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Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1902 Richard Rodgers (New York City-born Composer of American Musicals) New York Composers American Composers American Musicals Internet Broadway Database
1946 Robert Xavier Rodriguez (Texas-born Latin-American Composer) Texas Composers American Composers Hispanic Composers
Military Leaders
1824 William Tatum Wofford (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
Philosopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1712 Jean Jacques Rousseau (Swiss-born French Philosopher, Author) Swiss Political and Social Leaders French Political and Social Leaders Philososphy Authors
Political and Social Leaders
1491 Henry VIII, King of England English Political and Social Leaders Henry VIII
1948 Clarence Thomas (Georgia-born African-American Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Cornell University of  Georgia
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1830 David Walker (North Carolina-born African-American Abolitionist, Author) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Abolition American Authors Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1836 James Madison (Virginia-born Fourth President of the United States) Virginia Political and Social Leaders President James Madison American Presidency
1880 Texas Jack Omohundro (Virginia-born Frontiersman) Virginia Explorers and Pioneers Texas Explorers and Pioneers Westward Expansion Texas State Historical Association
1914 Archduke Ferdinand of Austria (Assassinated in Sarajevo by a Bosnian Serb) Austrian Political and Social Leaders Sarajevo World War I Library of Congress
1943 Harriet B. Jones (Pennsylvania-born Women's Rights and Political Leader; Licensed Female Physician in West Virginia) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Health Care Women Human Rights/Civil Rights West Virginia Archives
2010 Robert Byrd (North Carolina-born U.S. Senator from West Virginia) Robert Byrd West Virginia Political and Socail Leaders U.S. Congress
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Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
1566 Three Spanish Jesuit Monks Leave Spain to Christianize the Native Americans in the Florida Peninsula Spain Florida Native American Heritage Religion Latin-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 Spanish Florida Governor Manuel de Montiano Arrives Off the Southern Tip of Georgia's St. Simons Island with a Fleet of 36 Ships and 2,000 Men Spain Florida Georgia Colonial Georgia Naval Military History University of Georgia
1776 Delegates of the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia Are Presented Thomas Jefferson's Draft of the Declaration of Independence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thomas Jefferson Continental Congress Declaration of Independence University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1817 The First Post Office in Arkansas Is Established at Davidsonville Davidsonville, Arkansas U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Arkansas History Commission
1818 The U.S. Congress Extends the Area of the Michigan Territory to Include Present-Day Minnesota Michigan Minnesota U.S Congress Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1820 In Arkansas, the Cadron Settlement Is Selected as the Seat of Pulaski County Cadron Settlement, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1839 The Schooner Amistad Sets Sail Down the Cuban Coast Cuba Slavery The Amistad Smithsonian African American Registry
1849 In Minnesota, Amherst Willoughby Begins Stagecoach Service between St. Paul and St. Anthony Minnesota Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
1860 Michigan Democrats Nominate John S. Barry for Governor for the Fifth Time Michigan Political and Social Leaders Michigan Democratic Party Michigan Historical Center
1861 In California, A Group of Sacramento Businessmen Organizes the Central Pacific Railroad Company Sacramento, California Railroad Business Learn California
1862 Confederates Capture the St. Nicholas and Three Other Commercial Ships on the Chesapeake Bay Naval Military History Capture of the <I>St. Nicholas</i> History Channel
In Minnesota, Train Service Begins between St. Paul and Minneapolis Minnesota Railroad Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1863 Boats from the U.S.S. Fort Henry Capture the Schooner Anna Maria in Florida's Steinhatchee River Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Approves Act Repealing the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and All Acts for Rendition of Fugitive Slaves President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Lincoln Log
1865 A Tornado Kills 22 People in Wisconsin Wisconsin Tornado Death Wisconsin Historical Society
1887 Atlanta Druggist and Chemist John S. Pemberton Registers a Patent for "Coca-Cola Syrup and Extract" John S. Pemberton Patents and Trademarks Coca Cola Georgia Historical Society
1894 U.S. Congress Passes Bill for the Regular Observance of Labor Day in the District of Columbia and the Territories Distirct of Columbia U.S. Congress Labor Day Holidays and Observances History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1913 John M. Slaton Is Inaugurated as Governor of Georgia, Succeeding Joseph M. Brown Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1914 Archduke Ferdinand of Austria and His Wife Sofia Are Assassinated in Sarajevo by a Bosnian Serb Austrian Political and Social Leaders Sarajevo Death World War I Library of Congress History Channel
1919 The Treaty of Versailles Is Signed in France France Treaty of Versailles World War I New York Times
The Texas State Senate Ratifies the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Granting Women the Right to Vote Texas Government Women's Suffrage Voting Rights 19th Amendment Texas State Historical Association
Harry S. Truman Marries His Childhood Sweetheart, Bess Wallace Missouri Political and Social Leaders Harry Truman History Channel
1924 A Tornado Kills 72 People in Lorain, Ohio Lorain, Ohio Tornado Death Ohio Historical Society
1928 New York Governor Alfred E. Smith Is Nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention in Houston Houston, Texas New York Political and Social Leaders American Presidency New York Times
In Hyder, Alaska, the Post Office, Province Hotel and Other Business Buildings Are Destroyed in a $100,000 Fire Hyder, Alaska Fire Business Alaska Historical Society
1940 Having Set Up Headquarters in England, General Charles de Gaulle Is Recognized as the Leader of Free France Charles de Gaulle England World War II History Channel
1948 The Soviet Union Expels Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau (COMINFORM) Yugoslavia Soviet Union Cold War History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 North Korean Forces Capture Seoul, South Korea Seoul, South Korea Korean War New York Times
1951 A Television Version of the Radio Program ''Amos 'N' Andy'' Premieres on CBS Radio Television CBS Racism African-American Heritage African American Registry
1958 France Releases 30 Islamic Political Prisoners in Algeria Algeria France Islam Middle East History BBC
1959 A Seaboard Air Line Railroad Train Derails and Burns Near Meldrim, Georgia, Resulting in 23 Deaths and 7 Injuries Meldrim, Georgia Railroad Death Georgia Historical Society
1962 Texas Humorist John Henry Faulk Wins a $3.5M Libel Suit Against an Organization That Had Blacklisted Him as a Communist Texas Authors American Authors Law Economics McCarthyism Texas State Historical Association
1965 3,000 Troops Launch the First U.S. Offensive in Vietnam Vietnam War Historic Firsts History Channel
1991 Margaret Thatcher Announces She Will Retire From the House of Commons British Parliament Margaret Thatcher BBC
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2004 The U.S. Hands Sovereignty Back to Iraq in a Baghdad Ceremony iraq Iraq War Middle East History BBC
2005 Sworn in as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, Leah Sears Is the First African-American Female State Supreme Court Justice Georgia Supreme Court Law Women African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts Georgia Historical Society
2009 Honduras President Manuel Zelaya Is Overthrown in a Military Coup Honduras BBC