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Calendar
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1892 Richard Atwater (Chicago-born Children's Author) Chicago Authors Young Adult Authors
1917 Ruth Robbins (New Jersey-born Children's Author) New Jersey Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1925 E.W. Hildick (New Jersey-born Children's Author) English Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors
1942 Jan Greenberg (Missouri-born Children's Author) Missouri Authors Young Adult Authors Missouri Writes for Kids Houghton-Mifflin University of  Illinois Missouri Authors Directory
1943 Molly Garrett Bang (New Jersey-born Children's Author, Illustrator) New Jersey Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists Official Web Site
Irene Brady (Oregon-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Oregon Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists Nature Works Author's Den
1953 Stanley "Tookie" Williams (New Orleans-born African-American Gang Member; Author of Children's Book on Gangs and Violence) New Orleans Authors and Illustrators Young-Adult Authors Crime African-American Registry
1955 Ernest Herndon (Tennessee-born Novelist Children's Science Author) Tennesssee Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors Science
1956 Tracy Campbell Pearson (Connecticut-born Children's Author, Illustrator) Connecticut Authors and Illustrators Primary Children's Authors American Artists Official Web Site Educational Paperback Association VisitingAuthors.com
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1908 Norvin S. Veal (Kentucky-born Publisher of the Jacksonville Journal) Kentucky Authors Jacksonville, Florida Journalism Jacksonville Journal Courier Florida Historical Society
1922 William Gaddis (New York City-born Novelist) New York City Authors and Illustrators The Gaddis Annotations Writer's Almanac
Artists, Architects and Designers
1860 Frank Reaugh (Illinois-born Artist Best Known for Paintings Depicting Ranching Life in Texas) Illinois Artists Texas Artists American Artists Texas State Historical Association
1896 David Alfaro Siqueiros (Mexican Muralist) David Alfaro Siqueiros Artists
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1876 Pablo Casals (Spanish Cellist, Conductor) Pablo Casals Classical Musicians
1897 Jules Bledsoe (Texas-born African-American Baritone, Operatic Performer) Texas Performing Artists Opera African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1952 Gelsey Kirkland (Pennsylvania-born Ballet Dancer) Pennsylvania Performing Artists Ballet Biography.com
Scientists, Mathematicians and Inventors
1876 Charles Macintosh (Scottish Chemist Who Developed Process for Waterproofing Coats) Scottish Scientists & Mathematicians Chemistry Water
1911 Klaus Fuchs (German-American Physicist, Spy) German Scientists & Mathematicians Physics World War II
Business Leaders
1809 Charles Goodyear (Connecticut-born Inventor of Vulcanized Rubber; Founder of Goodyear Tire and Rubber) Charles Goodyear Automotives Inventors & Inventions Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Military Leaders
1879 Billy Mitchell (American Pioneer of the Air Force as a Separate Branch of Military Service) Aviation U.S. Air Force Wisconsin Historical Society
1912 Lewis Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Member of the Tuskegee Airmen; President of Central State University) Indiana Military Figures Aviation Military History Education Tuskegee Airmen Central State University African-American Military Figures African-American Registry Indiana Weslyn University Timothy R. Gaffney
Political and Social Leaders
1808 Andrew Johnson (North Carolina-born 17th President of the United States) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Andrew Johnson American Presidents Reconstruction
1809 William Gladstone (Prime Minister of England) English Political and Social Leaders Historic UK Biography.com
1907 Robert Clifton Weaver (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Economist; First African American to Serve in a Presidential Cabinet) Washington, D.C-born Political and Social Leaders President John F. Kennedy President Lyndon Johnson African-Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1910 Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey (Iowa-born Labor and Civil-Rights Activist) Iowa-born Political and Social Leaders Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights UAW African American Registry
1917 Thomas Bradley (Texas-born First African American Mayor of Los Angeles) Texas Political and Social Leaders Los Angeles Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African-American Registry
Performing Artists
1936 Mary Tyler Moore (New York City-born Actress) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Biography.com History Channel
1938 Jon Voight (New York City-born Actor) New York City Performing Artists American Performing Artists Film Biography.com
1947 Ted Danson (California-born Actor) California Performing Artists American Performing Artists Television Film Biography.com
1972 Jude Law (English Actor) English Performing Artists Actors Film Biography.com
Sports Figures
1881 Jess Willard (Kansas-born Member of the international Boxing Hall of Fame) Kansas Sports Figures Boxing Hall of Fame
1936 Raymond Ernest Nitschke (Illinois-born Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Illinois Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame Wisconsin Historical Society
