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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1572 Ben Jonson (English Poet, Dramatist) English Authors Poetry Plays
1932 Athol Fugard (South African Playwright) Athol Fugard Plays
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1864 Richard Strauss (German Composer, Conductor) Richard Strauss Composers Opera
1899 Frederick McKay (Washington-born Composer) Washington Composers American Composers
1926 Carlisle Floyd (South Carolina-born Opera Composer) South Carolina Composers American Composers Opera
Political and Social Leaders
1832 Augustus Born (Tennessee-born Governor of Arkansas; U.S. Senator from Arkansas) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Arkansas History Commission
1880 Jeannette Rankin (Montana-born Women's Suffragist; First Woman Elected to the U.S. Congress) Jeannette Rankin Women's Suffeage U.S. Congress
Performing Artists
1935 Gene Wilder (Wisconsin-born Actor) Wisconsin Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Internet Movie Database Wisconsin Historic Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1727 George I (King of England) English Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy
1825 Daniel Tompkins (Governor of New York, Vice-President of the United States for President James Monroe) New York Political and Social Leaders Presidents James Monroe
1875 Addie D. Waites Hunton (Virginia-born African American Civil Rights Advocate) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Women Women's Suffrage African-American Political and Social Leaders
1900 Belle Boyd (West Virginia-born Confederate Spy) Notorious Persons of West Virginia American Civil War Notorious Americans Wisconsin Historic Society
1901 William J. Samford (Georgia-born Governor of Alabama) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Alabama Political and Social Leaders Alabama State Archive
1936 Robert Ervin Howard (Texas-born Fantasy Author Who Created the Character of Conan the Barbarian) Texas Authors American Authors Texas State Historical Association
1967 Eurith Dickinson (Arkansas-born Governor of Georgia) Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1991 Connie Yerwood Connor (Texas-born African-American Public Health Physician) Texas Scientists and Mathematicians Health Care African-American Scientists and Mathematicians Texas State Historical Association
1999 DeForest Kelly (Georgia-born Actor; Dr. McCoy in Star Trek) Georgia Performing Artists Actors Television Film Internet Movie Database
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1727 George II Succeeds His Father George I as King of England English Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy Georgia Historical Society
1735 Chiefs of the Upper and Lower Creeks Convened in Savannah to Receive Gifts and Set a Boundary for Georgia's Settlement Savannah, Georgia Colonial Georgia Creek Georgia Historical Society
1776 Continental Congress Selects a Committee of Five to Draft a Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson John Adams Benjamin Franklin Roger Sherman Robert Livingston Declaration of Independence American Revolution History Channel
1796 The Northwest Territory's First Newspaper, the Centinel of the North-Western Territory, Ceases Publication in Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Journalism Ohio Historical Society
1797 Father Fermin Lasuen Founds Mission San Jose de Guadalupe, the 14th of 21 Eventual Missions in Alta California California California Missions Religion Hispanic Heritage Learn California
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1802 Swiss Immigrants Settle in Southeastern Indiana in What Will Become Switzerland County Switzerland Switzerland County, Indiana Immigration Indiana Historical Society
1805 The Entire Settlement of Detroit, Michigan Is Destroyed by Fire Detroit, Michigan Fire State of Michigan
1835 Minnesota's First Protestant Church Is Organized at Fort Snelling Minnesota Fort Snelling Religion Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1837 In Boston, Massachusetts, Irish Immigrants Riot Against the City's Volunteer Firefighters Boston, Massachusetts Irish Immigrants Human Rights/Civil Rights Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1849 The Minnesota Territory Is Divided into Three Judicial Districts Minnesota Law Minnesota Historical Society
The Little Rock, Arkansas Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows Is Organized Little Rock, Arkansas Odd Fellows Arkansas History Commission
1858 In Minnesota, Wadena County Is Formed and Named for a Trading Post on the Crow Wing River Wadena County, Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
1859 Marshalltown, Iowa Businessmen Form the Cedar Rapids & Missouri River Railroad Company Marshalltown, Iowa Railroads Business State Historic Society of Iowa
In Wisconsin, Construction Begins on the Iowa County Courthouse Iowa County, Wisconsin Architecture Wisconsin Historic Society
1861 The 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Regiment Is Organized in Madison Madison, Wisconsin American Civil War Wisconsin Historic Society
1862 The Union Navy Captures Two Confederate Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historic Society
