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Military Leaders
1833 Lucius Polk (North Carolina-born Confederate General) North Carolina Military Figures American Civil War Arkansas History Commission
1923 John H. Bradley (Wisconsin-born Marine Who Helped Raise the American Flag on the Island of Iwo Jima) Wisconsin Military Figures Iwo Jima War Memorial World War II U.S. Marine Corps Wisconsin Historical Society
Philosopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1875 Mary McLeod Bethune (Florida-born African-American Educator; Founder of Bethune-Cookman College) Mary McLeod Bethune Educators of Note African-American Political and Social Leaders Bethune-Cookman College Florida Historical Society
Political and Social Leaders
1921 Eunice Shriver (Massachusetts-born Sister of John F. Kennedy, Founder of the Special Olympics) Massachusetts President John F. Kennedy Special Olympics Special Needs Education Community Service Organizations
Sports Figures
1943 Arthur Ashe (Virginia-born African-American Member of the Tennis Hall of Fame) Arthur Ashe Tennis Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1820 William Wyatt Bibb (Virginia-born First Governor of Alabama) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Alabama Political and Social Leaders Alabama State Archives
1875 Henry L. Benning (Georgia-born Confederate General; Namesake of Fort Benning, Georgia) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War Fort Benning, Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1892 Spessard Lindsay Holland (28th Governor of Florida) Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1941 Jelly Roll Morton (Louisiana-born African-American Jazz Pianist, Composer) Jelly Roll Morton Jazz American Composers & Songwriters African-American Composers & Songwriters
1964 Henry John Steinbomer (Texas-born Architect, Preservationist) Texas Artists, Designers Architecture Texas State Historical Association
1989 Mel Blanc (San Francisco-born Voice for Cartoon Characters Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck) Mel Blanc Cartoons and Comics
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Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1777 Patriot Militia Capture British General Richard Prescot From His Bed in Rhode Island Great Britain Rhode Island American Revolution History Channel
1781 Delaware's Thomas McKean Is Elected President of the Continental Congress in Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Delaware Political and Social Leaders Continental Congress Elections American Revolution State of Delaware
1782 British Troops and Loyalists Begin Evacuating Savannah, Georgia as Continental Troops Take Control Great Britain Savannah, Georgia American Revolution University of Georgia
1783 Domingo Cabello y Robles, Spanish Governor of Texas, Issues an Ordinance on Cattle Branding Mexico Texas Ranching, Farming & Agriculture Law Latin-American Heritage Texas State Historical Association
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1800 Trumbull County, Ohio Is Created Trumbull County, Ohio Ohio Historical Society
1820 Stephen F. Austin Is Appointed as the First Judge of Arkansas' Pulaski Circuit Court Arkansas Virginia Political and Social Leaders Law Arkansas History Commission
1823 Major Joseph Delafield and His Party Arrive at Grand Portage, Minnesota to Run the First Survey of the Region's International Boundary Grand Portage, Minnesota Minnesota Maps Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1832 President Andrew Jackson Vetoes the Bill to Renew the Charter with the Bank of the United States U.S. Congress President Andrew Jackson Economics History Channel
In Wisconsin, General Henry Atkinson and His Troops Build Fort Koshkonong after Retreating From Their Pursuit of Sauk Leader Black Hawk Wisconsin Sauk Forts War Wisconsin Historical Society
1845 The Mexican Government Bans the Immigration of American Citizens into California Mexico California Immigration Latin-American Heritage Learn California
1850 Millard Fillmore Is Sworn In as the 13th President of the United States Millard Fillmore American Presidents
1854 In Springfield, Abolitionist Cassius Clay Speaks Outside the Illinois State House with Abraham Lincoln in Attendance Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Abolition Lincoln Logs
1858 Abraham Lincoln Delivers an anti-Slavery Speech in Chicago, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Abolition Lincoln Logs
1861 The Federal Commander of Florida's Fort Pickens Requests Reinforcements for an Anticipated Confederate Assault Florida Forts American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1862 President Abraham Lincoln Goes for a Swim in the Potomac River When His Boat Runs Aground President Abraham Lincoln Swimming Rivers Lincoln Logs
40 Men from the Hill Country of Northwest Alabama Sneak into Decatur to Join the Union Army Decatur, Alabama Political and Social Leaders American Civil War Alabama State Archives