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1170 Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Is Murdered in the Cathedral English Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Archbishop of Canterbury Chambers Book of Days History Channel
1731 Brook Taylor (English Mathematician) Brook Taylor Algebra
1834 Thomas Robert Malthus (English Economist) Thomas Malthus Economics
1967 Paul Whiteman ( Colorado Jazz Bandleader) Colorado Performing Artists Jazz Internet Movie Database History Channel
1986 Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister of England) Harold Macmillan Cold War
2008 Freddie Hubbard (Indiana-born Grammy-Winning African-American Jazz Musician) Freddie Hubbard Jazz Grammy Awards African-American Performing Artists
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1100s  that Occurred on this Date
1170 Four of King Henry II's Knights Murder the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, in the Cathedral Thomas a Beckett Henry II Religious Leaders and Theologians Death Archbishop of Canterbury Chambers Book of Days Historic UK History Channel
Historic Events of the 1600s  that Occurred on this Date
1693 Spanish Soldiers and Pecos Pueblo Warriors Begin 2-day Battle to re-Conquer Santa Fe from Pueblo Rebels Santa Fe, New Mexico Pueblo Indians War Death New Mexico Magazine
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1778 British Forces Capture Savannah, Georgia Great Britain Savannah, Georgia American Revolution History Channel University of Georgia
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1813 The British Burn Buffalo, New York Great Britain Buffalo, New York Fire Safety War 1812 New York Times
1824 Alachua County, Florida Is Established Alachua County, Florida Florida Historical Society
Leon County, Florida Is Established and Named for Ponce de Leon Ponce de Leon Leon County, Florida Hispanic Heritage Florida Historical Society
Monroe County, Florida Is Established and Named for President James Monroe Leon County, Florida President James Monroe Florida Historical Society
Nassau County, Florida Is Established and Probably Named for Nassau in the Bahamas Nassau in the Bahamas Nassau County, Florida Florida Historical Society
Walton County, Florida Is Established and Named for George Walton, Former Secretary of West Florida Walton County, Florida Florida Historical Society
1829 Washington County, Florida Is Established and Named for George Washington Washington County, Florida President George Washington Florida Historical Society
1835 In the Treaty of New Echota, the Cherokee Cede Their Lands East of the Mississippi for $5M and Western Land U.S. Government Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents Trail of Tears Alabama State Archive University of Georgia
1838 Georgia's Cherokee Indian Citizenship Act Grants Full Citizenship to 22 Families of Mixed Cherokee-White Ancestry Georgia Cherokee Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1845 Texas Enters the Union as a Slave State Texas Slavery U.S. History History Channel Texas State Historical Association
1846 U.S. Commodore Robert Stockton and U.S. Brigadier General Stephen Kearney Argue over Command of the California Territory California Mexican-American War LearnCalifornia
1847 Atlanta, Georgia Is Incorporated Atlanta, Georgia University of Georgia
1851 The First American Young Men's Christian Association Is Organized in Boston Boston, Masachusetts Religion Greater Boston YMCA Historic Firsts New York Times
1854 The Hanging of an Accused Murderer is the First Execution in Ramsey County, Minnesota Territory Ramsey County, Minnesota Territory Capital Punishment Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Volusia County, Florida Is Established and Probably Named for an Early English Settler Named Volus Volusia County, Florida Florida Historical Society
1855 In Salem, Fire Destroys the Nearly Completed Oregon Capitol Building Salem, Oregon Fire" SalemOregon.com
1859 Washington's Territorial Legislature Creates Klickitat County Klickitat County, Washington HistoryLink
1860 England Launches the HMS Warrior, the World's First Iron-Hulled Warship English Military Figures Naval Military History Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
President Lincoln Responds to William Cullen Bryant's Concerns About Cabinet Appointments William Cullen Bryant President Abraham Lincoln American Authors Lincoln Log
1861 The Town of Sutton (West Virginia) Is Burned by Confederate Raiders Sutton, West Virginia Burning of Sutton, West Virginia West Virginia State Archive
1862 At Vicksburg, Confederates Repel Sherman's Attack on Chickasaw Bluffs Mississippi Siege of Vicksburg History Channel
President Lincoln Reads the Emancipation Proclamation to Cabinet for Criticism and Discusses Creation of New State of West Virginia West Virginia President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
The British Sloop Flying Fish Is Captured Off the Tortugas by the U.S.S. Magnolia Great Britain Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Dry Tortugas Florida Historical Society
1863 Boat Crews from the U.S.S. Stars and Stripes Destroys a Blockade Runner, Caroline Gertrude, Near the Mouth of Florida's Ocklockonee River Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 59 Prisoners of War Paroled in Texas Arrive in Indianapolis, Indiana Texas Indiana Prisoners of War American Civil War Indiana Historical Society
