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1831 John Rawlins (Illinois-born Union Army General) Illinois Military Figures American Civil War History Channel
1885 Bess Truman (Missouri-born Wife of President Harry Truman) Bess Truman Harry Truman
1892 Robert H. Jackson (Pennsylvania-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court Law and Legal Resources Oyez
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1542 Catherine Howard (Fifth Wife of Henry VIII, Executed for Adultery) British Political and Social Leaders Catherine Howard Capital Punishment
1728 Cotton Mather (Massachusetts-born Puritan Religious Leader) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Religion Concordia
1793 Father Antonio Paterna (California-born Latin-American Founder of Mission Santa Barbara) California Political and Social Leaders California Missions Hispanic Political and Social Leaders Mission Sanata Barbara
1818 George Rogers Clark (Virginia-born Pioneer, Frontiersman, Military Leader) George Rogers Clark Famous American Military Leaders American Revolution
1888 Jean Baptiste Lamy (French-born Archbishop of Santa Fe) French Political and Social Leaders New Mexico Political and Social Leaders Catholicism New Mexico Magazine
1977 Manuel Trazazas Gonzaullas (Latin-American Texas Ranger) Texas Political and Social Leaders Crime Hispanic Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historical Association
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1542 Catherine Howard, the Fifth Wife of England's King Henry VIII, Is Executed for Adultery British Political and Social Leaders Catherine Howard Capital Punishment New York Times
1689 William and Mary Are Proclaimed Joint Sovereigns under Britain's New Bill of Rights British Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy History Channel
1713 Smallpox Epidemic Sweeps through the Indigenous People of Southern Africa's Cape Peninsula Africa Smallpox Death South African History
1776 Patrick Henry Named Colonel of 1st Virginia Battalion in Defense of State's Supply of Gunpowder Patrick Henry American Revolution History Channel
1850 British Ship Childe Herold Sinks Off South Africa's Coast Carrying Ivory from Bombay to London South Africa Great Briain India Naval History South African History
1861 Bernard J.D. Irwin Earns the First Medal of Honor in an Arizona Conflict with Apache Indians Irish Military Figures Arizona Apache American Military Figures Historic Firsts History Channel
The Virginia Secession Convention Assembles in Richmond Virginia American Civil War Virginia Historical Society
1901 Negotiations Fail to End South Africa's Anglo-Boer War South Africa Great Briain Boer War South African History
1905 President Theodore Roosevelt Outlines His Plan for Racial, Social and Economic Equality in America President Theodore Roosevelt The American Presidency Racism History Channel
1920 The League of Nations Recognizes Switzerland's Perpetual Neutrality Switzerland League of Nations History Channel
1939 Louis Brandeis Retires from the U.S. Supreme Court Louis Brandeis U.S. Supreme Court Judaism Historic Firsts Oyez
1943 First Class of Military Aerial Navigators Arrives at San Marcos Army Air Field, Texas Texas World War II Aviation History Texas State Historical Association
1945 Allies Firebomb Dresden, Germany for Four Days: 50,000 Die Germany Aviation History World War II Death History Channel
Soviets Liberate Budapest from German Occupation Hungary Germany Soviet Union World War II United States Holocaust Memorial Museum New York Times
1960 France Conducts First Nuclear Test in Algeria (20 - 200kT atmospheric) France Algeria Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts Technology and Society
1966 Soviets Conduct 125kT Underground Nuclear Test in Kazakhstan Nuclear Weapons The Soviet Union Kazakhstan Geoscience Australia
1978 U.S. Conducts Underground Nuclear Test in Nevada Nuclear Weapons Nevada Geoscience Australia
1982 Thousands Attend Funeral of South African Labor Leader, Neil Aggett South Africa Labor South African History
1984 Konstantin Chernenko Succeeds Yuri Andropov as Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko Cold War History Channel
1991 U.S. Bombers Strike Civilians in Baghdad, Killing Hundreds Iraq Gulf War Aviation History Death BBC

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