1863 Union Troops Land on Morris Island Near Charleston, South Carolina to Attack Battery Wagner Charleston, South Carolina Forts Battery Wagner Siege History Channel
In Indiana, Morgan's Raiders Sweep North Burning Salem, Indiana's Depot, Water Tank and Bridges. Salem, Indiana John Hunt Morgan Fire American Civil War Indiana Historical Scciety
1864 President Abraham Lincoln Telegraphs General Grant About the Danger of Washington, D.C. Being Captured by Confederate Forces Washington, D.C. President Abraham Lincoln Ulyssess S. Grant Telegraph American Civil War Lincoln Logs
General Lovell H. Rousseau of the Union Army Begins His Raid through Alabama at Decatur Decatur, Alabama Rousseau's Raid Alabama State Archives
U.S.S. Roebuck Captures the Blockade-Running British Schooner, Terrapin, at Florida's Jupiter Inlet Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
After Retreating Southward Across Georgia's Chattahoochee River, Confederate Forces Burn the River's Western & Atlantic Railroad Bridge Georgia Railroads Bridges American Civil War University of Georgia
1887 The Grand Hotel Opens on Michigan's Mackinac Island Mackinac Island Business Grand Hotel Michigan History Center
1890 Wyoming Becomes the 44th State Wyoming United States New York Times
1897 Temperature Reaches 115F in Ashland, Wisconsin Ashland, Wisconsin Temperature Wisconsin Historical Society
1899 In Alaska, Fort Gibbon Military Reserve Is Established Near Tanana by Executive Order of President McKinley Tanana, Alaska President William McKinley Forts Tanana, Alaska
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1900 The State of Texas Grants a Charter to the Rosenberg Library Association of Galveston Galveston, Texas Libraries Rosenberg Library Association Texas State Historical Association
1908 William Jennings Bryan Is Nominated for President of the United States by the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado Denver, Colorado William Jennings Bryan 1908 Democratic National Convention Democratic Party State of Delaware
1910 In Washington, Stadium Bowl Opens Next to Tacoma High School Tacoma, Washington Education Football Architecture History Link
1913 Temperature Reaches 134F in California's Death Valley Death Valley, California Temperature Learn California
1917 German Chancellor Theobald von Bethmann Hollweg Resigns German Political and Social Leaders World War I History Channel
1919 President Woodrow Wilson Personally Delivers the Treaty of Versailles to the Senate and Urges Its Ratification U.S. Congress President Woodrow Wilson Treaty of Versailles World War I New York Times
1925 The Official News Agency of the Soviet Union, TASS, Is Established Soviet Union Journalism Propaganda Cold War New York Times
1926 Bobby Jones Wins the U.S. Open Golf Tournament Bobby Jones Golf Hall of Fame U.S. Open Golf Tournament Georgia Historical Society
1934 Baseball's All-Star Game Is Held at the Polo Grounds in New York City New York City Baseball Major League Baseball New York Historical Society
1940 The Battle of Britain Begins with the First of a 3-Month Series of Nazi Bombing Raids Against Great Britain Great Britain Nazi Germany Aviation Military History World War II History Channel New York Times BBC
1943 Allies Begin Their Invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with Landings on the Island of Sicily Sicily World War II History Channel BBC
1947 Hilliard, Florida Is Founded Hilliard, Florida Florida Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 Korean War Peace Talks Begin in Kaesong Korean War New York Times
1961 Mildred Gillars ("Axis Sally") Is Released After Serving 11 Years in Prison for Treason for Broadcasting Nazi Propaganda During World War II Nazi Germany Propaganda Prison World War II West Virginia State Archives
1963 The Florida State Symphony and Florida State Opera Are Created by the Florida Legislature Florida Classical Musicians Opera Florida Historical Society
1968 Dr. Benjamin Spock and Yale Chaplain William Sloane Coffin Are Sentenced to Federal Prison for Counseling Young Men to Refuse Military Service Vietnam War Human Rights/Civil Rights Crime Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1973 The Bahamas Gain Independence After Three Centuries of British Colonial Rule The Bahamas Great Britain New York Times
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev Is re-Elected as Head of the Soviet Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev Elections Cold War History Channel
1991 Boris Yeltsin Takes the Oath of Office as the First Elected President of the Russian Republic Boris Yeltsin Elections Historic Firsts Cold War New York Times
President George H.W. Bush Lifts U.S. Economic Sanctions Against South Africa South Africa President George H.W. Bush International Trade New York Times
1993 Heavy Flooding Hits Des Moines, Iowa Des Moines, Iowa Mississippi River Flooding State Historical Society of Iowa
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date