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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1898 Erich Maria Remarque (German Author of All Quiet on the Western Front) Erich Maria Remarque World War I History Channel
1939 Ada Yonath (Israeli 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Ada Yonath Ribosomes 2009 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
1806 Alexander Faribault (Wisconsin-born Minnesota Fur Trader, Pioneer) Wisconsin Explorers and Pioneers Minnesota Explorers and Pioneers Westward Expansion
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1839 Major Ridge (Cherokee Leader Assassinated in Present-Day Oklahoma for His Role in Approving the Treaty of New Echota) Oklahoma Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents Georgia Historical Society
1965 David O. Selznick (Pennsylvania-born Filmmaker Who Produced Gone with the Wind) David O. Selznick Filmmakers Gone with the Wind Internet Movie Database
2008 George Carlin (New York City-born Comedian. Humorist) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
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Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1611 Henry Hudson, His Son and 7 Supporters Are Set Adrift by Mutineers in Canada Canada Henry Hudson North American Explorers Naval History History Channel
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1775 Congress Authorizes the Issue of $2 Million in Bills Known as "Continentals" Continental Congress Currency American Revolution History Channel
Georgia Whigs Vote to Join Other Colonies in a Boycott of British Goods Georgia Colonial Georgia Voting Economics American Revolution University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1819 Indiana's First Governor, Jonathan Jennings, Entertains President James Monroe and General Andrew Jackson at the Governor's Mansion in Corydon Corydon, Indiana President James Monroe Andrew Jackson Indiana Historcial Society
1824 In Texas, Settlers Attack 30 Karankawa Indians Camped on the Bank of Jones Creek in Southern Brazoria County Barzoria County, Texas Karankawa Indians War Death Texas State Historcial Association
1832 Mexican General José Antonio Mexía Sets Sail for Texas to Suppress Possible Rebellious Activities Mexican Military Figures Texas Rebellion Texas Revolution Texas State Historcial Association
1839 In Present-Day Oklahoma, Cherokee Leader, Major Ridge, Is Assassinated for His Role in Approving the Treaty of New Echota Oklahoma Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents Death Georgia Historical Society
1851 California's State Capital Is Briefly Moved to Vallejo Vallejo, California Learn California
1861 The First Minnesota Regiment Departs Fort Snelling for Washington, D.C. Minnesota Military Figures Washington, D.C. Fort Snelling alt= Minnesota Historical Society
1864 Union Forces Fail in Attempt to Capture a Railroad Supplying Confederate Troops in Petersburg, Virginia Petersburg, Virginia Railroad Petersburg History Channel
In Georgia, Union Forces Repel Confederate Attack at the Battle of Kolb's Farm Georgia Battle of Kolb's Farm University of Georgia
1868 Arkansas Is re-Admitted to the Union Arkansas Reconstruction New York Times
1870 U.S. Congress Create the Department of Justice U.S. Congress U.S. Department of Justice Law and Legal Resources New York Times
1872 In Wisconsin. the First Edition of the Ashland Press, a Weekly Publication, Is Printed Ashland, Wisconsin Journalism Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1901 The Temperature Reaches 113 °F in Sigourney, Iowa Sigourney, Iowa Temperature State Historical Society of Iowa
1919 Three Windstorms Hit Fergus Falls, Minnesota Leaving 59 People Dead Fergus Falls, Minnesota Wind Death Minnesota Historical Society
1921 The First Patients Are Admitted to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, at Kerrville, Texas Kerrville, Texas Health Care World War I Historic Firsts Texas State Historcial Association
1937 Joe Louis Defeats James J. Braddock at Chicago's Comiskey Park for the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship Chicago Joe Louis International Boxing Hall of Fame International Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Alabama State Archives State  of Michigan
1938 In New York's Yankee Stadium, Joe Louis Defends His World Boxing Championship by Knocking Out German Heavyweight Max Schmeling Max Schmeling New York City Joe Louis International Boxing Hall of Fame International Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures New York Historical Society
1940 France Surrenders to the Nazis France Nazi Germany World War II New York Times
1941 Germany Launches Operation Barbarossa--Over 3M German Troops Invade Russia in Three Parallel Offensives Russia Nazi Germany World War II History Channel BBC
1943 W.E.B. DuBois Becomes the First African-American Member of the National Institute of Letters W.E.B. DuBois American Authors Historic Firsts African-American Authors Georgia Historical Society
1944 President Franklin Roosevelt Signs the GI bill to Provide Financial Aid to World War II Veterans President Franklin Roosevelt Veterans Education Economics World War II History Channel
1946 In Massachusetts, the Quabbin Reservoir Is Filled, Completing Its 20-year Construction Massachusetts Quabbin Reservoir Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1961 The Florida City of Lauderdale Lakes Is Incorporated Lauderdale Lakes, Florida Florida Historical Society
1965 The Florida Legislature Charters Florida International University Florida Education Education Florida International University Florida Historical Society
1970 President Richard Nixon Signs Measure Lowering U.S. Legal Voting Age to 18 Presdient Richard Nixon Voting Rights Law and Legal Resources New York Times
1973 Hail 7" Deep Stops Traffic on Highway 169 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota Grand Rapids, Minnesota Storms Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
1984 The Sixth Annual Conference on Women Miners Begins in Charleston, West Virginia Charleston, West Virginia Women Labor West Virginia State Archive
1989 After Nearly 15 Years of Civil War Opposing Factions in Angola Agree to a Cease-Fire Angola Cold War History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2007 President George W. Bush and Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet Meet at the White House Vietnam Political and Social Leaders Presdient George W. Bush Vietnam War National Public Radio