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Liberia: Redemption Day
(Commemorates the coup of 04/12/1980)
Liberia Expedia OnWar
1724 Lyman Hall (Connecticut-born Georgia Signer of the Declaration of Independence and State Governor) Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Georgia Political and Social Leaders Declaration of Independence University of Georgia
1777 Henry Clay (Virginia-born Statesman) Henry Clay U.S. Congress
1825 Richard Harvey Cain (Virginia-born African-American Congressman from South Carolina) Virginia Political and Social Leaders South Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1905 Warren Magnuson (Minnesota-born U.S. Senator from the State of Washington) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Washington Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress History Link
1907 Helen Claytor (Minnesota-born African-American Advocate for Civil Rights and Women's Rights) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Women African-American Political and Social Leaders YWCA African American Registry
1936 Tony Earl (Michigan-born Governor of Wisconsin: 1983-1987) Michigan Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders Wisconsin Historical Society
1937 Dennis Banks (Minnesota-born Indian Rights Activist) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Native-American Heritage Human Rights/Civil Rights
1942 Jacob Zuma (South African Political Leader) South African Political and Social Leaders South African History
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
6 B.C. Seneca (Roman Philosopher, Ordered to Death by Nero) Roman Empire Philosophy Chambers
1925 William Ellsworth Glasscock (Former Governor of West Virginia) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Politics West Virginia Archives
1945 Franklin Roosevelt (President of the United States) Franklin Delano Roosevelt The American Presidency History Channel New York Times
1989 Abbie Hoffman (Massachusetts-born Counter Culture Leader - Drug Overdose) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Vietnam War Human Rights Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
2006 William Sloane Coffin (New York City-born Peace Activist) New York City Political and Social Leaders Vietnam War Religion National Public Radio
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1204 Armies of the Fourth Crusade Seize and Sack Constantinople Turkey Religion The Crusades University of Michigan Concordia
1606 King James VI's Union Flag Symbolizes Merger of Scotland & England English History Scotland Know Britain Historic UK
1776 North Carolina's Halifax Resolves First to Call for Independence North Carolina Colonial U.S. History North Carolina State Library Library of Congress
1782 The British Navy Earns a Decisive Victory over the French Fleet in the West Indies British Military Figures French Military Figures West Indies Naval History Chambers Book of Days
1834 President Andrew Jackson Signs Treaty of Payne's Landing Intended to End Hostilities with the Seminoles Florida President Andrew Jackson Seminole Indians Historic American Documents Florida Historical Society
1836 Mexican Forces under General Santa Anna Capture Thompson's Ferry on the Brazos River Santa Anna Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1854 Vigilantes Hang Two Snohomish Indians in Seattle, Washington's Pioneer Square Seattle, Washington Native American Heritage Capital Punishment History Link
1861 Confederates Forces Fire on Fort Sumter, South Carolina at 4:30 a.m., Starting the U.S. Civil War Fort Sumter Fort Sumter Historic Firsts Tulane University
1862 Union Spies Steal the Confederate Railroad Engine The General Beginning the "Great Locomotive Chase" Georgia American Civil War Railroads University of Georgia
Federal Forces Place the City of St. Augustine, Florida Under Martial Law St. Augustine, Florida American Civil War St. Augustine, Florida Florida Historical Society
1863 U.S.S. Annie Captures the Schooner Mattie Off the Florida Gulf Coast Florida American Civil War Naval History Florida Historical Society
1864 Confederates Overrun Ft. Pillow, TN and Slaughter 574 Union Troops in Crossfire Tennessee Battle of Fort Pillow National Park Service
1865 Confederates Surrender Mobile, Alabama - Their Last Port City Alabama American Civil War U.S. General Services Agency
President Lincoln Denies Permission That Would Allow the Virginia General Assembly to Reconvene Virginia Government President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1916 An Attorney, a Game Warden and 3 Lawmen Are Indicted for Helping Mexican General Josť Inez Salazar Escape from an Albuquerque, New Mexico Jail. Mexican Political Figures Albuquerque, New Mexcio Crime New Mexico Magazine
1917 In Northern France, Canadian Troops Seize Vimy Ridge from the Germans France Canada Military Figures Germany World War I History Channel
1961 Yuri Gagarin Is First Man in Space, Orbiting Almost 2 Hours Yuri Gagarin Russian Space Program Historic Firsts History Channel BBC
1975 Khmer Rouge Force the Evacuation of the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia Cambodia U.S. Government History Channel BBC
1981 U.S. Olympic Committee Endorses Boycott of Moscow Games Soviet Union Moscow Olympic Games The Cold War
1983 Harold Washington Is Elected as the First African-American Mayor of Chicago Chicago Famous African-Americans Historic Firsts Chicago Public Library New York Times
1985 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery, with Senator Jake Garn Aboard U.S. Congress The Space Shuttle Kennedy Space Center
1997 Bosnian Police Discover Mines under a Bridge Before the Arrival of Pope John Paul II Bosnia Pope John Paul II Religion BBC
1999 President Clinton Is Found in Contempt of Court for Giving ''Intentionally False'' Testimony Impeachment of President Clinton Law CNN
2010 President Obama Hosts a 2-Day World Nuclear Security Summit Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama Nuclear Weapons Control NPR

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