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1909 Marchette Chute (Minnesota-born Children's Author) Minnesota Authors Young-Adult Authors
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1908 William Maxwell (Illinois-born Author) Illinois Authors American Authors
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1798 Mirabeau Lamar (Georgia-born Second President of the Republic of Texas) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Republic of Texas Texas State Historical Associaiton
1851 William Hope "Coin" Harvey (West Virginia Politician) West Vrginia Political and Social Leaders West Virginia State Archive Arkansas History Commission
1951 Umaru Yar'Adua (President of Nigeria) Umaru Yar'Adua
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1929 Bill Evans (New Jersey-born Jazz Pianist, Composer) New Jersey Performing Artists Jazz American Composers, Songwriters Internet Movie Database
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1801 Ralph Earl (Massachusetts-born Artist) Ralph Earl American Artists
1880 Herschel Johnson (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders
1882 Benjamin H. Hill (U.S. Senator from Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress
1888 John Pemberton (Georgia-born Pharmacist Who Invented Coca-Cola) Georgia Scientists & Inventors Chemistry Inventors & Inventions Business Coca Cola
1949 Margaret Mitchell (Georgia-born Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of "Gone with the Wind") Margaret Mitchell American Authors 1937 Pulitzer Prize for
1960 Romeo Marcus Williams (Texas-born African-American Civil Rights Attorney) Texas Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historical Association
1977 Elvis Presley (Mississippi-born Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Mississippi Performing Artists Elvis Presley Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1998 Dorothy West (Massachusetts-born African-American Author) Massachusetts Authors American Authors African-American Authors Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
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1790 In Delaware, the Cornerstone Is Laid for the Dover Presbyterian Church (Today's State Museum) Dover, Delaware Religion Museums State of Delaware
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1812 United States General William Hull Surrenders Detroit to the British Great Britain Detroit War of 1812 Michigan History Center Ohio Historical Society
1814 New York City Newspapers Suspend Publication in Anticipation of a British Naval Attack on the City Great Britain New York City Media Journalism War of 1812 New York Historical Society
Ludwig van Beethoven Finishes Composing the Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90 Ludwig van Beethoven Composers American Public Media
1828 A Contract From the Mexican Government Authorizes Establishment of an Irish Colony Along the Nueces River in South Texas Mexico Ireland Texas Irish Immigration Texas State Historical Association
1852 The Sacramento Valley Railroad Is Incorporated as the First Public Railroad to be Completed in California California Railroad Historic Firsts LearnCalifornia
1863 The U.S.S. DeSoto Captures the Confederate Ship Alice Vivian in the Gulf of Mexico Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1878 The First Post Office Is Established in the Florida Community of "Sara Sota" Sarasota, Florida USPS Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1882 The First Two-and-One-Half Mile Railroad Bridge Is Completed Across Florida's Escambia Bay Florida Railroad Bridge Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1884 Howe Military Academy Is Founded in Indiana LaGrange County, Indiana Education Howe Military Academy Indiana Historical Society
1885 The City of Anoka, Minnesota Is Devastated by Fire Anoka, Minnesota Fire Minnesota Historical Society
1898 The Order Is Given to Evacuate Key West Because of a Possible Outbreak of Yellow Fever Key West, Florida Yellow Fever Florida Historical Society
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1900 In Wisconsin, Two Automobiles Race 14-miles over Unpaved Roads from Racine to Sturtevant and Back Wisconsin Auto Racing Wisconsin Historical Society
1914 In Minnesota, a 1.5-mile-wide Tornado Cuts Across Grant and Stevens Counties Minnesota Tornadoes Minnesota Historical Society
1919 Georgia Law Creates a State Department of Banking for the Examination and Regulation of Banks in the State Georgia Government Economics Law Georgia Department of Banking & Finance Georgia Historical Society
1924 Georgia Law Changes the State's Method of Execution from Hanging to Electrocution Georgia Government Capital Punishment Law Georgia Historical Society
1932 George Gershwin's "Cuban Overture" Is Premiered by the New York Philharmonic George Gershwin Composers Historic Firsts American Public Media
1943 La Scala Opera House in Milan, Italy Is Damaged by Allied Bombers Milan, Italy La Scala Opera House Aviation Military History World War II American Public Media
1947 The Jacksonville Art Museum Is Founded as the Jacksonville Arts Club Jacksonville, Florida Museums Florida Historical Society
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1964 Deck Officers of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Begin a 17-day Strike Lewes, Delaware Cape May, New Jersey Naval History Labor Day Lewes-Cape May Ferry State of Delaware
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