1876 A Bridge in Ashtabula, Ohio Collapses, Causing a Train to Fall into a Gorge, Killing 80 Passengers Ashtabula, Ohio Bridges Railroad Death History Channel
1890 In South Dakota, 300+ People Die When U.S. Soldiers Open Fire on an Indian Encampment at Wounded Knee Wounded Knee, South Dakota Native-American Heritage Death Writer's Almanac History Channel
1891 The Minnesota Library Association Is Organized in St. Paul St. Paul, Minnesota Libraries and Library Resources Minnesota Library Association Minnesota Historical Society
1895 Leander Starr Jameson Leads British Volunteers on a Raid into the Boer Colony of Transvaal in Support of a United South Africa South Africa Boer Wars South African History
1896 The Lava Soap Trademark Is Registered Patents & Trademarks Official Lava Web Page USPTO
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1903 The First Concert of the Seattle Symphony Is Conducted by Harry West at Christensen's Hall in Seattle Seattle Symphony Classical Music Historic Firsts Seattle Symphony American Public Media HistoryLink
1909 The Texas Folklore Society Is Founded in Dallas Dallas, Texas Folktales The Texas Folklore Society Texas State Historical Association
1913 Shooting Begins on The Squaw Man, the First Feature-Length Film Made in Hollywood Los Angeles, California Film Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database History Channel
1915 French National Assembly Formally Cedes to Great Britain Land Holding the British War Cemeteries France Great Britain Death World War I History Channel
1916 James Joyce Publishes His First Novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce Authors Writer's Almanac History Channel
1917 A 1/2" of Snow Covers Many Counties in Florida's Panhandle and in North Florida Florida Snow Florida Historical Society
1918 Louis B. Mayer's First Movie Virtuous Wives Premieres in New York City Russian Performing Artists Filmmakers Internet Movie Database Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1934 Japan Renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930 Japan Great Britain Naval Military History World War II New York Times
1940 German Aircraft Set London Ablaze with Incendiary Bombs, Killing Almost 3,600 Civilians London, England Nazi Germany Aviation Military History Fire Death World War II History Channel New York Times Greenwich Guide
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1950 The Celler-Kefauver Anti-Merger Act Creates Barriers to Monopolies through Mergers and Acquisitions U.S. Congress Monopolies Business Laws and Legal Resources History Channel
The Rose Tattoo by Tennessee Williams Premieres at the Erlanger Theatre in Chicago Chicago Tennessee Williams American Authors Plays Mississippi Writer's Project
1958 Period of Adjustment High Point over a Cavern by Tennessee Williams Premieres at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami Miami, Florida Tennessee Williams American Authors Plays Mississippi Writer's Project
1959 The Dial Soap Trademark Is Registered Patents & Trademarks Official Web Site USPTO
1970 29-year-old Rhea Pincus Grossman Is the First Women Appointed as a Circuit Judge (Eleventh Circuit, Dade County, Florida) Dade County, Florida American Women in Politics and Government Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1972 The Last Cartoon of William J. McClanahan's Appears in the Dallas Morning News Texas Artists American Artists Journalism Texas State Historical Association
1973 The Island of Vanuatu Is At the Epicenter of a 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Vanuatu Earthquakes USGS
1975 A Bomb Explodes in the Main Terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, Killing 11 People New York City Aviation History Terrorism LaGuardia Airport New York Times
Britain's Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts Become Law to Equalize Workplace Opportunities for Women Great Britain Women Civil Rights/Human Rights Labor Laws and Legal Resources BBC
1977 The ALHA 77005 Mars Meteorite Is Discovered at Allan Hills, Antarctica Mars Antarctica Meteorites NASA
1978 In Florida, Ohio State Football Coach Woody Hayes Punches a Clemson University Player in the Last Minute of the Gator Bowl Florida Ohio Sports Figures South Carolina College Football Hall of Fame Ohio State Fotball Clemson Football The Gator Bowl New York Times
1980 A South African Court Refuses to Lift a Ban on 4 Black Newspapers South Africam Media Journalism Law and Legal Resources South African History
1982 Rajiv Gandhi Wins India's General Election in a Landslide Indian Political and Social Leaders Elections BBC
1989 Dramatist Vaclav Havel Is Sworn in as President of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel Plays Elections Theatre History Television News Archive
Smoking Is Banned on Canada's Domestic Flights Canadian Government Aviation Tobacco Law and Legal Resources Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
1996 Guatemalan Guerrilla and Government Leaders Signed Accord Ending 36 Years of Civil Conflict Guatemala War Historic Documents New York Times
1998 Six Die As Storm Waves Hit Competitors in Australia's Annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race Australia Boating Storms Oceans Death BBC
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2008 Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf Steps Down, Dissolving His U.N.-Backed Government Somalia United Nations National Public Radio