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1938 Mary Frances Berry (Tennessee-born African-American Lawyer, Educator, Rights Activist) Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1941 Wellington Webb (Chicago-born First African-American Mayor of Denver, Colorado) Denver, Colorado Chicago Political & Social Leaders Politics African American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1942 Huey P. Newton (Louisiana-born African-American Rights Activist; Founder and Leader of the Black Panther Party) Louisiana Political & Social Leaders U.S. Civil Rights Famous African American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1951 Patricia de Lille (South African Leader of the Independent Democrats) South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1909 Geronimo (Apache Warrior, Chief) Geronimo Native-American Studies
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1600 Italian Philosopher Giordano Bruno Is Burned at the Stake for Heresy in Rome's Campo dei Fiori Giordano Bruno Philosophy Religion Catholic Encyclopedia
1782 British Navy Engages the American-allied French in the First of Five Indian Ocean Battles Great Britain France American Revolution Naval History History Channel
1783 Georgia's House of Assembly Allocates Land Entitlements for Georgia Veterans of the Revolutionary War Georgia American Revolution University of Georgia
1801 U.S. House of Representatives Selects Thomas Jefferson As President U.S. House of Representatives Aaron Burr John Adams Thomas Jefferson 1801 Presidential Election
1836 Abraham Lincoln Completes His Year-Long Surveying of the Town of Petersburgh, Illinois Petersburg, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Petersburg, Illinois Lincoln Papers
1844 First Lt. William Tecumseh Sherman Begins His Military Career at Marietta, Georgia Marietta, Georgia William Tecumseh Sherman American Military Figures University of Georgia
1861 President-elect & Mrs. Lincoln Attend Church in Buffalo, NY with Former President Fillmore Buffalo, New York Abraham Lincoln Millard Fillmore Religion Lincoln Papers
1863 President Lincoln Transmits to Congress a Treaty with the Potawatomi Indians in Kansas Kansas U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Potawatomi Indians Lincoln Papers
1865 General Sherman's Army Ransacks and Razes Columbia, SC Columbia, SC William Tecumseh Sherman American Civil War History Channel
President Lincoln Signs Proclamation Convening Congress for an Extra Session U.S. Congress Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Signs the Army Commission for His Son Captain Robert Lincoln Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1881 Norman County, Minnesota Is Established in Honor of the Homeland of the Area's Norwegian Settlers Norway Norman County, Minnesota Minnesota Historical Society
1905 Philippine Military Academy Opens as Philippine Constabulary Officers School The Republic of the Philippines The Philippine Military Academy
1915 German Zeppelin L-4 Crash-Lands in the North Sea Near the Danish Coastal Town of Varde World War I Blimps History Channel
1944 U.S. Attack Devastates Japan's Truk Naval Base, Caroline Islands Japan Aviation History World War II National Park Service
U.S. Troops Land on Eniwetok Atoll The Marshall Islands The Atomic Bomb World War II History Channel
1959 Turkish Prime Minister Adnan Menderes Survives Air Crash Near London That Kills 12 Turkish Political and Social Leaders Great Britain Air Disasters Death BBC
1964 Supreme Court Rules Congressional District Populations Must Be Nearly Equal U.S. Congress U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Voting and Elections New York Times
1965 Gambia Gains Independence as the Smallest Sovereign State in Africa Gambia Great Britain BBC
1972 President Richard Nixon Departs for Historic Trip to China China President Richard Nixon The Cold War New York Times
1977 The Archbishop of Cape Town Condemns South Africa's Apartheid Society as Morally Indefensible Capetwon, South Africa Apartheid Religion South African History
1978 An Irish Republican Army Bomb Kills 12 People and Injures 30 in a Northern Ireland Restaurant Northern Ireland Terrorism Death BBC
1979 Chinese Troops Invade Northern Provinces of Vietnam Vietnam China History Channel BBC
1987 Sri Lankan Tamils Seeking Asylum Stage Protest Against Deportation at London's Heathrow Airport Sri Lanka Great Britain Human Rights/Civil Rights Heathrow Airport BBC
1992 Members of the Azanian People's Liberation Army Kill Three South African Policemen South Africa Terrorism Death South African History
2002 New Transportation Security Administration to Supervise U.S. Aviation Security U.S. Government Offices and Agencies Aviation War on Terrorism Transportation Security Administration
2006 A Mudslide Buries a Remote Village on the Southern Philippine Island of Leyte: 1,800 Die Republic of the Philippines Death CNN

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