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Myanmar: Day of Union
(Celebration of Panglong Agreement which created the Nation of Burma: 02/12/1947)
`Myanmar U.S. Department of State
1606 John Winthrop (Governor of Connecticut) John Winthrop Founder of Ipswich Massachusetts, 1633 Founder of Saybrook, CT (1635) and New London, CT (1646)
1773 Jacques Dupre (Governor of Louisiana: 1830) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Secretary of State
1809 Abraham Lincoln (Kentucky-born 16th President of the United States) Kentucky Political and Social Leaders Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Logs
1811 James Johnson (Reconstruction Provisional Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Reconstruction University of Georgia
1828 George Meredith (English Novelist, Poet) English Authors Poetry
1855 Fannie Barrier Williams (New York-born African-American Social Reformer, co-Founder of the National League of Colored Women) Fannie Barrier Williams Civil Rights/Human Rights African Americans Political and Social Figures
1871 Langalibalele Dube (South African of Zulu Royalty; Founder of the Zulu Newspaper Ilanga lase Natal, First Chairperson of the ANC, First Black Person to Receive a Doctorate Degree from a South African University) South African Political and Social Leaders Journalism
1880 John L. Lewis (Iowa-born Labor Leader: President of the United Mine Workers, Founder of the CIO) Iowa Political and Social Leaders Labor Unions AFL-CIO The History Channel
1884 Alice Roosevelt Longworth (New York City-born Daughter of Theodore Roosevelt) New York City Political and Social Leaders President Theodore Roosevelt
1893 Omar Bradley (Missouri-born General, U.S. Army: First Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) Missouri Military Leaders WWII
1942 Ehud Barak (Prime Minister of Israel) Israeli Political and Social Leaders Biography.com
1948 Alexander Carlile (Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, 1992-97) Welsh Political and Social Leaders
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1554 Lady Jane Grey, Former Head of England (16 Years Old, Beheaded at the Tower of London After Ruling Only 9 Days) British History British Royalty BBC
1789 Ethan Allen (Connecticut-born Colonial Patriot; Leader of the Vermont Green Mountain Boys) Ethan Allen Vermont Colonial America Revolutionary War
1835 Hintsa ka Khawuta, Chief of the Xhosa (Killed by British Forces) South African Political and Social Leaders Great Britain South African History
1885 Alexander Mouton (Governor of Louisiana, 1843-1846; Chairman of the Louisiana Secession Convention) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Secretary of State
1901 Jacob Beeson Blair (West Virginia-born U.S. Congressman) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress West Virginia State Archive
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1541 The City of Santiago, Chile Is Founded by Pedro de Valdivia Chile Mundoandino
1554 16-year-old Lady Jane Grey of England Is Executed for High Treason After Ruling for Only 9 Days British History British Royalty BBC
1688 William and Mary Are Declared King and Queen of England, France and Ireland English Political and Social Leaders French Political and Social Leaders Irish Political and Social Leaders William and Mary Chambers Book of Days
1781 A Spanish Force Captures British-held Fort St. Joseph (Niles), Michigan Spain Great Britain Niles, Michigan Forts State of Michigan Michigan State Archive (pdf)
1793 U.S. Congress Passes First Fugitive Slave Law Making It Illegal to Protect an Escaped Slave U.S. Congress Slavery Law and Legal Resources The History Channel
1815 News Reaches Boston That the War of 1812 Has Ended Boston, Massachusetts War of 1812 Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1818 Chile Proclaims Independence from Spain on the First Anniversary of the Patriot Victory at Chacabuco Chile Spain Encyclopedia Britannica
1832 Ecuador's Colonel Ignacio Hernández Officially Takes Possession of the Galápagos Islands for His Nation Ecuador Darwin Foundation
1835 British Forces Shoot and Kill Hintsa ka Khawuta, Chief of the Xhosa South African Political and Social Leaders Great Britain Death South African History
1861 10 a.m.: President-elect Abraham Lincoln Speaks to a Crowd from the Balcony of the Bates House in Indianapolis, Indiana Indianapolis, Indiana Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Logs
President-elect Abraham Lincoln Speaks from Train in Morris, Shelbyville, Greensburg and Lawrenceburg, Indiana Indiana Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Logs
8 p.m.: President-elect Abraham Lincoln Speaks to a Crowd of Thousands in Cincinnati, Ohio Cincinnati, Ohio Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Logs
1880 Ermelo, South Africa Is Founded by Frans Lion Cachet of the Dutch Reformed Church South Africa South African History
1912 Pu Yi, China's Last Emperor, Renounces His Throne Chinese History The History Channel
1915 34 Planes from the British Naval Wing Attack the German-occupied Coastal Towns of in Belgium Great Britain Belgium Germany World War I Aviation Military History The History Channel
1917 An Austrian Submarine Bombs and Sinks the American Schooner Lyman M. Law in the Mediterranean Sea Austria World War I Naval Military History The History Channel
1941 Lieutenant-General Erwin Rommel Arrives in Tripoli Erwin Rommel Libya World War II The History Channel
1947 Panglong Agreement Unites Chin, Kachin, and Shan into the Nation of Burma Burma/Myanmar The Ethnic Nationalities Council (pdf)
1954 Atomic Energy Authority Is Established to Control British Production and Development of Atomic Energy British Government Atomic Energy BCC
1964 Fighting Between Ethnic Turks and Greeks Breaches Truce on the Island of Cyprus: Leaves 16 Dead Cyprus Turkey Greece Dead BCC
1973 North Vietnamese Release 142 of 591 American Prisoners of War Vietnam War Prisoners of War The History Channel The New York Times
1976 U.S. Conducts 200 to 1000 kT Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nuclear Weapons NV Geoscience Australia
1982 U.S. Conducts Two : 20 to 150 kT Underground Nuclear Tests in Nevada Nuclear Weapons NV Geoscience Australia
1986 Human Rights Activist Anatoly Scharansky Is Released After Eight Years in Soviet Prisons and Labor Camps Soviet Union Crime The History Channel
1988 Two Soviet Warships Bump Two U.S. Navy Vessels in Waters Claimed by the Soviet Union Soviet Union Naval Military History The Cold War The History Channel
1992 Mongolia's New Non-Communist Constitution Becomes Law Mongolia University of Bern
1998 Federal Judge Rules Presidential Line-item Veto Unconstitutional American Presidency Constitutional Law The New York Times
1999 Senate Impeachment Trial of Bill Clinton Ends with Two Acquittals U.S. Senate President Bill Clinton Presidential Impeachment The History Channel University of Georgia
2002 Former Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosevic Goes on Trial for War Crimes in The Hague Slobodan Milosevic The Hague War Crimes Law and Legal Resources The History Channel

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