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Artists, Architects and Designers
1606 Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch Painter) Rembrandt van Rijn Artists
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1930 Eric Stokes (New Jersey-born Composer) New Jersey Composers American Composers
Political and Social Leaders
1951 Jesse Ventura (Minnesota-born Professional Wrestler, Governor of Minnesota) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Wrestling
1952 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Cuban-American Political Leader; First Latin-American Woman to Serve in the U.S. Congress) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen U.S. Congress Latin-American Political and Social Leaders
Performing Artists
1953 Alicia Bridges (North Carolina-born Singer, Songwriter) North Carolina Performing Artists American Performing Artists American Composers/Songwriters
1961 Forest Whitaker (Texas-born African-American Academy Award-Winning Actor) Texas Performing Artists American Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Academy Awards Internet Movie Database
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1854 George Washington Towns (Governor of Georgia, Namesake of Towns County, Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1862 David Emanuel Twiggs (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
1929 William T. Francis (Indiana-born African-American Attorney, Statesman, Diplomat) Indiana Political and Social Leaders President Calvin Coolidge U.S. Government Law African-American Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Historical Society
1948 John J. Pershing (Missouri-born World War I Commander in Chief of the American Expeditionary Force in Europe) John J. Pershing World War I
1957 James M. Cox (Governor of Ohio) Ohio Political and Social Leaders
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Historic Events of the 1600s that Occurred on this Date
1636 William Pynchon Receives the Deed Giving Him Title to Most of What Is Now Springfield, Massachusetts Springfield, Massachusetts Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1742 The Cuban Contingent of the Spanish Invasion Force Sails from Georgia's St. Simons Sound to Return to Cuba Cuba Spain St. Simons Island, Georgia Colonial Georgia Georgia Historical Society
1751 Don Tomas Velez Cachupin, Governor of New Mexico, Approves Land Grant Request for 12 Families in Las Trampas. Las Trampas, New Mexico New Mexico Magazine
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1830 The U.S. Government Buys a 20-mile Wide Area of Iowa to Create a "Neutral Ground" Separating Sac and Fox/Sioux Iowa U.S. Government Native-American Heritage State Historical Society of Iowa
1839 500 Texas Troops Rout 700+ Cherokees at the 2-day Battle of the Neches (Henderson County) Henderson County, Texas Cherokees War Death Texas State Historical Association
1850 In California, a Chilean Woman Is Killed When White Gold Miners Attack a Tent Community of Chilean Miners Chile California Racism Gold Rush Death Latin-American Heritage Learn California
1852 In Texas, Settlers of the Peters Colony Protest Alleged Efforts of a Land Company to Invalidate Their Claims Peters Colony Westward Expansion Texas State Historical Association
1853 Masachie Jim, a Native American, Is Lynched by Three White Men Just Outside of Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washngton Native-American Heritage Capital Punishment Death History Link
In Delaware, President Franklin Pierce and Secretary of War Jefferson Davis Speak at Wilmington's City Hall Wilmington, Delaware Jefferson Davis President Franklin Pierce State of Delaware
1855 The Cornerstone Is Laid for St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Education Catholicism St. Francis Seminary Wisconsin Historical Society
1856 Norwegian Violinist Ole Bull Performs in the Minnesota Capitol Building in St. Paul Norwegian Performing Artists St. Paul, Minnesota Classical Musicians Minnesota Historical Society
1861 Logansport, Indiana's First Daily Newspaper, the "Telegraphic Pharos," Begins Publication Logansport, Indiana Journalism Historic Firsts Indiana Historical Society
1862 The Ironclad CSS Arkansas Inflicts Significant Damage on the Union's Mississippi River Fleet Mississippi River Naval Military History American Civil War History Channel
1863 President Lincoln Proclaims Thursday, August 6 to be Observed as a Day for National Thanksgiving, Praise and Prayer Lincoln Thanksgiving Proclamations Thanksgiving Religion The Civil War Lincoln Logs
The U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba Captures the Steamer, Lizzie, Off the Coast of Florida Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Sherman's Army Begins a Crossing of Georgia's Chattahoochee River That Will Require Three Days Georgia Rivers American Civil War University of Georgia
1865 August Siemering Founds the German-Language Freie Presse für Texas in San Antonio Germany San Antonio, Texas Journalism Texas State Historical Association
1870 The U.S. Congress Approves the Readmission of Georgia to the Union Georgia U.S. Congress Reconstruction University of Georgia
1872 The Minnesota Twin Cities' First Horse-Drawn Streetcar Begins Operation Minnesota Transportation Horses Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1861 A Tornado Blows through the Minnesota Towns of New Ulm, Palmyra, Wellington and Cairo Killing 17 People Minnesota Tornado Death Minnesota Historical Society
1882 The Texas Bar Association Is Founded in Galveston Galveston, Texas Law Texas Bar Association Texas State Historical Association
1885 In Florida, Construction Begins on the 55-mile Stretch of Railroad from Tavares to Kissimmee Florida Railroad Florida Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1902 Florida Holds Its First Democratic Primary Election Florida Elections Florida Democratic Party Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1903 The City of Perry, Florida Elects Its First Town Officers Perry, Florida Elections Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1905 Joaquin Miller, Indiana-born "Poet of the Sierras" Addresses an Audience of 2,000 at the Oregon Lewis and Clark Exposition Oregon Indiana Authors Poetry Lewis & Clark
1918 The Second Battle of the Marne Begins with the Final German Offensive Germany World War I History Channel New York Times
1922 Atlanta, Georgia Opens Its First Municipal Swimming Pool for African Americans Atlanta, Georgia Racism African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Georgia Historical Society
Congregation Beth Shalom Synagogue Is Dedicated in Wilmington, Delaware Wilmington, Delaware Judaism Congregation Beth Shalom State of Delaware
1923 At Nenana, President Warren G. Harding Drives the Golden Spike Signifying the Completion of the Alaska Railroad Nenana, Alaska President Warren G. Harding Railroad Alaska Historical Society
Bobby Jones Wins His First U.S. Open Golf Championship at Inwood Country Club on Long Island, New York New York Bobby Jones Golf Hall of Fame U.S. Open Golf Tournament Georgia Historical Society
1933 Aviator Wiley Post Departs from Brooklyn, New York on the First Around-the-World Solo Flight (7 Days) New York City Texas Explosrers & Aviators Aviation Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1941 Spaniard Juan Garcia Sends His First Communiqué to the Nazis as the Fictitious British Spy "Garbo" Spanish Military Figures British Military Figures Nazi Germany World War II History Channel
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1954 Television Station WBOC-TV Begins Broadcasting in Salisbury, Maryland Salisbury, Maryland Television Historic Firsts WBOC State of Delaware
1964 Arizona Republican, Barry Goldwater, Is nominated as the Republican Candidate for President Barry Goldwater U.S. Senate President Lyndon Johnson American Presidency Republican National Party History Cahnnel
1971 President Richard Nixon Announces He Will Visit Beijing, China Before May 1972 China President Richard Nixon Vietnam War Cold War History Channel
1979 President Jimmy Carter Makes a Televised Address to the Nation About the Energy Crisis and Economic Recession President Jimmy Carter Television Economics History Channel
1995 Bosnian Serbs Force Thousands of Muslim Refugees Out of Srebrenica Bosnia Serbia BBC
1999 The Seattle Mariners Play Their First Game at Safeco Field Seattle, Washngton Baseball Major League Baseball Historic Firsts Safeco Field History Link
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2000 The Detroit Tigers Retire Willie Horton's Uniform #23 Detroit Sports Figures Baseball Major League Baseball African-American Sports Figures Michigan Historical Center