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Authors, Poets and Journalists
1910 Josefina Niggli (Mexican Author) Josefina Niggli Latin-American Authors
1934 Wole Soyinka (Nigerian Novelist; 1986 Nobel Laureate for Literature) Nigerian Authors 1986 Nobel Laureate for Literature
Military Leaders
1729 John Parker (Massachusetts-born Leader of the Minutemen) Massachusetts Military Figures American Revolution Library of Congress
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1863 John Stevens Bowen (Georgia-born Confederate General - Dysentery) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
1890 John C. Fremont (Georgia-born Military Officer, Explorer, Politician) John C. Fremont American Military Figures American Explorers, Pioneers American Presidential Elections Georgia Historical Society
1951 Arnold Schoenberg (Austrian Composer) Austrian Composers Composers
1956 Carmelo Antonio Tranchese (Italian-American Jesuit Priest Known as "El Padrecito"; Texas Hispanic Rights Advocate) Italian Political and Social Leaders Texas Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Human Rights/Civil Rights Labor Housing Latin-American heritage Texas State Historical Association
1965 Cleveland Bailey (West Virginia Member of the U.S. Congress) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress West Virgnia State Archive
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Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1787 Congress Enacts the Northwest Ordinance, Structuring Settlement of the Northwest Territory and the Addition of New States U.S. Congress Laws and Legal Resources Northwest Ordinance History Channel State of Michigan Minnesota Historical Society Ohio Historical Society Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1832 Ozawindib (Yellow Head), an Ojibwe Guide, Shows Henry Rowe Schoolcraft That Lake Itasca is the Source of the Mississippi River Minnesota Ojibwe Mississippi River Minnesota Historical Society
1846 Fire Nearly Destroys Nantucket, Massachusetts Nantucket, Massachusetts Fire Economics Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1854 The Sacramento County Courthouse, Temporary Home of the California Legislature, Burns as a Fire Sweeps the City  Sacramento Countym California Fire Learn California
1861 General George McClellan's Union Forces Rout the Confederates at Corrick's Ford in Western Virginia Virginia West Virginia Corrick's Ford History Channel
1863 Anger over the Union Draft Triggers Four Days of Protests and Riots in New York City New York City American Civil War History Channel African American Registry
President Lincoln Writes a Letter of Thanks to General Grant President Abraham Lincoln Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1864 Confederate General Braxton Bragg Arrives in Atlanta, Georgia to Determine If the City Can Be Defended Against Sherman's Union Army Atlanta, Georgia American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
1865 President Andrew Johnson Appoints a Provisional Governor for Florida with Directions to Write a New Constitution for the State Florida Government President Andrew Johnson Florida Constitution Reconstruction Florida Historical Society
Georgia's Provisional Governor James Johnson Issues a Proclamation Abolishing Slavery and Calling for a Constitutional Convention Georgia Government Slavery Reconstruction University of Georgia
In His New York Daily Tribune Editorial, Horace Greeley Urges Civil War Veterans to "Go West, Young Man!" New York Media Horace Greeley Journalism Reconstruction Westward Expansion New York Historical Society
1868 The Alabama Legislature Ratifies the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Meeting One Requirement for Readmission to the Union Alabama Legislature 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Reconstruction Alabama State Archives
Oscar Dunn, a Former Slave, Is Installed as Lt. Governor of Louisiana Louisiana Government Slavery Reconstruction Louisiana Secretary of State
1881 Faribault, Minnesota Begins Requiring Dog Licenses Faribault, Minnesota Dogs Taxes Law Minnesota Historical Society
1887 Present Day Titusville, Florida Is Incorporated as the City of Sand Point Titusville, Florida Florida Historical Society
1890 The Steamer Sea Wing Capsizes During a Storm on Minnesota's Lake Pepin, Killing 98 People Lake Pepin, Minnesota Steamboats Death Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 The Texas State Government Offers a $50,000 Prize for Discovery of a Way to Rid the State of the Boll Weevil Texas Business Farm Boll Weevil Economics Texas State Historical Association
1914 Findings Presented to Austria's Foreign Minister Indicate Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Was Not a Serbian Plot Austria Serbia World War I History Channel
1917 A Fire Destroys 6 Buildings within an Hour in Downtown Quincy, Washington Quincy, Washington Fire Business History Link
1921 Scott C. Bone Takes Office as the 10th Governor of Alaska Alaska Political and Social Leaders Alaska Historical Society
1936 Temperature Reaches 114F in the Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin Dells Temperature Wisconsin Historical Society
1943 Russians Defeat the Nazis at Kursk and Halt the German Advance into Russia Russia Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
1944 Russians Go on the Offensive Against the Nazi Army Russia Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
1948 Democratic Party Platform Defends Roosevelt-Truman Foreign Policies President Franklin Roosevelt President Harry Truman Democratic Party Vietnam War History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1960 In Los Angeles, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts Is Nominated for the Presidency by the Democratic Party Convention President John F. Kennedy American Presidency Democratic Party History Channel
1968 Governor Nelson Rockefeller of New York, a Republican Presidential Candidate, Reveals a Four-Stage Peace Plan New York Political and Social Leaders Politics Vietnam War History Channel
1969 Former Alabama Governor George Wallace Criticizes President Richard Nixon's Handling of the Vietnam War George Wallace President Richard Nixon Vietnam War History Channel
1971 Rhonda Spence Is the First Florida Resident Under 21 to Cast a Ballot, When She Votes in a DeFuniak Springs City Election DeFuniak Springs, Florida Voting Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1972 South Dakota's George McGovern Is Nominated for President at the Democratic National Convention in Miami, Florida George McGovern 1972 Democratic National Convention Democratic National Party Florida Historical Society
1975 8.5" of Rain Falls on Dover, Delaware, Ruining 75% of the Vegetable Crop Dover, Delaware Storms Farming & Agriculture State of Delaware
1985 President Reagan Is First to Invoke the Constitution's Presidential Disability Clause Transferring Power Temporarily to Vice President Bush President Ronald Reagan President George H.W. Bush The American Presidency 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Historic Firsts New York Times
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2000 U.S. and Vietnam Sign Trade Agreement Vietnam International Trade Asian History