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Grenada: Independence Day
(Celebration of independence from Great Britain: 02/07/1974)
Grenada Great Britain U.S. Department of State
1935 Herbert Kohl (U.S. Senator From Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1826 Thomas Todd (Virginia-born Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court) Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1979 Gwen Sawyer Cherry (First African-American Woman to Serve in the Florida Legislature) Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
Josef Mengele (Nazi Physician: "Angel of Death") Nazi Germany Word War II The Holocaust History Channel
1999 King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan
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1528 The Swiss Canton of Bern Initiates the Reformation By Officially Embraced Protestantism Switzerland European History Religion Concordia
1792 Austria's Hapsburg Monarchy Forms an Alliance with Prussia Against the French Austria France European History Hoover Institution (pdf)
1806 U.S. Senate Approves Secret Appropriation of $2M for the Possible Purchase of Florida Florida U.S. Senate Economics Florida Historical Society
1831 Belgium Adopts Its Constitution Belgium University of Bern
1862 Confederates Order 15,000 Reinforcements for Tennessee's Fort Donelson Tennessee American Civil War History Channel
President Lincoln Spends Most of His Day with His Son, Willie, Critically Ill with Typhoid Fever Abraham Lincoln Typhoid Fever Lincoln Papers
1864 Union Troops Occupy Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
U.S.S. Norwich Sinks the Confederate Steamer St. Mary's Near Jacksonville Jacksonville, Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1865 President Lincoln Writes Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison William Lloyd Garrison Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
1870 Supreme Court Rules Legal Tender Acts Unconstitutional United State Supreme Court President Ulysses S. Grant Constitutional Law Currencies History Channel
1886 Discovery of Gold on South Africa's Witwatersrand Leads to the Birth of Johannesburg Johannesburg, South Africa Gold Famous Firsts South African History
1898 Émile Zola Tried for Libel for Criticism of the French Government Émile Zola Law and Legal Resources History Channel
1901 The British Send 30,000 New Troops to South Africa to Reinforce the Anglo-Boer War Boer War Great Britain War South African History
1936 President Franklin D. Roosevelt Authorizes a Flag for the Office of the Vice President President Franklin Roosevelt The American Presidency New York Times
1942 All U.S. Passenger Car Production Replaced by War Production Automobiles World War II History Channel
1944 Germans Launch Counter-offensive at Anzio, Italy Nazi Germany Italy World War II New York Times
1945 FDR, Churchill and Stalin Continue Black Sea Conference in Yalta Josef  Stalin Winston Churchill President Franklin Roosevelt World War II BBC
1948 Omar Bradley Succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as U.S. Army Chief of Staff Missouri Military Figures Texas Military Figures Dwight Eisenhower American Military Figures New York Times
1962 Kennedy Extends U.S. Trade Ban with Cuba John F. Kennedy Cuba International Trade History of Cuba
1966 President Johnson Meets with South Vietnamese Leaders in Hawaii Vietnam Hawaii Vietnam War BBC
1969 South Africa's Prime Minster Vorster Announces Whites Will Be Given Homesteading Contracts South Africa Apartheid South African History
1971 Swiss Women Are Granted the Right To Vote Switzerland Women's Suffrage Voting & Elections History of Switzerland
1974 Grenada Gains Independence from Great Britain Grenada Great Britain United Nations Refugee Agency
British Prime Minister, Edward Heath, Calls for a General Election British Political and Social Leaders Elections BBC
1977 Soviet Soyuz 24 Launched for 17-day Docking Mission with Salyut 5 Soviet Space Program Astronautix
1986 President Jean-Claude Duvalier Flees Haiti for France Haitian Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1987 South Koreans Protest Death of Student Wile in Police Custody Korea Human Rights/Civil Rights Death BBC
1990 Russian Communist Party Gives Up Its One Party Dominance Russia Fall of Soviet Communism Cold War History Channel
1991 Jean-Bertrand Aristide Is Sworn In as Haiti's First Democratically-elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Elections Historic Firsts New York Times
1992 Treaty of Maastricht Establishes the European Union European Union European Union History Channel BBC
1995 Ramzi Yousef, Mastermind of 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, Is Arrested in Pakistan Paskistan World Trade Center Terrorism New York Times

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