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1773 William Henry Harrison (Virginia-born 9th President of the United States of America) William Henry Harrison The American Presidency
1752 George Handley (English-born Governor of Georgia) English Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics University of Georgia
1814 Sam Tilden (Governor of New York, 1876 Democratic Presidential Candidate) New York Political & Social Leaders Politics
1902 Juanita Shanks Craft (Texas-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Texas Political & Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders NAACP Texas State Historical Association
1909 Dean Rusk (Georgia-born Statesman, U.S. Secretary of State) Georgia Political & Social Leaders U.S. Government President John F. Kennedy Lyndon Johnson
1957 Mohammed Valli Moosa (South African Environmental and Human Rights Activist) South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid Earth and Environment South African History
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1819 John Milledge (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics University of Georgia
1984 Yuri Andropov (Russian-born President of the Soviet Union: 1982-84) Yuri Andropov Soviet Political & Social Leaders
1995 J. William Fulbright (Missouri Congressman: Founder of the Fulbright Scholarship Fund)) J. William Fulbright U.S. Senate Education
2002 Princess Margaret of England Great Britain Princess Margaret
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1631 Religious Leader Roger Williams (Founder of Rhode Island) Arrives in America Roger Williams Rhode Island Library of Congress
1793 Congress Authorizes the Use of Foreign Coins as Legal Tender in the United States U.S. Congress Currency U.S. Treasury
1825 U.S. House of Representatives Elects John Quincy Adams President U.S. House of Representatives John Qunicy Adams The American Presidency The History Channel
1848 Abraham Lincoln Endorses Zachary Taylor's Candidacy for President Zachary Taylor Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Papers
1849 Constitutional Assembly Abolishes the Temporal Power of the Pope and Proclaims Rome a Republic Rome, Italy Catholicism European History Ohio University
1861 Congress of the Confederacy Elects Jefferson Davis President Jefferson Davis American Civil War New York Times
1918 Ukraine Signs Peace Treaty with Central Powers Ukraine World War I The History Channel
1922 Congress Establishes the World War Foreign Debt Commission U.S. Congress World War I Economics History Channel
1923 Dobrolet, the Soviet State Airline, Is Formed (Renamed Aeroflot in 1932) Soviet Union Aviation History Transporteon
1929 Russia, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia Sign Litvinov Protocol Renouncing War Russia Poland Romania Estonia Latvia Historic World Documents War Indiana University
1934 Romania, Greece, Yugoslavia and Turkey Sign Balkan Peace Pact Romania Greece Yugoslavia Turkey Historic World Documents War Indiana University
1942 The First Meeting of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Is Held World War II Historic Firsts National Archives & Records Administration New York Times
U.S. Clocks First Go Forward One Hour for Daylight-savings ''War Time'' World War II Time Historic Firsts History Channel
Fire Destroys French Cruise Liner Normandie While Being Converted for War World War II Naval History The History Channel
First Congressional Medal of Honor of World War II Awarded Posthumously to Sandy Nittinger of Fort Lauderdale, FL Florida Military Figures American Military Figures World War II Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1943 The Japanese Abandon Guadalcanal Japan Battle of Guadalcanal New York Times
1950 In Wheeling, West Virginia, Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Charges State Department Is Riddled with Communists Joe McCarthy U.S. State Department McCarthyism The History Channel BBC West Virginia Archives Wisconsin Historical Society
1955 South African Newspaper, The Star, Condemns Forced Removal of Blacks from Central Johannesburg Apartheid Racism Journalism South African History
1965 U.S. Sends First Combat Troops to South Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
1972 USS Constellation Arrives off the Coast of Vietnam Vietnam War Naval History History Channel
1977 Spain Establishes Diplomatic Relations with the Soviet Union Spain Soviet Union Vanderbilt
1989 President Bush Submits to Congress $1.16 Trillion Budget with $91.1 B Deficit U.S. Congress President George Bush Business & Economics History Channel
1991 Lithuanians Vote Overwhelmingly for Independence from the Soviet Union Lithuania Soviet Union University of Missouri - St. Louis
Worst Nuclear Accident in Japanese History Occurs at Mihama: No Deaths Japan Nuclear Power Nuclear Files
Four Senior Officers Arrested for Planning a Coup in South Africa's Black Apartheid Enclave of Ciskei Apartheid Racism South African History
1992 Algerian Authorities Declare State of Emergency Following Cancelled Elections Algeria Amnesty International
1995 Two Astronauts Are First African-American and First Briton to Walk in Space Michael Foale Bernard Harris Astronauts African-American History BBC
1999 Senate Begins Closed-door Deliberations in Clinton Impeachment Trial U.S. Senate Clinton Impeachment Law and Legal Resources CNN
2001 U.S. Navy Submarine Collides with Japanese Fishing Boat Near Hawaii: 9 Die Japan Hawaii Naval History Death CNN

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