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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1889 Don Herold (Indiana-born Humorist, Author) Indiana Authors
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1915 David Diamond (New York-born Composer) New York Composers American Composers
Political and Social Leaders
1793 Charles J. McDonald (South Carolina-born Governor of Georgia: 1839-1843) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1835 William J. Northen (Governor of Georgia: 1890-1894) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
William Dunningham Bloxham (13th & 17th Governor of Florida: 1881-1885 & 1897-1901) Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1840 William Freeman Vilas (Vermont-born U.S. Senator From Wisconsin) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1876 Charles Brough (Mississippi-born 25th Governor of Arkansas: 1917-1921) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Encyclopedia of History and Culture Arkansas History Commission
1929 Hassan II (Ruler of Morocco: 1961-1999) Moroccan Political and Social Leaders New York Times
Performing Artists
1929 Lee Hazelwood (Oklahoma-born Performing Artist, Composer, Songwriter) Lee Hazelwood Popular Musicians American Composers and Songwriters
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1850 Zachary Taylor (Virginia-born 12th President of the United States) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Zachary Taylor American Presidents
1974 Earl Warren (California-born Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court) Earl Warren U.S. Supreme Court
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Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1716 In East Texas, the Spanish Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe de los Nacogdoches Mission Is Founded in a Village of the Nacogdoches Indians Spain Nacodoches, Texas Native American Heritage Religion Texas State Historical Association
1755 900 Indians Join a Few Hundred French Soldiers to Defeat a 3,000 British Soldiers East of Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Native American Heritage French and Indian War State of Michigan Wisconsin Historical Society
1776 George Washington Orders That the Declaration of Independence Be Read to U.S. Troops Stationed in New York City New York City George Washington Declaration of Independence American Revolution New York Historical Society
A Mob in New York City Pulls Down a Statue of England's King George III English Political and Social Leaders New York City King George III American Revolution New York Historical Society
1777 New York Elects Brigadier General George Clinton as the Its First Governor New York Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts History Channel
1793 Vermont Completed Revisions on the First Constitution in the United States to Prohibit Slavery Vermont Constitution Historic U.S. Documents Slavery Historic Firsts Library of Congress
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1811 Canadian Explorer David Thompson Erects a Pole at the Junction of the Snake and Columbia Rivers, Claiming All Surrounding Country for Great Britain Canadian Explorers Great Britain Washington North American Explorers Columbia River History Link
1816 Argentina Declares Independence from Spain Argentina Spain New York Times
1823 Major Stephen H. Long Leaves Fort St. Anthony (Ft. Snelling) to Explore the Minnesota River and the Red River Minnesota North American Explorers Fort Snelling Rivers Minnesota Historical Scoeity
1835 In Minnesota, Dr. Thomas S. Williamson and Alexander Huggins Establish the Lac qui Parle Mission to the Dakota Minnesota Lac qui Parle Mission Dakota Minnesota Historical Scoeity
1839 Mirabeau B. Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas, Writes Letter of Regret to Colita, Chief of the Coushatta Indians Republic of Texas Coushatta Indians Texas State Historical Association
1846 U.S. Troops Go Ashore and Claim the California Settlement of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) Mexico San Francisco History Channel
The U.S. Flag Replaces the Bear Flag over California's Sonoma Barracks Sonoma County, California U.S. Flag Learn California
1850 President Zachary Taylor Dies After Only 15 Months in Office Zachary Taylor American Presidents Death History Channel
1863 3 Home Guard Defenders Die Before Surrendering Corydon, Indiana to Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and His Raiders Corydon, Indiana John Hunt Morgan American Civil War Death Indiana Historical Scciety
1864 Confederate Attack at Monocacy, Maryland Opens the Road to Washington, D.C. Maryland Washington, D.C. Battle of Monocacy History Channel
1888 Lake Helen, Florida Is Incorporated Lake Helen, Florida Florida Historical Society
1896 William Jennings Bryan Delivers His "Cross of Gold" Speech at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois William Jennings Bryan American Presidency Democratic Party Historic U.S. Documents Gold Silver New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1902 The National Afro-American Council, a Precursor to the NAACP, Meets in the Minnesota State Capitol to Discuss Improving African-American Life Nationwide Minnesota African-American Heritage NAACP Minnesota Historical Scoeity
1915 Germans Surrender Southwest Africa to the Union of South Africa Africa Germany South  Africa World War I History Channel
1941 British Cryptologists Break the Enigma Secret Code Used by Germany to Direct Ground-to-Air Operations on the Eastern Front Great Britain Germany Puzzles World War II History Channel
1942 In Becket, Massachusetts, the Ted Shawn Theater Opens as the First American Theater Dedicated Exclusively to Dance Becket, Massachusetts Dance Historic Firsts Ted Shawn Theater Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
An Explosion at the Pursglove #2 Mine in Monongalia County, West Virginia Kills 21 Coal Miners Monongalia County, West Virginia Labor Death West State Archives
1948 Ground Is Broken for the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bonham, Texas Bonham, Texas Health Care World War II Texas State Historical Association
1949 Washington Governor Arthur Langlie Dedicates the New Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Terminal Washington Aviation Seattle-Tacoma International Airport History Link
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 President Harry Truman Asks Congress to Formally End the U.S. State of War with Germany Germany U.S. Congress President Harry Truman World War II New York Times
The Washington State Highway Commission Holds Its First Meeting Washington Transportation Historic Firsts History Link
1953 Mount Spurr Erupts Northwest of Anchorage and Coats the City with Volcanic Ash Anchorage, Alaska Volcanoes Alaska Historical Society
1957 The City of St. Petersburg Beach, Florida Is Created St. Petersburg Beach, Florida Florida Historical Society
1966 Soviets Protest U.S. Bombing of Haiphong Soviet Union Aviation Military History Vietnam War Cold War History Channel
1969 The Tanker Regent Liverpool Runs into One of the Tower Piers of the Delaware Memorial Bridge Causing $1M in Damages Delaware Rivers Naval History Economics State of Delaware
1971 U.S. Troops Turn Over Responsibility for the Demilitarized Zone to the South Vietnamese Vietnam War History Channel
1990 Ohio State University's Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute Accepts Its First Patient Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute Cancer Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute Ohio Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2002 President George Bush Awards Hall-of-Fame Baseball Player Hank Aaron the Presidential Medal of Honor Hank Aaron President George Bush Baseball Hall of Fame Georgia Historical Society
2011 South Sudan Becomes an Independent Nation South Sudan BBC