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Children's Authors & Illustrators
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1887 Edna Ferber (Michigan-born Author) Michigan Authors American American Authors Wisconsin Historical Society
1954 Stieg Larsson (Swedish Journalist, Novelist) Stieg Larsson Journalism Authors
Artists, Architects and Designers
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
Explorers, Pioneers, Aviators and Astronauts
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1772 Johannes Nepomuk Maelzel (German Inventor Credited with the Creation of the Metronome) German Scientists & Musicians Inventors and Inventions Music Time
Business Leaders
Military Leaders
Philsopher, Educators, Religious Leaders
1841 Julia Strudwick Tutwiler (Alabama-born Educator, Social Reformist) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Alabama State Archives
1869 Moina Michael (Georgia-born Educator, Social Worker Who Conceived the Idea of Selling Memorial Poppies to Fund Care for Disabled Veterans) Georgia Political and Social Leaders World War I Veterans Health Care Economics Georgia Historical Society
Political and Social Leaders
1938 Stephen Breyer (San Francisco-born Justice of the Uinited States Supreme Court) Stephen Breyer U.S. Supreme Court
The Notorious
Performing Artists
1879 Ethel Barrymore (Pennsylvania-born Stage Actress) Pennsylvania Performing Artists American Performing Artists Internet Brodway Database
Sports Figures
1945 Gene Upshaw (Texas-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame; Executive Director of the NFL Players Association) Texas Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame National Football League Labor Unions African-American Sports Figures National Football League Players Association
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1812 William Wells (Indian Agent Killed in Potawatomi Indian Attack on Fort Dearborn; Namesake of Wells County, Indiana) Wells County, Indiana Potawatomi Indians Forts
1817 Peter Early (Virginia-born Governor of Georgia) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
1844 William S. Fulton (Maryland-born U.S. Senator from Arkansas; Territorial Governor of Arkansas) Maryland Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Arkansas History Commission
1935 Will Rogers (Oklahoma-born Humorist Killed in an Airplane Crash Near Barrow, Alaska) Will Rogers Stage & Theater Film Air Disasters
1964 Dr. Atl (Gerado Murillo: Mexican Painter) Dr. Alt Artists
1994 Paul Anderson (Georgia-born 1956 Olympic Weightlifting Champion Known as the "World's Strongest Man") Georgia Sports Figures Weightlifting 1956 Summer Olympics Georgia Historical Society
1999 Celestine Sibley (Florida-born Journalist) Florida Authors Journalism Georgia Historical Society
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1796 Wayne County, Michigan Is Created and Named in Honor of General Anthony Wayne Wayne County, Michigan General Anthony Wayne Michigan History Center
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1812 In Indiana, Potawatomi Indians Attack Fort Dearborn, Killing About Half of the Fleeing Soldiers and Their Families Indiana Potawatomi Indians Forts Death Indiana Historical Society Ohio Historical Society
1836 Philip Sublett Nominates Sam Houston for President of the Republic of Texas Republic of Texas Sam Houston Texas State Historical Association
1842 A Monument to Soldiers Who Died in the Seminole Wars Is Unveiled in St. Augustine, Florida St. Augustine, Florida Seminole Indians Native-American Heritage Florida Historical Society
1846 General Stephen Kearny and His Army of the West Ride into Las Vegas, New Mexico Announcing the U.S. Takeover of the Territory Las Vegas, New Mexico U.S. Military Westward Expansion New Mexico Magazine
1862 In Milwaukee, the 24th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Is Mustered Into Service Milwaukee, Wisconsin American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
1864 The Florida 2nd and 5th Cavalry Battalions Are Engaged by Federal Troops in the 5-day Battle of Gainesville Gainesville, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1865 Franz Liszt's Oratorio, "St. Elizabeth," Premieres in Pest, Hungary Franz Liszt Composers American Public Media
1875 Bishop Thomas L. Grace Dedicates the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater, Minnesota Stillwater, Minnesota Catholicism Church of St. Michael Minnesota Historical Society
1885 The Laurel Gazette Is the First Newspaper Published in Laurel, Delaware Laurel, Delaware Journalism Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1890 Dermott, Arkansas Is Incorporated Dermott, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1891 Piggott, Arkansas Is Incorporated Piggott, Arkansas Arkansas History Commission
1895 In Norfolk, Virginia, the USS Texas Is Christened as America's First Steel Battleship Norfolk, Virginia Texas Naval Military History Historic Firsts Virginia Historical Society Historical Society
1899 Fire Wipes Out Much of the City of Cass Lake, Minnesota Cass Lake, Minnesota Fire Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 Georgia Law Requires Elementary Principles of Agriculture and the Elements of Civil Government be Taught in the State's Public Schools Georgia Government Education Farming & Agriculture U.S. Government Law Georgia Historical Society
1906 The Niagara Movement Begins a 5-day Meeting on the Storer College Campus at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Education Niagara Movement West Virginia State Archives
1914 The Panamá Canal Opens to Traffic Panamá Panamá Canal Naval History International Trade LearnCalifornia
1919 Boston, Massachusetts Police Vote to Form a Union Boston, Masachusetts Labor Unions Law Enforcement Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1921 Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick Signs an Act Creating the Georgia State Board of Forestry (State Forestry Commission) Georgia Government Trees Law Georgia State Forestry Commission Georgia Historical Society
1933 In Minnesota, a Police Officer Is Killed as the Barker-Karpis Gang Robs South St. Paul's Swift and Company of Its $30,000 Payroll St. Paul, Minnesota Crime Business Death Minnesota Historical Society
1934 The First Florida Emergency Relief Administration Camp for Unemployed Women Opens on St. Augustine's Anastasia Island St. Augustine, Florida Women The Great Depression Florida Historical Society
1935 Will Rogers and Wiley Post Are Killed in a Plane Crash Near Barrow, Alaska Barrow, Alaska Will Rogers Texas Aviators Air Disasters Death Alaska Historical Society
1936 The Temperature Reaches 108°F in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Temperature Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1951 The Steamer Washington Makes Its Last Trip Across the Delaware River Before the Opening of the Delaware Memorial Bridge Delaware New Jersey Steamboats Bridges Delaware Memorial Bridge State of Delaware
1969 Nearly 500,000 People Attend the 3-day Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in Bethel, New York Bethel, New York Popular Music American Public Media
Peace Is Reached After 5 Days of Rioting in Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Crime History Link
1978 Georgia's Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Is Added to the National Park System Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Rivers Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Georgia Historical Society
1979 Andrew Young Resigns as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations After an Unauthorized Meeting with the Palestine Liberation Organization Andrew Young United Nations Middle East History African-American Political and Social Leaders Georgia Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2007 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills Hundreds in Peru Peru Earthquakes Death CNN