal Sign the Treaty of Tordesillas Granting Spain Rights to Colonize the "New World" Spain Portugal North American Explorers Historic World Documents Georgia Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1776 Richard Henry Lee of Virginia Proposes to the Continental Congress a Resolution Calling for a Declaration of Independence Virginia Political and Social Leaders Continental Congress Declaration of Independence American Revolution University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1820 10 Commissioners Appointed to Select a Site for Indiana's State Capital Choose the Junction of Fall Creek and White River Indianapolis, Indiana Indiana Historical Society
1837 In Florida, 700 Seminoles Return to the Everglades to Evade U.S. Army Efforts to Transport Seminoles to Oklahoma Everglades Oklahoma Trail of Tears Florida Historical Society
1842 The Republic of Texas Grants 3M Acres for Development of German, Dutch, Swiss, Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian Colonies German Immigrants Netherlands Switzerland Denmark Sweden Norway Republic of Texas Immigrations Business Texas State Historical Association
1860 Michigan Republicans Nominate Austin Blair for Governor Michigan Political and Social Leaders Politics Michigan Republican Party State of Michigan
1862 William B. Mumford Is Executed for Tearing Down a United States Flag from the Mint in New Orleans New Orleans U.S. Flags and Symbols Capital Punishment American Civil War Lousiana Secretary of State
James Andrews, Leader of Andrews' Raiders of "The Great Locomotive Chase" Fame Is Hanged in Atlanta, Georgia as a Spy Atlanta, Georgia Railroad Notorious Americans Capital Punishment American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
1863 Confederate Troops Fail in Attempt to Rescue Vicksburg, Mississippi Vicksburg, Mississippi Vicksburg History Channel
1864 At Its Convention in Baltimore, Maryland the Republican Party Nominates Abraham Lincoln for a Second Term as President Baltimore, Maryland Abraham Lincoln American Presidency Politics American Civil War Lincoln Logs University of Georgia
1870 Russellville, Arkansas Is Incorporated Russellville, Arkansas Arkansas Historiy Commission
1873 North Florida African-American Mill Workers Strike for 10-hour Day and Payment of $1.50 Per Day Florida Labor Job Actions Economics African-American Heritage Reconstruction Florida Historical Society
1876 In Texas, Construction Begins on San Antonio's Fort Sam Houston San Antonio, Texas Forts Fort Sam Houston Texas State Historical Association
1890 San Diego, California's First Cable Car Begins Operation San Diego, California Transportation Historic Firsts Learn California
1892 In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Republican National Convention Renominates Benjamin Harrison for President Minneapolis, Minnesota Benjamin Harrison The American Presidency 1892 Republican National Convention Republican National Party Minnesota Historical Society
30-year-old African-American Shoemaker Homer Plessy Is Jailed for Sitting in the "White" Car of the East Louisiana Railroad Louisiana Plessy v. Ferguson Railroads Civil Rights Law African-American Heritage Franklin Pierce Law Center
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1902 Near the Duluth, Minnesota Harbor, the Steamer Hadley Rams and Sinks the Freighter Thomas Wilson, Drowning 9 Crewmembers Duluth, Minnesota Steamboats Death MInnesota Historical Society
1913 Port St. Joe, Florida Is Incorporated by the State Legislature Port St. Joe, Florida Florida Historical Society
1916 The Columbia River Highway Is Opened Oregon Washington Columbia River Highway
1917 The British 2nd Army Crushes the Germans at Messines Ridge in Northern France France Great Britain Germany World War I History Channel
1926 The First Air Mail Service Arrives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Aviation History U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1929 Chiefland, Florida Is Incorporated by the State Legislature Port St. Joe, Florida Florida Historical Society
1938 In Washington, the Boeing Model 314 "Flying Boat" Is First Flown Washington Aviation Naval History Historic Firsts History Link
1941 Over 600 Delegates from 38 States Attend a Ku Klux Klan Convention in Atlanta, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia Ku Klux Klan African-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
1942 Battle of Midway Ends Naval Military History World War II History Channel BBC
Japanese Land Troops on the Alaskan Islands of Attu and Kiska in the Aleutians Japan Alaska World War II History Channel Alaska Historical Society
American Merchant Vessel SS Coast Trader Is Torpedoed and Sunk by a Japanese Submarine Off the Coast of Washington Japan Washington Naval War History World War II History Link
1948 Democratically-Elected Czech President, Eduard Benes, Resigns Rather Than Sign a New Communist State Constitution Czech Government Soviet Union Cold War History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1965 General Westmoreland Requests 35 Battalions of Combat Troops with Another Nine in Reserve Vietnam War History Channel
1966 Ronald Reagan Is Elected Governor of California California Political and Social Leaders Ronald Reagan Elections Cold War History Channel
1981 Israeli Planes Destroyed an Iraqi Nuclear Power Plant Charged the Plant Could Be Used to Make Nuclear Weapons Israel Iraq Aviation Military History Nuclear Power Terrorism BBC
1987 August Wilson's Play Fences Receives Four Tony Awards, Including for Best Play August Wilson American Authors Plays Tony Awards African-American Authors Internet Broadway Database Minnesota Historical Society
1999 A 50-year Salmon Recovery Plan Is Signed into Law Washington Salmon Law History Link
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2006 In Ohio, the Newark Earthworks Are Designated a State Monument Newark Earthworks Prehistoric Native Americans Ohio Historical Society