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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1915 Margaret Walker (Alabama-born African-American Poet, Novelist) Alabama Authors Poetry African-American Authors
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1860 Gustav Mahler (Austrian Composer) Gustav Mahler Composers
Military Leaders
1827 William Montague Browne (Irish-born Confederate General) Irish Military Figures American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
Performing Artists
1940 Ringo Starr (English Popular Musician; Drummer for "The Beatles") English Performing Artists Popular Musicians The Beatles Internet Movie Database
Sports Figures
1921 Ezzard Charles (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) Georgia Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Georgia Historical Society
1980 Michelle Kwan (California-born Asian-American Olympic Figure Skater) California Sports Figures Figure Skating Olympics Asian-American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1952 Walter Bingham (Iowa-born Psychologist) Iowa Scientists and Mathematicians Psychology
1967 Vivien Leigh (English Actress; Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind) Vivien Leigh Actors Gone with the Wind Internet Movie Database
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Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1742 Georgia's English Colonists Defeat Spanish Invaders at the Battle of Bloody Marsh England Spain Georgia Colonial Georgia War University of Georgia
1777 British Forces Launch a Surprise Attack on the Patriot Rear Guard at Hubbardton, Vermont Great Britain Hubbardton, Vermont American Revolution History Channel
1797 Senator William Blount of Tennessee Is the First Member of the U.S. House of Representatives to be Impeached Tennessee Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Historic Firsts History Channel
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1800 Trumbull County, Ohio Is Created Trumbull County, Ohio Ohio Historical Society
1835 President Andrew Jackson Approves a Measure to Prevent Traders and Runaway Slave Hunters from Entering Florida's Seminole Territory Florida President Andrew Jackson Seminole Indians War Florida Historical Society
1838 The U.S. Congress Reorganizes the Territorial Legislative Council of Florida into a Senate and House of Representatives Florida Government U.S. Congress Florida Historical Society
1842 Troops of the Republic of Texas Defeat a Mexican Invasion at the Battle of Lipantitlán Mexico Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Association
1845 The Detroit Daily News Begins Publication Detroit Media Journalism Michigan Historical Center
1846 Commodore John D. Sloat Lands His Troops at Monterey, Proclaiming the U.S. Annexation of California After the Surrender of a Mexican Garrison Mexico Monterey, California Mexican-American War New York Times Learn California
1849 The Minnesota Territory Is Divided into Seven "Council Districts" Minnesota Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1862 130 Gold Miners Set Out on Oxcarts from Fort Abercrombie on Minnesota's Red River for the Montana Gold Fields Minnesota Montana Gold Westward Expansion Minnesota Historical Society
1863 President Lincoln Receives Telegram from Ulysses S. Grant That Vicksburg, Mississippi Had Been Captured Vicksburg, Mississippi President Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant Telegraph Battle of Vicksburg Lincoln Logs
President Lincoln Responds to Large Crowd Accompanied by a Band Serenading the White House The White House President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1864 General Sherman Orders the Arrest of All Persons Connected with the Mills and Factories in Roswell, Georgia Roswell, Georgia Burning of Roswell University of Georgia
Disembarking From 3 Schooners and a Sloop in Florida, U.S. Troops Raid Brooksville and Bayport, Capturing Cotton and Burning a Customs House Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1865 Mary Surratt Is First Woman Executed by U.S. Federal Government Mary Surratt Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Notorious American Women Historic Firsts Capital Punishment History Channel
1891 In Texas, the U.S. Government Opens a New Port of Velasco on the Brazos River a Few Miles Upstream From the Gulf of Mexico Brazosport, Texas U.S. Government Naval History Business Texas State Historical Association
1898 The United States Annexes Hawaii Hawaii New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1914 The Georgia Constitution Is Amended to Add Two New Counties to the State: Bacon and Barrow Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1917 British Women's Auxiliary Army Corps Is Officially Established Great Britain Women World War I History Channel
1928 The Chinese Nationalist Government Terminates All Treaties with Western nations and Japan Chinese Government Asian History
The Madonna of the Trails Monument Honoring Women Pioneers of the Westward Movement Is Unveiled in Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling, West Virginia Female American Pioneers Westward Expansion West Virginia State Archives
1941 U.S. Forces Occupy Iceland Iceland World War II History Channel
1942 Nazis Begin Medical Experiments on Prisoners at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Nazi Germany The Holocaust Judaism Medical Research War Crimes World War II History Channel
1946 President Jimmy Carter Marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith Plains, Georgia Plains, Georgia President Jimmy Carter History Channel University of Georgia
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1955 China Announces Beijing Will Extend $200 Million in Economic Aid to Hanoi China Vietnam Economics History Channel
1958 President Dwight D. Eisenhower Signs the Alaska Statehood Bill Alaska President Dwight Eisenhower Alaska Historical Society
1964 General Maxwell Taylor Arrives in Saigon as the New U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
China Shoots Down a US Reconnaissance U-2 Plane Over East China China Aviation History Cold War Asian History
1969 First U.S. Troops Withdraw from South Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
1981 President Ronald Reagan Nominates Sandra Day O'Connor as the First Women to Serve on the U.S. Supreme Court Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Supreme Court President Ronald Reagan Female American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts History Channel New York Times
1983 Samantha Smith, an 11-year-old Girl from Maine, Begins a Two-Week Visit to the Soviet Union as a Guest of Soviet Leader Yuri Andropov Soviet Union Samantha Smith Cold War History Channel
1998 In Nigeria, at Least 19 People Die in Riots Following the Sudden Death of Popular Politician, Chief Moshood Abiola Nigeria Death BBC
1999 President Clinton Is First President Since Franklin D. Roosevelt to Visit an Indian Reservation (Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota) South Dakota President Bill Clinton Pine Ridge Indian Reservation New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2005 Terrorist Bombs Kill 56 and Injure 700 More in London Subways and on a Bus London, England Transportation Terrorism Death History Channel BBC