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Military Leaders
1747 John Paul Jones (Scottish-born American Revolutionary War Naval Hero) John Paul Jones Naval Military History American Revolution
Political and Social Leaders
1832 Maximilian (Austrian Archduke, Emperor of Mexico: 1864-7) Austrian Political and Social Leaders Mexican Political and Social Leaders
1885 Doyle Elam Carlton (25th Governor of Florida: 1929-1933) Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1946 George W. Bush (Connecticut-born 43rd President of the United States) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders George W. Bush The American Presidency Terrorism Iraq War Middle East History
Performing Artists
1926 Weepin' Willie Robinson (Georgia-born African-American Blues Musician) Georgia Performing Artists Jazz & Blues African-American Performing Artists ABC Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1535 Sir Thomas More (English Theologian, Philosopher Executed for Treason) English Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Philosophy Capital Punishment New York Times
1878 John Hunter Herndon (Kentucky-born Texas Rancher, Planter, Real Estate Investor) Kentucky Business Leaders Texas Business Leaders American Business Leaders Texas State Historical Association
1886 Paul H. Hayne (South Carolina-born "Poet Laureate of the South") South Carolina Authors Poetry Georgia Historical Society
1944 Georges Mandel (French Political Leader, Outspoken Opponent of Nazi Occupation Executed Outside of Paris) French Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany World War II Death History Channel
1957 Lulu Belle Madison White (Texas-born African-American Educator, Civil Rights Activist) Texas Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historical Association
1971 Louis Armstrong (New Orleans-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Louis Armstrong Jazz African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1998 Roy Rogers (Ohio-born Singing Cowboy, Actor) Roy Rogers Actors Film Television Internet Movie Database
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Historic Events of the 1400s that Occurred on this Date
1483 England's King Richard III Is Crowned English Political and Social Leaders Richard III New York Times
Historic Events of the 1500s that Occurred on this Date
1535 English Theologian-Philosopher, Sir Thomas More, Is Executed for Treason English Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders Philosophy Capital Punishment Death New York Times
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 Spanish Governor Manuel de Montiano's Invasion Force Occupies Georgia's Fort St. Simons Spain St. Simon's, Georgia Colonial Georgia Forts University of Georgia
1777 In New York, British Forces Capture Fort Ticonderoga Great Britain New York Fort Ticonderoga American Revolution New York Times
1788 English Fur Trader John Meares Names the Northern Side of the Entrance to the Columbia River, Cape Disappointment English Explorers North American Explorers Cape Disappointment History Link
Bishop Francis Asbury Preaches to a Large Congregation at Rehoboth Church in Present-Day Monroe County, West Virginia English Political and Social Leaders Monroe County, West Virginia Theologians West Virginia State Archives
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1849 Mexican and American Commissioners Meet to Determine the Boundary between California and Mexico Mexico California Learn California
1852 In Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln Eulogizes Henry Clay Springfield, Illinois Henry Clay Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1854 About 1,500 Persons Opposed to Slavery and the Kansas-Nebraska Act Form the Republican Party Near Jackson, Michigan Jackson, Michigan Slavery Kansas-Nebraska Act Republican Party State of Michigan
1861 The Order of the Sons of Hermann of Texas Is Founded in San Antonio San Antonio, Texas Community Order of the Sons of Hermann of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1863 U.S.S. DeSoto Captures the Blockade Runner, Lady Maria, Off the Coast of Clearwater, Florida Clearwater, Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Confederate General Jubal Early's Troops Cross the Potomac River and Capture Hagerstown, Maryland Hagerstown, Maryland Hagerstown, Maryland History Channel
Union Forces Continue Burning Mills and Factories in Roswell, Georgia, Including a Mill Flying a French Flag Roswell, Georgia Burning of Roswell University of Georgia
1876 Star City, Arkansas Is Incorporated Star City, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
In Florida, The Gainesville Sun Is First Published as a Weekly Newspaper Called The Gainesville Times Gainesville, Florida Journalism Historic Firsts Gainesville Sun Florida Historical Society
1883 Mule Cars Begin Carrying Passengers on Superior Street in Duluth, Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1909 The Columbus, Ohio Board of Education Establishes Indianola Junior High School, the First Junior High School in the United States Columbus, Ohio Education Historic Firsts Ohio Historical Society
1913 A Tornado Destroys 9 Buildings in Waycross, Georgia, But No One Is Injured Waycross, Georgia Tornado Georgia Historical Society
1917 Arab Forces Led by T.E. Lawrence Capture the Port of Aqaba from the Turks Turkey British Military Figures World War I Middle East History New York Times
1918 Czech Troops Capture the Russian Port of Vladivostok Russia Czech Republic World War I History Channel
1921 A Fire Destroys the Chilkat Oil Company Plant in Alaska Alaska Fire Business Alaska Historical Society
1923 The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Is Formed Soviet Union The Cold War New York Times
The Dr Pepper Company Is Incorporated in Dallas, Texas Dallas, Texas BusinesS Dr. Pepper Texas State Historical Association
1934 500 Striking Employees Overpower Police to Attack Replacement Employees Entering the Horlick Malted Milk Corporation in Racine, Wisconsin Racine, Wisconsin Striking Employees Foods and Nutrition Wisconsin Historical Society
1944 Georges Mandel, French Political Leader and Outspoken Opponent of Nazi Occupation, Is Executed Outside of Paris French Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany World War II Death History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1955 South Vietnamese Announce They Are Not Bound by the 1954 Treaty Signed Between the French and Ho Chi Minh Ho Chi Minh Vietnam War History Channel
1956 Althea Gibson Is the First African American to Win a Championship at Wimbledon England Althea Gibson International Tennis Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1963 New York Times Reports President Kennedy Is Seeking a "Peaceful Coexistence" with the Soviet Union Soviet Union President John F. Kennedy New York Times The Cold War History Channel
1964 Captain Roger C. Donlon Earns the First Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Historic Firsts History Channel
1972 Tanaka Kakuei Becomes Japanese Prime Minister Japanese Political and Social Leaders Asian History
1974 A Prairie Home Companion Radio Show Makes Its First Live Broadcast from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Radio Historic Firsts A Prairie Home Companion Macalester College Minnesota Historical Society
1986 Bob Horner of the Atlanta Braves Hits 4 Home Runs in a Single Game and the Braves Still Lose Atlanta Georgia Baseball Georgia Historical Society
1994 Forrest Gump, Winner of 6 Academy Awards, Including "Best Picture," Is Released Nationally in the U.S. Film Academy Awards Internet Movie Database
1998 Protestants Riot in Northern Ireland after British Authorities Block an Orange Order March in Portadown Northern Ireland Great Britain Religion New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2001 Former FBI Agent Robert Hanssen Pleads Guilty to 15 Counts of Spying for Moscow Russia The Cold War FBI Crime Law and Legal Resources New York Times