Return Today in the History of World Political and Social Leaders: World Events Return

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Angola: Peace and National Reconciliation Day
(Commemorates the signing of the cease-fire agreement between the Angolan army and the military wing of UNITA: 04/04/2002)
Angola U.S. Expedia Southern African Development Community
Senegal: Independence Day
(Commemorates independence from France gained from a 04/04/1960 transfer of power agreement)
Republic of Senegal France U.S. Department of State
1748 William White (Pennsylvania-born First Presiding Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders Religion Episcopal Church
1792 Thaddeus Stevens (Vermont-born Anti-Slavery Congressman from Pennsylvania) Vermont Political and Social Leaders Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Slavery African American Registry
1802 Dorothea Dix (Maine-born Advocate for the Mentally Ill) Dorothea Dix Mental Health
1810 James Freeman Clarke (New Hampshire-born Theologian) New Hampshire Political and Social Leaders Religion
1834 Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas (Georgia-born Women's Rights Activist) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Women University of Georgia
1884 Yamamoto Isoroku (Mastermind of Japan's Attack on Pearl Harbor) Japanese Military Leaders Attack on Pearl Harbor History Channel
1904 Walter Kohler, Jr. (Governor of Wisconsin: 1951-1957) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1921 John Reynolds (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
397 St. Ambrose (Italian-born Catholic Saint) Italian Political and Social Leaders Catholic Saints Chambers' Book of Days
1841 William Henry Harrison (Virginia-born 9th President of the United States) William Henry Harrison The American Presidency History Channel
1888 Abram Elfelt (Minnesota's First Jewish Settler) Minnesota Judaism
1901 George Thomas "Tige" Anderson (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Leaders Mexican-American War American Civil War University of Georgia
1939 Ghazi I (King of Iraq - Swiss Car Crash) Iraq Switzerland Automobiles Death Nationmaster
1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Georgia-born African-American Civil Rights Leader: Assassination) Assasination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement
1979 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister, Hanged by Military) Pakistan Political and Social Leaders Capital Punishment BBC Asian History
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1687 James II Issues a "Declaration of Indulgence" Allowing Full Liberty of Worship in England English Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy Religion Civil Rights/Human Rights Concordia
1812 President James Madison Places a Ninety-day Embargo on Trade with England English Business President James Madison International Trade History Channel
1836 Beaver, the First Pacific Ocean Steamship, Arrives at Oregon's Fort George after a 163-Day Around the Horn from England England Oregon Steamship SalemOregon.com
1841 President William Henry Harrison Dies in After Only One Month in Office William Henry Harrison The American Presidency Death History Channel
1854 William H. Herndon, Law Partner of Abraham Lincoln, Is Elected Mayor of Springfield, Illinois Springfield, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Elections Springfield, Illinois Lincoln Papers
1861 President Lincoln Telegraphs the Commander at Fort Sumter to Hold Out if Possible Until Relieved South Carolina Abraham Lincoln Fort Sumter, South Carolina Forts Lincoln Papers
1862 Confederate Sloop LaFayette Is Captured in Florida by the U.S.S. Pursuit Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Sends Congratulations to Isabel II, Queen of Spain, on the Birth of Daughter Spanish Political and Social Leaders Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Passes to the Senate a Treaty with the Nez Percé Indians of the Washington Territory Washington U.S. Senate Abraham Lincoln Nez Percé Indians Historic U.S. Documents Lincoln Papers
President Lincoln Expresses His Thoughts on Slavery in a Letter to Albert Hodges of Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Papers
1865 President Abraham Lincoln Arrives in Richmond, Virginia with His Son Tad to Tour the Union-Occupied Confederate Capital Richmond, Virginia Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Eyewitness to History History Channel Lincoln Papers Virginia Historical Society
1867 African American, Jonathan C. Gibbs, Is Elected to the Executive Board of Florida's Union Republican Party Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics African-American Political and Social Leaders Florida Historical Society
1879 Japan Incorporates the Ryukyu Islands as Okinawa Prefecture Okinawa Asian History
1939 Iraq's King Ghazi I Dies in a Swiss Car Crash Iraq Switzerland Automobiles Death Nationmaster
Three-year-old Faisal II Becomes King of Iraq Iraq Nationmaster
1945 Soviets Drive the Last German Troops Out of Hungary Hungary Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II Country Studies
U.S. Forces Liberate the Nazi Death Camp Ohrdruf in Germany Nazi Germany The Holocaust World War II New York Times
1949 Twelve Nations Sign NATO Mutual Defense Pact NATO World Government The Cold War History Channel
1960 Senegal Signs Transfer of Power Agreement with France Senegal France University of Iowa
1967 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speaks Out Against the Vietnam War Dr. Martin Luther King Vietnam War History Channel
1975 U.S. Plane Carrying 155 Vietnamese Orphans to America Crashes on Take Off from Saigon Vietnam Child Advocacy Air Disasters Death Asian History
1979 Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Bhutto Is Hanged by Military Pakistan Political and Social Leaders Capital Punishment BBC Asian History
1981 San Antonio's Henry Cisneros Is First Mexican-American Elected Mayor of a Major U.S. City Henry Cisneros Politics Historic Firsts Hispanic Political and Social Leaders New York Times
1991 Senator John Heinz and Six Others Die In a Plane Collision with a Helicopter over Merion, Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Pennsylvania Air Disasters Death New York Times

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