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Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1901 Harry Partch (California-born Composer, Performer, Instrument Inventor) California Composers American Composers Internet Movie Database
1935 Terry Riley (California-born Composer, Performer) California Composers American Composers Internet Movie Database
Military Leaders
1820 Henry Rootes Jackson (Georgia-born Confederate General; U.S. Ambassador to Austria and Mexico) Georgia Military Figures U.S. Government American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
Philsopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1813 Henry Ward Beecher (Connecticut-born Minister, Author, Abolitionist) Henry Ward Beecher Religious Leaders and Theologians Abolition
Political and Social Leaders
1811 John Archibald Campbell (Georgia-born Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Georgia Historical Society
1840 Mary Latimer McLendon (Georgia-born Temperance and Women's Suffrage Leader) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Substance Abuse Women Women's Suffrage Georgia Historical Society
1864 Edward Sauerhering (Wisconsin Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1803 Matthew Thornton (New Hampshire Delegates to the Second Continental Congress Ex Post Facto Signer of the Declaration of Independence) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Continental Congress Declaration of Independence History Channel
1839 John Floyd (South Carolina-born U.S. Congressman from Georgia) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Georgia Historical Society
1892 Grover Cleveland (New Jersey-born 24th President of the United States) New Jersey Political and Social Leaders Grover Cleveland The American Presidency
1934 Granville Davisson Hall (Virginia-born Editor of the Wheeling Intelligencer; West Virginia's Second Secretary of State) Virginia Authors West Virginia Authors Journalism West Virginia State Archives
1935 Carlos Gardel (Argentinian Tango Maestro) Carlos Gardel Dance International Musicians
1981 W. D. Smithers (American Photographer Who Documented Mexican-American Culture in the Texas Big Bend Region) Texas Artists & Photographers Photography Latin-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1987 Jackie Gleason (New York City-born Actor, Comedian) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Film Internet Movie Database
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Historic Events of the 1400s that Occurred on this Date
1497 Italian-born English Explorer John Cabot Makes the First Recorded Sighting of North America (Canada) by a European John Cabot Canada North American Explorers Historic Firsts New York Times University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1675 King Philip's War Begins as Wampanoag Warriors Kill 7 Colonists in Swansea, Massachusetts Swansea, Massachusetts Wampanoag Colonial Massachusetts King Philip's War History Channel Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1699 In Texas, San Juan Bautista Mission Is Founded and Named in Honor of the Feast Day of St. John Texas Religion Texas State Historcial Association
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1775 Virginia Revolutionaries Seize Weapons from the Governor's Palace in Williamsburg After the Royal Governor Promises Freedom to Slaves England Williamsburg, Virginia Colonial Virginia Slavery Virginia Historcial Society
1797 The California Mission San Juan Bautisita (Saint John the Baptist) Is Founded by Father Ferměn de Lasučn California California Missions Religion Hispanic Heritage Learn California
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1823 Gadsden County, Florida Is Established and Named for James Gadsden, an Aide-de-Camp to General Andrew Jackson Gadsden County, Florida Andrew Jackson Florida Historcial Society
1834 The Indiana Baptist Manual Labor Institute (Franklin College) Is Established at Franklin, Indiana Franklin, Indiana Education Franklin College Indiana Historcial Society
1851 Fort Belknap Is Established in What Is Now Young County, in North Central Texas Young County, Texas Forts Texas State Historcial Association
1862 At West Point, President Lincoln Discusses with General Winfield Scott the Union Strategy in Virginia  President Lincoln West Point Military Academy American Civil War History Channel Lincoln Log
1863 U.S.S. Tahoma Captures a Confederate Flatboat in a Bayou Near Florida's Manatee River Florida Naval History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1876 The First Train Enters Van Buren, Arkansas Van Buren, Arkansas  Railroad  Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1880 Winfield Hancock of Pennsylvania Receives the Presidential Nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders  American Presidency  Presidential Elections  Democratic National Party State of Delaware
1885 Woodrow Wilson Marries Ellen Axson in Savannah, Georgia Savannah, Georgia  Woodrow Wilson History Channel
1894 In Alaska, the Circle City Townsite Is Staked Following the Discovery of Gold on Birch Creek Circle City, Alaska Gold Alaska Historical Society
1896 Booker T. Washington Is the first African American to be Awarded an Honorary Degree by Harvard University Booker T. Washington Educators of Note Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Harvard University Alabama State Archive
1899 The Lewiston-Clarkston Bridge Is the First Bridge to Connect Washington and Idaho by Spanning the Snake River Washington Idaho Bridges Snake River Historic Firsts History Link
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1915 The First Operational Flight Is Made of the German Fokker Eindecker Fighter Plane Germany Aviation Military History Historic Firsts World War I History Channel
1940 France Signs an Armistice with Italy France Italy World War II New York Times
1942 The Tug John R. Williams Sinks When It Hits a Mine Laid by the German Submarine U-373, 7 Miles Off Rehoboth, Delaware Germany Rehoboth, Delaware Naval Military History World War II State of Delaware
1945 Soviet Troops Parade Past Red Square in Celebration of Their Victory over Nazi Germany Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
In Thailand, British Bombers Destroy the "Bridge Over the River Kwai" Built by Allied Prisoners of War Thailand Great Britain Bridges Aviation Military History Prisoners of War World War II Internet Movie Database History Channel
1946 Mellen, Wisconsin Receives 11.72" of Rain Mellen, Wisconsin Storms Wisconsin Historical Society
1948 Soviets Blockade West Berlin Soviet Union Berlin, Germany Cold War History Channel
African-American Leaders Reject an Offer to Establish an "All-Negro" Unit of the Minnesota National Guard Minnesota Military Figures Racism National Guard African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 The First Captured German V-2 Rocket Is Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida Germany Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1953 Jacqueline Bouvier and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy Publicly Announce Their Engagement  John F. Kennedy History Channel
1962 The New York Yankees Defeat the Detroit Tigers 9-7 in a 22-inning Game That Lasts 7 Hours New York City Sports Figures Detroit Sports Figures Baseball State of Michigan
1970 U.S. Senate Rolls Back Presidential Authority in Vietnam by Repealing the Tonkin Gulf Resolution Vietnam U.S. Senate President Richard Nixon Law and Legal Resources Vietnam War History Channel
1973 Graham Martin Is Sworn in as Ambassador to South Vietnam Vietnam U.S. Government Vietnam War History Channel
1996 In St. Paul, Minnesota White Earth Tribal Leaders Are Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison for Corruption and Vote Buying St. Paul, Minnesota White Earth, Minnesota Voting Crime Law Native-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000 - present on this date
2010 Julia Gillard Is Elected as Australia's First Female Prime Minister Australia Historic Firsts BBC
At Wimbledon, American John Isner Defeats France's Nicolaus Mahut 70-68 in the 5th Set to Win History's Longest Tennis Match Tennis Wimbledon