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The Philippines, Yemen: Arbor Day
(Observed annually on this date)
The Philippines Yemen Arbor Day Arbor Day Foundation
Military Leaders
1900 Louis Mountbatten (British Admiral, Second Cousin to King George VI) English Military Leaders Naval Military History World War II History Channel
Political & Social Leaders
1954 Sonia Sotomayor (New York-born First Hispanic Justice of the United States Supreme Court) Sonia Sotomayor United States Supreme Court President Barack Obama Latin-American Political and Social Leaders American Women in Politics and Government Historic Firsts
Sports Figures
1925 Gene Baker (First Iowa-born African-American to Play Major League Baseball) Iowa Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball African-American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1876 George Armstrong Custer (Ohio-born U.S. General Killed at the Little Big Horn River in Montana) Montana George Armstrong Custer U.S. Military Figures Cheyenne Texas State Historcial Association
1906 Stanford White (New York City-born Architect Murdered on the Roof of Madison Square Garden) New York City Artists and Archotects Architecture
1961 Miriam Amanda "Ma" Ferguson (First Female Governor of Texas) Texas Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historcial Association
1976 Johnny Mercer (Georgia-born 4-time Academy Award-winning Composer, Songwriter) Johnny Mercer American Composers Academy Awards
1995 Warren Burger (Minnesota-born 15th Chief Justice of the United States) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court
2003 Lester Maddox (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
2009 Michael Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Michael Jackson African-American Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
1564 Fort Caroline Colony, Located on a Bluff Above Florida's St. Johns River, Is Started by Rene Laudonniere Florida Forts Florida Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1788 Virginia Ratifies the U.S. Constitution Virginia U.S. Constitution New York Times
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1812 News Reaches Savannah, Georgia That the U.S. Has Declared War on England England Savannah, Georgia War of 1812 University of Georgia
1833 In Wilmington, Delaware, Sally Ann Beech, an African-American Woman, Is Flogged 21 Times and Sold to the Highest Bidder Wilmington, Delaware Slavery African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1845 William Moseley Is Inaugurated as Florida's First Governor Florida Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1849 Minnesota's Territorial Governor, Alexander Ramsey, Arrives in St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
1862 The Seven Days Battles Begin as Confederate and Union Forces Meet at Oak Grove, East of Richmond, Virginia Richmond, Virginia American Civil War Virginia Historical Society
1863 U.S.S. Sagamore Captures the British Schooner Frolic on Florida's Crystal River Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Pennsylvania Troops Begin Tunneling to Blow a Hole in Confederate Lines at Petersburg, Virginia Petersburg, Virginia Pennsylvania Petersburg History Channel
Confederates Overrun Union Forces at Las Rusias, Texas Texas Las Rusias Texas State Historical Association
U.S.S. Proteus Captures the British Steamer Jupiter Off the East Coast of Florida Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1868 Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina Are Readmitted to the Union Florida Alabama Louisiana Georgia North Carolina South Carolina Reconstruction New York Times Florida Historical Society University of Georgia
1876 In Montana, George Armstrong Custer and 265 Men of the 7th U.S. Cavalry Are Annihilated on the Little Big Horn River Montana George Armstrong Custer U.S. Military Figures Cheyenne Death Texas State Historcial Association
1888 Benjamin Harrison Is Nominated for President at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Ohio Political and Social Leaders Benjamin Harrison 1888 Republican National Convention Indiana Historcial Society
1893 In Wisconsin, Northland College Holds Its First Commencement Wisconsin Education Education Historic Firsts Northland College Wisconsin Historcial Society
1897 The Alaska Commercial Company Steamer Alice Arrives at St. Michael with the First Shipment of Klondike Gold Alaska Steamships Gold Historic Firsts Alaska Historcial Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1910 U.S. Congress Passes the Mann Act Establishing Standards for Statutory Rape and Sexual Exploitation of Minors U.S. Congress Child Advocacy Laws and Legal Resources History Channel
Igor Stravinsky's Ballet, "The Firebird," Is First Performed at the Paris Opera Paris Opera Igor Stravinsky Ballet Historic Firsts American Public Media
1915 Germans Release Statement Defending the Use of Poisonous Chlorine Gas at Ypres Germany Chlorine War Crimes World War I History Channel
1921 Thomas Hardwick Is inaugurated as Governor of Georgia Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1930 Flying Her Lockheed "Vega" 174.9 mph over Detroit, Amelia Earhart Sets a New Speed Record for Women Detroit Amelia Earhart Women Aviation State of Michigan
1942 Dwight Eisenhower Becomes Commander of All U.S. Troops in the European Theater Dwight Eisenhower World War II History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 The Korean War Begins as Communists Troops from North Korea Invade the South Korean War History Channel BBC Wisconsin Historcial Society National Public Radio
Flash Flooding in a 6-County Area Kills over 30 People in Central West Virginia West Virginia Flooding Death West Virginia State Archive
1957 A 4-year Boycott of White Businesses Begins in Tuskegee, Alabama to Protest Gerrymandering City Limits to Exclude African Americans Tuskegee, Alabama Racism Business African-American Heritage Alabama State Archives
1967 Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park Closes after 1530 Performances on Broadway New York City Plays Internet Broadway Database
1970 The United States Launches New Plan for Peace in the Middle East Middle East History BBC
1977 In Minnesota, the First Grandma's Marathon Is Run from Two Harbors to Duluth Minnesota Distance Running Historic Firsts Grandma's Marathon Minnesota Historical Society
1985 British Police Arrest 13 Connected with Terrorist Bomb Plot Great Britain Crime Terrorism BBC
1990 A U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Settles a Georgia-South Carolina Boundary Dispute Along the Lower Savannah River Georgia South Carolina U.S. Supreme Couret Rivers law Georgia Historical Society
1991 Yugoslav Republics of Croatia and Slovenia Declare Their Independence Croatia Slovenia Yugoslavia Cold War New York Times
1992 The Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-50) Is Launched on a 14-day Mission from Cape Canaveral. Florida Cape Canaveral. Florida Space Shuttle Florida Historical Society NASA
1996 A Truck Bomb Kills 19 Americans and Injures Hundreds at a U.S. Military Complex in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia Middle East History Terrorism Death New York Times
1999 The San Antonio Spurs Defeat the New York Knicks to Win Their First National Basketball Association Championship Texas Sports Figures New York Sports Figures Basketball NBA Texas State Historcial Association
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2004 The Last Elevated Train Runs in Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts Transportation Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
2005 Ultra-Conservative Mayor of Tehran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Wins Landslide Victory in Iran's Presidential Poll Iranian Political and Social Leaders Elections Middle East History BBC