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Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1882 Percy Aldrich Grainger (Australian-American Composer, Pianist) Australian Composer Composers
1900 George Antheil (New Jersey-born Composer) New Jersey Composers American Composers
Political and Social Leaders
1942 Phil Gramm (Georgia-born U.S. Senator From Texas) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Texas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Georgia Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1994 Kim Il Sung (North Korean Communist Dictator) Korean Political and Social Leaders Cold War History Channel
1951 William Thomas Cash (First State Librarian for Florida) Florida Political and Social Leaders Libraries Florida State Library Florida Historical Scciety
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Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1663 King Charles II of England Grants a Charter to Rhode Island English Political and Social Leaders King Charles II Rhode Island Colonial Rhode Island New York Times
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1721 Creek Chiefs Sign "Articles of Friendship and Commerce Agreement" with South Carolina's Governor in Charles Town. Charleston, South Carolina Creek Indians Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1776 The Liberty Bell Rings Out from the Tower of Independence Hall Summoning Citizens to the First Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Declaration of Independence Historic Firsts History Channel
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1817 The Cherokee Agree to a Treaty Ceding Tribal Lands in Tennessee and Georgia in Exchange for Land in Northwestern Arkansas Georgia Tennessee Arkansas Cheokee Indians Cherokee Treaty of 1817 Arkansas History Commission
1848 Company C, Florida Volunteer Battalion, Is Mustered Out of Service Following the Mexican-American War Florida Military Figures Mexican-American War Florida Historical Scciety
1850 On Michigan's Beaver Island, James Strang Is Crowned as King James by His Mormon Followers Beaver Island, Michigan Mormon Church Michigan Historical Center Wisconsin Historical Society
1853 Commodore Matthew Perry Sails into Tokyo Bay to Force Japan into Trade Agreements Japan President Millard Fillmore International Trade History Channel
1856 200 Women Rampage through Rockport, Massachusetts, Destroying Every Container of Alcohol They Can Find Rockport, Massachusetts Women Substance Abuse Massachusetts Foudation for the Humanities
1858 John L. Whitetaker Is Elected and Inaugurated Oregon State Governor, While George L. Curry Is Still in Office as Provisional Governor Oregon Political and Social Leaders Elections
1860 Mysterious Fires Ignite Fears of Slave Revolt in North Texas, Panicking Whites and Leading to Dozens of Slave Deaths Texas Slavery Fire African-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1861 President Lincoln Receives Letter Jefferson Davis Concerning Capture of the Confederate Ship Savannah and Treatment of Its Crew President Abraham Lincoln Naval Military History American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1862 The Delaware State Association for Sick and Wounded Soldiers Is Organized Delaware Health Care American Civil War State of Delaware
1863 In Louisiana, Union Troops Capture the Port Hudson Stronghold on the Mississippi River Louisiana Mississippi River Port Hudson History Channel
Two U.S. Navy Cutters, the Restless and the Rosalie, Capture the Schooner Ann and a Second Sloop in Horse Creek, Florida Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Scciety
Confederate General John Hunt Morgan Commandeers Steamboats to Cross the Ohio River and Initiate Raids in Southern Indiana John Hunt Morgan Indiana Ohio River Naval Military History American Civil War Indiana Historical Scciety Ohio Historical Scciety
1864 President Lincoln Does Not Sign the Wade-Davis Bill, but Issues Proclamation About Reconstruction President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Reconstruction Lincoln Logs
In Georgia, Sherman's Troops Catch the Confederates by Surprise, Crossing the Chattahoochee River between Powers Ferry and Johnston's Ferry Georgia Sherman's March Georgia Historical Society
1881 The First Ice Cream Sundae Is Created by Ed Berners of Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Who Serves Them Only on Sundays Two Rivers, Wisconsin Ice Cream Historic Firsts Two Rivers Economic Development Wisconsin Historical Society
1886 The West Virginia Bar Association Is Organized in Grafton Grafton, West Virginia Law West Virginia State Bar West Virginia State Archive
1889 The Federal Government Agrees to Allot 2,905,000 Acres to Red Lake Ojibwe in Common, Protecting It from Piecemeal Sale Red Lake, Minnesota U.S. Government Ojibwe Minnesota Historical Society
1891 Warren G. Harding Marries a Divorcee Named Florence Mabel Kling DeWolfe in Marion, Ohio Marion, Ohio Warren G. Harding History Channel
Buena Vista College Is Dedicated in Storm Lake, Iowa Storm Lake, Iowa Education Buena Vista University State Historical Society of Iowa
1897 Marked Tree, Arkansas Is Incorporated Marked Tree, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 The State of California Purchases a Victorian Mansion to be Used as the Residence for 13 Governors over 64 Years California Government California State Parks (pdf) LearnCalifornia
1918 18-year-old Ambulance Driver, Ernest Hemingway, Is Injured by a Mortar Shell on the Italian Front Italy Ernest Hemingway American Authors World War I History Channel
1920 The Georgia Constitution Is Amended to Create Seminole County Seminole County, Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1921 The Minnesota Cooperative Creameries Association, Now Known as Land O'Lakes, Is Incorporated Minnesota Business Foods Business Land O'Lakes
1924 WNYC Radio Begins Broadcasting in New York City New York City Media Radio Historic Firsts WNYC National Public Radio New York Historical Society
1932 The U.S. Stock Market Hits Its Lowest Point During the Great Depression The Great Depression Markets and Investments Library of Congress
1934 Admiral Okada Keisuke Takes Over As Prime Minister of Japan Japanese Political and Social Leaders Asian History
1937 Radio Telephone Service Is Inaugurated between Juneau, Alaska and Seattle, Washington Juneau, Alaska Seattle, Washington Telephone Radio Alaska Historical Society
1939 Duluth, Minnesota Replaces Its Last Streetcars with Trolley Buses Duluth, Minnesota Transportation Minnesota Historical Society
1947 Prototype Boeing 377 Stratocruiser Makes Its Maiden Flight Washington Aviation Historic Firsts Boeing HistoryLink
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 President Truman Appoints General Douglas MacArthur Head of the United Nations Command in Korea United Nations Douglas MacArthur President Harry Truman Korean War History Channel New York Times
1954 U.S.-backed Carlos Castillo Armas Is Elected President of Guatemala Completing Ouster of pro-Communism President Jacobo Arbenz Guzman Guatemala Government Cold War History Channel
1955 The University of Texas Board of Regents Opens Texas Western College (University of Texas at El Paso) to African-American Students El Paso, Texas Education Racism African-American Heritage University of Texas at El Paso Texas State Historical Association
1959 Two Soldiers Are the First Americans Killed in Vietnam Vietnam Vietnam War Death Historic Firsts History Channel
1960 A Soviet Court Charges CIA U-2 Pilot Gary Powers with Espionage Soviet Union Gary Francis Power U-2 Incident CIA Law & Legal Resources Cold War History Channel
1965 Maxwell Taylor Resigns His Post as U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Vietnam U.S. Government History Channel
1986 Kurt Waldheim Is Inaugurated as President of Austria Kurt Waldheim New York Times
1995 Chinese-American Human Rights Activist Harry Wu Is Charged in China with Obtaining State Secrets China Asian-American Political and Social Leaders New York Times