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United States: Loving Day
(Observed annually on this date in honor of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia (06/12/1967) that legalized interracial marriage in the United States)
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Children's Authors & Illustrators
1942 Anne Frank (Dutch World War II Diarist) Anne Frank Literature Judaism The Holocaust World War II
Political and Social Leaders
1820 Andrew Scott Sloan (New York-born U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin) New York Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1897 Anthony Eden (Prime Minster of Great Britain) British Political and Social Leaders Middle East History New York Times
1924 George H.W. Bush (Massachusetts-born 41st President of the United States) President H.W. Bush World War II Cold War
Performing Artists
1918 Samuel Z. Arkoff (Iowa-born Movie Producer) Iowa Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database
1930 Jim Nabors (Alabama-born Actor, Singer; "Gomer Pyle") Alabama Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Internet Movie Database
1941 Chick Corea (Massachusetts-born Jazz Pianist, Composer) Massachusetts Performing Artists Jazz American Composers Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1965 Gwen Torrence (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures Track and Field Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1735 John Musgrove (South Carolina-born Georgia Frontiersman, Indian Trader) South Carolina Explorers and Pioneers Georgia Explorers and Pioneers American Explorers and Pioneers Native-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
1980 Ohira Masayoshi (Japanese Prime Minister) Japanese Political and Social Leaders Cold War Asian History
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1740 The English Siege of St. Augustine, Florida Begins as James Oglethorpe and 400 Soldiers Land Near the Spanish Fortress Castillo de San Marcos James Oglethorpe Spain St. Augustine, Florida Colonial America Forts War Georgia Historical Society
1776 Assembled in Williamsburg, the Virginia Convention Unanimously Adopts George Mason's Declaration of Rights Williamsburg, Virginia Virginia Declaration of Rights American Revolution History Channel Virginia Historical  Society
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1832 Alabama's First Railroad, the Tuscumbia Railway, Opens, Running Two Miles from Tuscumbia Landing at the Tennessee River to Tuscumbia Tuscumbia, Alabama Railroad Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1838 The Iowa Territory Is Formed, Including Present-Day Minnesota West of the Mississippi River Iowa Minnesota Mississippi River Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1853 In Oregon, John Hillman Leads the First Group of Euro-Americans to Discover Crater Lake Crater Lake National Park Service Historic Firsts
1862 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart Begins His Four-Day Reconnaissance Ride of the Entire Union Army of the Potomac Virginia American Civil War History Channel
1864 Union General Ulysses Grant Pulls His Troops from Their Positions at Cold Harbor, Virginia and Moves South Virginia Ulysses S. Grant Cold Harbor History Channel
1865 The San Francisco Examiner Is Founded San Francisco Media Journalism San Francisco Examiner Learn California
1873 Rocky Mountain Locusts Cross into Minnesota and Begin Destroying Crops in the Southwestern Part of the State Minnesota Farming & Agriculture Locusts Minnesota Historical Society
1898 The Philippines Declare Independence After 300 Years of Spanish Rule The Republic of the Philippines Spain The Spanish American War History Channel
1899 In Massachusetts, Ground Is Broken for Boston's Symphony Hall Boston Symphony Classical Music Symphony Hall Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
A Tornado Kills 117 People in New Richmond, Wisconsin New Richmond, Wisconsin Tornado Death Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1913 In Florida, the First Bridge Opens Crossing to Miami Beach Miami, Florida Bridges Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1914 The Last Commercially Cut Logs Pass Through Stillwater's Boom, Marking the End of Large-Scale Logging in Minnesota's St. Croix Valley Stillwater, Minnesota Trees Business Minnesota Historical Society
1917 Pressure From Those Favoring Greece's Entrance into the War Forces King Constantine to Abdicate Greek Political and Social Leaders World War I History Channel
1924 By Executive Order, President Calvin Coolidge Creates Alaska's Sitka National Cemetery Sitka, Alaska President Calvin Coolidge Death Alaska Historical Society
1928 The First City Elections Are Held in Cocoa Beach, Florida Cocoa Beach, Florida Elections Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1939 The National Baseball Hall of Fame Is Dedicated in Cooperstown, New York Cooperstown, New York National Baseball Hall of Fame Georgia Historical Society
Max Reiter Conducts His First Concert in San Antonio, Texas German Composers & Classical Musicians San Antonio, Texas Classical Musicians Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1940 54,000 British and French Troops Surrender to the Nazis at St. Valery-en-Caux on France's Northern Channel Border France Great Britain Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
1942 Anne Frank, a Young Jewish Girl Living in Amsterdam, Receives a Diary for Her 13th Birthday Anne Frank Literature Judaism The Holocaust World War II History Channel
1944 Recuperating from Surgery, Lieutenant John F. Kennedy Is Honored for Heroic Actions as a Gunboat Pilot President John F. Kennedy World War II History Channel
1946 The Weyerhaeuser Family Provides Initial Funding for the Forest History Society Trees Weyerhaeuser Philanthropy Forest History Society Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1959 The U.S. Announces It Will Issue Visas to Chinese Athletes for the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California China Squaw Valley, California 1960 Winter Olympics Cold War Asian History
1965 Roman Catholic Opposition Forces South Vietnamese Premier Phan Huy Quat to Resign Vietnamese Political and Social Leaders Religion Catholicism Vietnam War History Channel
1967 The Chinese Announce They Have Shot Down a Pilotless U.S. Reconnaissance Plane in Guangxi Province China Cold War Asian History
The U.S. Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, Unanimously Declares Unconstitutional Virginia's Laws Prohibiting Interracial Marriage Virginia Government U.S. Supreme Court Racism Law Virginia Historical  Society
1969 El Paso County Gives Hueco Tanks to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 3 Granite Hills Noted for Prehistoric Indian Rock Art El Paso County, Texas Paleoindians Art Hueco Tanks State Historic Site Texas State Historical Association
1979 The Detroit Tigers Hire George Lee "Sparky" Anderson as Manager Detroit, Michigan Sports Figures South Dakota Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame State of Michigan
1987 In Berlin, President Ronald Reagan Challenges Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev to Tear Down the Berlin Wall The Berlin Wall Mikhail Grobachev President Ronald Reagan Cold War History Channel New York Times