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1684 Catherine I (Empress of Russia) Russian Political & Social Leaders
1859 Luren D. Dickinson (New York-born Governor of Michigan) New York Political and Social Leaders Michigan  Political and Social Leaders State of Michigan
1883 Stanley Bruce (Australian Prime Minister: 1923-29) Australian Political and Social Leaders
1883 Stanley Bruce (Australian Prime Minister: 1923-29) Australian Political and Social Leaders
1889 A. Philip Randolph (Florida-born African-American Labor Activist; Founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters) Florida Political and Social Leaders Railroad Labor African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry New York Times Biography.com
1915 Walter Washington (Georgia-born First African-American Mayor of Washington, D.C.) Georgia. Political and Social Leaders Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Politics African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1922 Harold Washington (First African-American Mayor of Chicago) Chicago Political & Social Leaders Politics African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1865 Abraham Lincoln (Kentucky-born President of the United States: Assassination) Washington, D.C. Kentucky Political and Social Leaders. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Lincoln Log History Channel History Link
1872 Peter Godwin Van Winkle (New York City-born United States Senator From West Virginia) New York City Political and Social Leaders. West Virginia Political and Social Leaders. U.S. Congress West Virginia State Archive
1998 Pol Pot (Cambodian Dictator; Founder of the Khmer Rouge) Pol Pot
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1741 In London, the Georgia Trustees Divide the Colony into Two Counties -- Savannah and Frederica England Georgia Cities and Counties Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1776 Georgia's Provincial Congress Issues Its Rules and Regulations as a Provisional Constitution Until Adoption of the State Constitution of 1777 Georgia Colonial Georgia Historic U.S. Documents University of Georgia
1783 The Continental Congress Ratifies Preliminary Articles of Peace Ending the Revolutionary War with Great Britain Great Britain Continental Congress Historic U.S. Documents American Revolution History Channel Library of Congress
1800 The U.S. Congress Approves the Harrison Land Act Providing Settlers the Right to Purchase Land in the Northwest Territory Ohio U.S. Congress Westward Expansion Law Ohio Historical Society
1813 U.S. Forces Seize Control of Alabama's Ft. Charlotte and Mobile from Spain Spain Alabama Hispanic Heritage Alabama Archives
1825 The Government of Mexico Issues Contracts to Encourage the Settlement of Texas Mexico Texas Business Texas State Historical Association
1861 Abraham Lincoln Issues Proclamation Calling for 75,000 Militia and Convening Congress Abraham Lincoln U.S. Congress American Civil War New York Times Lincoln Log
Wisconsin Governor Alexander W. Randall Receives a Telegram from Washington, D.C. Requesting One Regiment of 780 Men to Serve for 3 Months Wisconsin The Telegraph American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
1862 President Lincoln Sends to Senate Treaty with "Sac and Fox, of the Missouri, and the Iowa Tribes, of Indians" Iowa Missouri Abraham Lincoln U.S. Congress Native American Heritage Lincoln Log
The 6th Florida Infantry Regiment Is Mustered into Confederate Service At Chattahoochee Chattahoochee, Florida American Civil War Florida Historical Society
The Indecisive Battle of Peralta Is the Last Civil War Conflict Fought in New Mexico Peralta, New Mexico American Civil War New Mexico Magazine
1863 The U.S.S. William G. Anderson Captures the Confederate Schooner, Royal Yacht, Carrying Cotton Off of Florida's Gulf Coast Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Sends to the Senate a Supplemental Treaty with the Chippewa Indians Abraham Lincoln U.S. Congress Chippewa Indians Lincoln Log
1865 President Lincoln Is Pronounced Dead at 7:22 a.m. Washington, D.C. Kentucky Political and Social Leaders. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency Death Lincoln Log History Channel History Link
Andrew Johnson Becomes the 17th President of the United States After the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Tennessee Political and Social Leaders Andrew Johnson The American Presidency New York Times
1866 The Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association Is Formed to Help Honor Living and Deceased Confederate Veterans Atlanta, Georgia Women American Civil War University of Georgia
1869 The Supreme Court Rules That Texas Has the Right to Sue in U.S. Federal Courts Despite Having Seceded From the Union Texas U.S. Supreme Court Law Texas State Historical Association
1900 Paris International Exposition Opens Paris Canadian Government
1912 The Titanic Sinks in North Atlantic off Coast of Newfoundland The Titanic Naval History Death History Link History Channel New York Times Center for the Study of Technology and Society University of Georgia Wisconsin Historical Society
1918 British Evacuate Passchendaele Ridge Great Britain World War I History Channel
The First Marine Aviation Squadron Is Created at Miami, Florida's Naval Air Station Miami, Florida Aviation Military History World War I Historic Firsts U.S. Marine Corps Florida Historical Society
1944 Soviets Capture Tarnopol in Poland The Soviet Union Poland World War II History Channel
1945 Franklin Roosevelt Is Buried at Hyde Park Franklin Roosevelt Death FDR Library
British and Canadian Troops Liberate the Nazi Concentration Camp Bergen-Belsen Canada Great Britain Nazi Germany The Holocaust World War II BBC
1954 In Johannesburg, South Africa, African National Congress Member Walter Sisulu Protests the Forced Removal of Blacks From Places Marked "For Whites Only" Walter Sisulu Apartheid Propaganda South African History
1959 Cuban Revolutionary Fidel Castro Visits the United States Fidel Castro The Cold War History Channel
1970 U.S. Withdraws the 1st Infantry from Vietnam Vietnam War History Channel
1986 A United States Air Raid Kills 37 People in Libya, Most of Them Civilians Libya Aviation Military History War Death BBC
1992 The United Nation Sanctions Libya for Harboring Suspects of the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing United Nations Libya Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 Terrorism South African History U.S. Department of Energy
1996 South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission Begins Formal Hearings in East London South Africa Apartheid South African History
2000 White farmer, Davis Stevens, Is Shot Dead in Zimbabwe by Squatters Occupying His Land Zimbabwe Racism Farming and Agriculture Death South African History BBC
2002 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Returns to Office Two Days after Being Ousted and Arrested Venezuela Political and Social Leaders PBS
Bryron White Retires as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Colorado Political and Social Leaders U.S. Supreme Court New York Times

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