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1781 Thomas Adams Smith (Virginia-born General; Namesake of Fort Smith, Arkansas) Virginia Military Figures Fort Smith, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
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1892 Alfred Lunt (Wisconsin-born Stage 4-time Tony Award-Winning Actor, Producer) Wisconsin Performing Artists American Performing Artists 4-time Tony Award-Winning Actor, Producer Internet Broadway Database Wisconsin Historical Society
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1971 Pete Sampras (District of Columbia-born Member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame) Pete Sampras International Tennis Hall of Fame
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1928 Leoš Janácek (Czech Composer) Leoš Janácek Classical Composers
1992 John Cage (Los Angeles-born Composer) John Cage American Composers
1995 Edgar Bryan Kincaid, Jr. (Texas-born Ornithologist) Texas Scientists & Mathematicians Birds Texas State Historical Association
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1810 Shawnee Chief Tecumseh and 400 Armed Warriors Appear in Vincennes, Indiana to Lay Out Grievances to Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison Vincennes, Indiana William Henry Harrison Chief Tecumseh Indiana Historical Society
1822 Florida's 3rd & 4th Counties, Jackson and Duval, Are Created Florida Counties Florida Historical Society
1840 Texas Volunteers Catch and Soundly Defeat Raiding Comanches on Plum Creek Texas Comanches War Texas State Historical Association
1845 The Opera "Alzira," by Italian Composer Giuseppe Verdi, Premieres in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo Giuseppe Verdi Composers Opera Historical Firsts American Public Media
In Bonn, Germany, a Concert to Honor Beethoven Is Attended by Franz Liszt, Hector Berlioz, Queen Victoria of England, and the King and Queen of Prussia Germany Ludwig Beethoven Composers American Public Media
1852 White Residents Celebrate the Opening of Oyster Season on Delaware's Bowers Beach - African-Americans Will Celebrate Two Days Later Delaware Racism African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1858 The Sisters of St. Agnes Is Founded in Barton, Wisconsin Barton, Wisconsin Catholicism Sisters of St. Agnes Wisconsin Historical Society
1862 City Provost Marshal G.W. Lee Prohibits Local Hotels and Boarding Houses from Lodging Persons Without a Permit to be in Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia American Civil War Georgia Historical Society
The Federal Steamer, R.R. Cuyler, Arrives at Key West to Begin Its Tour of Duty with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1863 Michigan's Adjutant General Authorizes Organization of the First Michigan Colored Infantry Regiment Michigan American Civil War African-American Heritage Michigan History Center
1864 In Florida, Confederate Cavalry Attack a Detachment of the 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry, Killing 1, Capturing 4 Florida American Civil War Prisoners of War Death African-American Military Figures Florida Historical Society
The Confederate Ship Tallahassee Captures 6 Vessels Off the Coast of New York New York Naval Military History American Civil War New York Historical Society
Confederate Commander Hood Forbids Confederate Soldiers From Seizing or Destroying Horses or Other Property from Private Citizens American Civil War Crime Law Georgia Historical Society
1865 10,000 People Greet General Grant's Arrival in Detroit, Michigan Detroit, Michigan Ulysses S. Grant American Civil War Michigan History Center
1869 Former U.S. Secretary of State, William H. Seward, Delivers an Address to an Overflow Crowd at the Lutheran Church in Sitka, Alaska Sitka, Alaska William H. Seward Alaska Historical Society
1898 The 110-day Spanish-American War Officially Ends as President McKinley Signs the Peace Protocol and Orders a Cessation of Hostilities Spain President William McKinley Spanish-American War Florida Historical Society Ohio Historical Society
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1905 Grace United Methodist Church in Millsboro, Delaware Is Destroyed by Fire Millsboro, Delaware Religion Fire State of Delaware
The First Auto and Motorcycle Races in the Northwest U.S. Are Held Near Georgetown, Washington Georgetown, Washington Auto Racing Historical Firsts History Link
1909 Georgia's General Assembly Requests a $5M Prize from the U.S. Congress for the First Person to Eliminate the Boll Weevil Georgia Business U.S. Congress Boll Weevil Business Georgia Historical Society
1910 Georgia Law Makes It Illegal to Carry a Pistol or Revolver Without a License Georgia Government Gun Control Law Georgia Historical Society
1918 The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Arkansas Infantry Arrive in France France Arkansas Military Figures World War I Arkansas History Commission
1922 A Concert of the New York Philharmonic Is First Broadcast Live by New York Radio Station WJZ New York City The New York Philharmonic Radio Historical Firsts American Public Media
1937 President Franklin Roosevelt Appoints Alabama Senator Hugo Black to the U.S. Supreme Court Alabama Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress President Franklin Roosevelt U.S. Supreme Court Alabama State Archives
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1955 A Mild Earthquake Causes Moderate Damages to Buildings in Santa Fe, New Mexico Santa Fe, New Mexico Earthquake New Mexico Magazine
1959 An Earthquake Centered in Huntsville, Alabama Is Felt over a 25-mile Radius, but Causes Minor Damage Huntsville, Alabama Earthquake Alabama State Archives
1962 Two Albany, Georgia Churches Allow African-Americans to Attend Services for the First Time Albany, Georgia Racism Religion Historic Firsts African-American Heritage Georgia Historical Society
1965 President Lyndon Johnson Establishes the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa West Branch, Iowa Herbert Hoover National Historic Site President Lyndon Johnson Herbert Hoover National Historic Site State Historical Society of Iowa
1968 The Federal Bribery Trial of Former West Virginia Governor William Wallace Barron Begins in Charleston Charleston, West Virginia Crime Law West Virginia State Archive
1977 The First Space Shuttle, Enterprise, Is Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida for Its First Free-Flight Cape Canaveral, Florida Space Exploration Historic Firsts NASA Florida Historical Society
1981 The IBM Personal Computer Is Announced at a Press Conference in New York's City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel New York City History of Technology IBM
1983 In Texas, a Sinkhole 250' Wide and 25' Deep Forms Suddenly over the Crest of the Boling Dome, Collapsing a Roadway Wharton County, Texas Earth & Environmental Science Geology Texas State Historical Association
1984 Harmon Killebrew Is the First Minnesota Twin Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Minnesota Sports Figures Idaho Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Historical Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
1996 The Republican National Convention Opens in San Diego, California San Diego, California The American Presidency Politics Republican National Party LearnCalifornia
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