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Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1918 George Rochberg (New Jersey-born Composer) New Jersey Composers American Composers
1926 Kenneth Gaburo (New Jersey-born Composer) New Jersey Composers American Composers
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1888 Herbert Gasser (Wisconsin-born Medical Researcher; 1944 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine) Wisconsin Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Research 1944 Nobel Laureate for Physiology or Medicine WisconsinHistorical Society
Military Leaders
1885 Mauney D. Collins (Georgia State Superintendent for Education) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Georgia Historical Society
Philosopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1801 David Farragut (Tennessee-born Civil War Admiral) David Farragut Naval Military History American Civil War
Political and Social Leaders
1902 Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (Massachusetts-born Diplomat, U.S. Senator: 1937-44, 1947-52) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Cold War
1911 Georges Pompidou (French Premier: 1962-8, President: 1969-74) French Political and Social Leaders Cold War
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1795 Antonio de Ulloa (Spanish Colonial Governor of Louisiana: 1766-1768) Spanish Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Colonial Louisiana
1956 Slats Rodgers (Georgia-born Aviator; First Licensed Pilot in Texas) Georgia Aviators Texas Aviators Aviation Texas State Historical Association
1983 Harry James (Georgia-born Trumpeter. Songwriter, Bandleader; Member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame) Georgia Performing Artists Popular Musicians Songwriters Hall of Fame
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Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1737 James Oglethorpe Sails from England for Georgia Along with a Regiment of Soldiers to be Stationed on St. Simons Island James Oglethorpe St. Simons Island Colonial Georgia Naval History University of Georgia
1742 A Flotilla of 36 Ships and 2,000 Men Passes Fort St. Simon Beginning Spain's Invasion of Colonial Georgia Spain St. Simons Island Colonial Georgia Naval Military History University of Georgia
1776 In Delaware, A Portrait of King George III Is Burned on Dover Green When Independence Is Declared English Political and Social Leaders Dover, Delaware King George III American Revolution State of Delaware
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1811 Venezuela Is the First South American Country to Declare Independence from Spain Venezuela Spain Historic Firsts New York Times
1812 General William Hull Arrives in Detroit to Prepare for an Invasion of Canada Canada Detroit, Michigan War 1812 Michigan Historical Center
1816 Brookville, Indiana Gets Its First Post Office Brookville, Indiana U.S. Postal Service Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1819 Alabama's First Constitutional Convention Is Convened in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama Historic Alabama State Constitution Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1852 Delegates Assemble to Draft a New Louisiana State Constitution Louisiana Constitution Historic American Documents Historic Firsts Louisiana Secretary of State
1855 Texas' Governor Authorizes an Expedition to Cross the Rio Grand and Punish Apache Indians Who Raid in Texas and Escape to Mexico Mexico Texas Apache War Texas State Historical Association
1858 In Whatcom (Bellingham), Workers Begin Erecting the First Brick Building in the Washington Territory Bellingham, Washington Architecture Business Historic Firsts History Link
1861 In Southwestern Missouri, the Battle of Carthage Is the First Large-Scale Engagement of the Civil War Carthage, Missouri Battle of  Carthage Historic Firsts History Channel
1864 President Lincoln Suspends Writ of Habeas Corpus and Establishes Martial Law in Kentucky Kentucky President Abraham Lincoln writ of habeas corpus American Civil War Lincoln Logs
Union Cavalry Burn All Mills and Industrial Buildings in Roswell, Georgia Roswell, Georgia Burning of Roswell University of Georgia
1865 Four Confederate Sympathizers Are Sentenced to Death for Giving Aid to John Wilkes Booth, Assassin of President Lincoln Assassination of President Lincoln Crime Law Capital Punishment History Channel
1869 The Yukon Is the First Steamboat to Enter the Yukon River Alaska Steamboats Yukon River Historic Firsts Alaska Historical Society
1876 The First Railroad Train Arrives in Fairmont, Minnesota Fairmont, Minnesota Railroad Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Malvern, Arkansas Is Incorporated Malvern, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1897 De Queen, Arkansas Is Incorporated De Queen, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1908 America's First Father's Day Is Observed in Fairmont, West Virginia Fairmont, West Virginia Father's Day Historic Firsts West Virginia State Archive
1913 13-Week Strike Ends in Failure in Hopedale, Massachusetts Hopedale, Massachusetts Labor Strikes Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1914 Germany Pledges Unconditional Support for Whatever Action Austria-Hungary May Choose to Take in Its Conflict with Serbia Serbia Austria Hungary Germany World War I History Channel
1928 Minnesota National Forest Is Renamed the Chippewa National Forest Minnesota Parks and Landmarks Trees Chippewa National Forest Minnesota Historical Society
1935 President Roosevelt Signs the National Labor Relations Act Granting Workers the Right to Strike and to Unionize President Franklin Roosevelt Great Depression Labor Law and legal Resources History Channel
1940 Great Britain Breaks Diplomatic Relations with France's Vichy Government Great Britain France World War II New York Times
Congress Passes the Export Control Act to Restrain the Shipment of Materials to Japan That Could be Used to Prepare for War Against the U.S. Japan U.S. Congress International Trade World War II History Channel
1945 U.S. General Douglas MacArthur Announces the Philippines Have Been Liberated from Japanese Occupation Republic of the Philippines Japan World War II Asian History
1948 Great Britain's National Health Service Act Goes into Effect, Providing Government-financed Medical and Dental Care Great Britain Health Care Economics New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 19-year-old Private Kenneth Shadrick from Skin Fork, West Virginia, Is First American Reported Killed in the Korean War West Virginia Korean War Historic Firsts Death History Channel
1959 President Sukarno Shuts Down Indonesia's Assembly Indonesian Political and Social Leader Asian History
1966 On a 49-1 Vote, America's Governors Express Their Support for U.S. Military Defense of South Vietnam Vietnam War Votes History Channel
New York City Subway Fares Increase From 15 to 20 per Ride New York City New York City Subway Consumer Economics New York Historical Society
1977 Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Is Overthrown by the Military Pakistan Political and Social Leader Asian History
1978 A Tornado Levels 1/3 of Gary, Minnesota, Also Destroying Buildings in Fosston and Clearbrook Gary, Minnesota Tornado Economics Minnesota Historical Society