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1750 Stephen Girard (French-American Financier, Philanthropist) France Business
1806 John Stuart Mill (English Philosopher, Economist) John Stuart Mill Philosophy Economics
1818 William George Fargo (New York-born Founder Wells, Fargo & Company) New York Business Leaders Wells Fargo Company
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1913 Henry Flagler (New York-born Industrialist, Railroad Magnate, co-Founder of Standard Oil) Henry Flagler Railroads Standard Oil
1830 H.D. Hyde of Reading, PA Patents the Fountain Pen Pennsylvania Scientists & Inventors Patents Inventors U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1856 English Inventor David Edward Hughes Receives a Patent for the Printing Telegraph Ticker English Scientists & Mathemaitcians Patents Inventors Telegraph Center for Technology and Society
1862 President Abraham Lincoln Signs the Homestead Act Abraham Lincoln Westward Expansion Historic Documents Library of Congress History Channel African American Registry
1873 Jacob and Levi Strauss Receive Patent for Copper-Riveted Blue Jeans Patents & Trademarks Levi Strauss History Channel
1894 A Strike Breaker Is Killed by Striking Miners Near Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham, Alabama Labor Strikes Death Alabama State Archives
1918 Dunbar Hospital Is Incorporated as Detroit, Michigan's First Not-for-Profit Hospital for African Americans Detroit, Michigan Health Care Racism African-American Heritage State of Michigan African American Registry
1926 Air Commerce Act Establishes Customs Service Presence at U.S. Airports U.S. Customs Service Aviation History U.S. Treasury
1933 Florida's First Civilian Conservation Corps Camp Is Established in Duval County for the Purpose of Creating 25 Miles of Fire Breaks Duval County, Florida Labor New Deal Trees Fire Florida Historical Society
1939 Pan American Airways Begins Trans-Atlantic Mail Service Flying New York to Europe New York Aviation History Historic Firsts American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics The New York Times
1958 In Washington, Fire Destroys the Seattle Cedar Manufacturing Wood Mill Seattle, Washington Trees Fire History Link
1961 The Ford Motor Company Complete Construction of President Kennedy's Presidential Limousine President John F. Kennedy The American Presidency Automobiles Ford History Channel
1985 Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes above 1300 for First Time Markets & Investments Historic Firsts Dow Jones

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