1864 Confederate Cavalry Defends a Critical Rail Line at Virginia's Trevilian Station Virginia Railroad Battle of Trevilian Station History Channel
1865 Armed Robbers Steal More Than Half of the Gold and Silver in the Texas State Treasury Texas Gold Silver Crime Texas State Historical Association
1873 In Wetzel County, West Virginia, a Lynch Mob Shoots and Kills John Jennings, a Suspected Leader of a Gang of Criminals Wetzel County, West Virginia Capital Punishment Crime West Virginia State Archives
1877 In Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Tom Brown Foot Ball Association Is Formed as an Exclusive Club for Football Players Minneapolis, Minnesota Football Minnesota Historical Society
1899 In St. Paul, Minnesota, Police Crack Down on Speeding Bicyclists St. Paul, Minnesota Bicycling Crime Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 Alabama Governor William J. Samford Dies While in Office and Is Succeeded by the President of the Alabama Senate Alabama Political and Social Leaders Death Alabama State Archive
1912 Silas Christofferson Takes 12 Minutes to Fly His 40 Horse-Power Bi-Plane from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, Washington. Portland, Oregon Vancouver, Washington Aviation
1913 The 668-ton Iron-Hulled Steamer Yukon Is Wrecked on Alaska's Sanak Island During a Fog with No Loss of Life Alaska Steamboats Iron Alaska Historical Society
1918 French and American Divisions Attack German Lines in Central France 45 Miles From Paris Germany France World War I History Channel
1925 Clewiston, Florida Is Incorporated Clewiston, Florida Florida Historic Society
1937 Fort Walton, Florida Is Incorporated Fort Walton, Florida Florida Historic Society
1940 Britain Bombs Italy in Response to Mussolini's Declaration of War on England and France Benito  Mussolini France Great Britain World War II History Channel
1942 U.S. and Soviet Union Reach Lend-Lease Agreement to Aid the Soviet War Effort Soviet Union Economics World War II New York Times
1943 British Troops Land on the Italian Island of Pantelleria Off the Southern Coast of Sicily Sicily Great Britain World War II History Channel
1944 Five Allied Landing Groups Form a Solid Front of 330,000 Troops Across Northwestern France France World War II History Channel
1945 Elected to the Library Board, Nellie Stone Johnson Is the First African American Elected to a Citywide Post in Minneapolis, Minnesota Minnespolis, Minnesota Library Elections Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1947 Sugar Is the Last War-Time Commodity Rationing to be Discontinued by the U.S. Government U.S. Government Foods and Nutrition World War II State of Delaware
1949 Country Music Legend Hank Williams Debuts at the Grand Ole Opry Hank Williams Country Music Hall of Fame Grand Ole Opry Alabama State Archive
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1953 The Sabal Palmetto Palm (Cabbage Palm) Tree Is Designated as the Official State Tree by the Florida Legislature Florida Palm Tree Florida Historic Society
1963 Alabama Governor George Wallace Pledges to Block the Integration of the University of Alabama George Wallace Education Racism Civil Rights/Human Rights University of Alabama Alabama State Archive
White Nebraska Educator Robert Muckel Integrates Alabama's Public Education Enrolling at All-Black Alabama A&M College Alabama Education Nebraska Education Racism Historic Firsts Alabama A&M Alabama State Archive
At the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. James Hardy Performs the World's First Human Lung Transplant Mississippi Scientists & Mathematicians Alabama Scientists & Mathematicians Health Care Historic Firsts University of Mississippi Medical Center Alabama State Archive
1964 Dr. Martin Luther King and 17 Companions Are Arrested Attempting to Desegregate a St. Augustine, Florida Restaurant St. Augustine, Florida Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights.Civil Rights Crime Florida Historic Society
1967 United Nations-Brokered Cease Fire Takes Effect Between Israel and Syria United Nations Israel Syria Middle East History History Channel
1978 The Freighter Chavez Rams a Seattle, Washington Bridge, Closing It to Automobile Traffic for 6 Years Seattle, Washington Naval History Bridges Automotives History Link
1987 Margaret Thatcher Is First British Prime Minister in 160 Years to Win a Third Consecutive Term Margaret Thatcher Election Cold War BBC
1989 China Issues a Warrant for Fang Lizhi, a Chinese Dissident Taking Refuge in the U.S. Embassy, Beijing China Human Rights/Civil Rights Cold War History Channel
1999 The Milwaukee Brewers Retire Paul Molitor's #4 Jersey Wisconsin Sports Figures Minnesota Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Wisconsin Historic Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2006 Seattle, Washington's Intiman Theatre Is Given the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award Seattle, Washington Stage & Theater Tony Awards Intiman Theatre History Link
2008 Prime Minister Stephen Harper Apologizes to Native Americans for Abuses Suffered under Canada's Residential School System Canadian Education Education Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights Native-American Heritage CBC