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563 Gautama Buddha (Founder of Buddhism) Buddhism The History Channel
1726 Lewis Morris (New York-born Signer of the Declaration of Independence) New York Political and Social Leaders Declaration of Independence
1731 William Williams (Connecticut-born Signer of the Declaration of Independence) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Declaration of Independence
1771 William Rabun (North Carolina-born Governor of Georgia; Namesake of Rabun County, Georgia) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Rabun County, Georgia University of Georgia
1842 Elizabeth Bacon Custer (Michigan-born Wife of General George Armstrong Custer) Michigan Political and Social Leaders George Armstrong Custer History Channel
1865 Albion Fellows Bacon (Indiana-born Advocate for Quality Public Housing) Indiana Political and Social Leaders Housing Britannica
1875 Albert I, King of the Belgium (1909-1934) Belgian Political and Social Leaders World War I
1899 Zaphaniah Alexander Looby (British West Indies-born African-American Attorney, Civil Rights Activist) Antiguan Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights Law African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1918 Betty Ford (Chicago-born Wife of U.S. President Gerald Ford) Betty Ford President Gerald Ford Substance Abuse
1938 Kofi Annan (Secretary General of the United Nations) Kofi Annan UN
1939 Martin Schreiber (Governor of Wisconsin) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1947 Tom DeLay (Texas-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Texas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Biography.com
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
217 Caracalla (Roman Emperor - Assassinated) Roman Empire Political and Social Leaders
858 Pope Benedict III (Roman Catholic Pope) Religious Leaders and Theologians Roman Catholic Popes
1364 John I (King of England) French Political and Social Leaders Chambers Book of Days
1905 Cullen Andrews Battle (Georgia-born Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German Theologian Hanged by the Nazis) German Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany Religious Leaders and Theologians Capital Punishment World War II The History Channel
1981 Omar Bradley (Missouri-born U.S. General in World War II) Missouri Military Figures American Military Leaders World War II The History Channel
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1778 John Adams Replaces Sila Deane as a Member of the American Commission in Paris, France Paris, France Silas Deane U.S. Government John Adams The History Channel
1795 George, Prince of Wales (the Future King George IV of England) Marries Caroline Amelia Elizabeth England Political and Social Leaders British Royalty Greenwich Guide
1861 The Confederate Government Requisitions Another 1,500 Men from Florida for Duty with the Confederate Army Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown Takes Possession of the U.S. Mint at Dahlonega Dahlonega, Georgia Economics American Civil War University of Georgia
1863 The U.S.S. Gem of the Sea Captures the British Blockade Runner Maggie Fulton Off the Indian River Inlet Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 Confederates Rout a Much Larger Union Force at Mansfield, Louisiana Mansfield, Louisiana Battle of  Mansfield The History Channel Texas State Historical Association
More Than 500 Federal Troops Are Evacuated From Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1871 Robert Louis Stevenson Gives Up Engineering to Be a Writer Robert Louis Stevenson Writer's Almanac
1904 Britain and France Sign the Entente Cordiale, Resolving Long-Standing Colonial Disputes in North Africa Africa Great Britain France Historic World Documents The History Channel
1908 Herbert Henry Asquith Becomes Prime Minister of England English Political and Social Leaders CNN
1918 Thousands Turn Out to Buy War Bonds From Douglas Fairbanks and Charlie Chaplin in New York City's Financial District Charlie Chaplin Douglas Fairbanks New York City World War I The History Channel
1935 President Franklin Roosevelt Signs the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act Authorizing the Works Progress Administration (WPA) U.S. Senate Franklin Roosevelt Works Progress Administration Library of Congress Writer's Almanac The History Channel
1942 The U.S. War Production Board Orders a Halt to All Production Not Necessary to the War U.S. Government Economics World War II The History Channel
German Submarine U-123 Sinks the SS Oklahoma and Esso Oil Tanker Baton Rouge in a Torpedo Attack Off Georgia's St. Simons Island Nazi Germany St. Simons Island, Georgia Naval Military History World War II DeathII University of Georgia
1944 Soviets Attack Germans to Recover Crimea Soviet Union Nazi Germany World War II The History Channel
1945 Nazi Troops Hang Dissident German Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Political and Social Leaders Nazi Germany Religious Leaders and Theologians Capital Punishment World War II Death The History Channel
1946 League of Nations Convenes in Geneva, Switzerland for the 21st and Last Time The League of Nations Indiana University
1950 Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy Accuses Professor Owen Lattimore of Being a Communist Joe McCarthy Red Scare The History Channel
1953 British Rulers Convict Jomo Kenyatta of Leading Mau Mau Violence Against White Settlers and the Colonial Government Great Britain Jomo Kenyatta Terrorism Law The History Channel BBC
1970 Senate Rejects Nixon's Nomination of Carswell for the Supreme Court U.S. Senate Richard Nixon Supreme Court Nixon Archives New York Times
1989 In Johannesburg, South Africa, Four Political Parties Merge to Form the Democratic Party Johannesburg, South Africa South African History
1993 Macedonia Is Accepted As a Member of the United Nations Macedonia United Nations
2005 Leaders from 200+ Nations Attend Funeral Mass for Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II Religion Catholicism New York Times

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