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1791 James Buchanan (Pennsylvania-born President of the United States) Pennsylvania Political and Social Leaders James Buchanan The American Presidency
1812 Frederick Whitaker (English Politician, Business Leader; Prime Minister of New Zealand: 1863-64, 1882-83) English Political Leaders New Zealand Political Leaders
1813 Stephen A. Douglas (Vermont-born U.S. Senator and Candidate for President of the United States v. Abraham Lincoln) Stephen A. Douglas U.S. Senate Abraham Lincoln The American Presidency
1823 Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb (Georgia-born Lawyer, Educator, Confederate General) Georgia Military Figures American Civil War University of Georgia
1897 Lester B. Pearson (Prime Minister of Canada: 1963-1968) Canadian Political & Social Leaders
1898 Lucius Clay (Georgia-born Military and Business Leader, Advisor to General/President Dwight Eisenhower) Georgia Military Figures U.S. Government President Dwight Eisenhower World War II Business University of Georgia
1947 Bernadette Devlin (Northern Ireland Political Activist, Member of the British Parliament) Northern Irish Political & Social Leaders Human Rights
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1985 Sam Ervin (North Carolina-born U.S. Senator) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Law and Legal Resources Watergate Hearings
1998 James Earl Ray (Illinois-born Convicted Assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) James Earl Ray Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Notorious Amercians BBC Court TV University of Georgia
2007 Boris Yeltsin (Russia's First Elected President) Boris Yeltsin
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1014 King Brian of Ireland Is Murdered by Vikings Irish Political and Social Leaders Death History Channel
1348 The Highest British Knighthood, Order of the Garter, Is Created British History Greenwich Guide
1445 England's Henry VI Marries Margaret of Anjou British Political and Social Leaders British Monarchy Greenwich Guide
1509 Henry VIII Is Proclaimed King of England British Political and Social Leaders Henry VIII Greenwich Guide
1661 Charles II Is Crowned King of England British Political and Social Leaders Charles II Greenwich Guide
1752 Ending Two Decades as a Trustee Colony, Georgia Is Made a Royal Colony Operated by the British Government British Government Georgia Colonial Georgia University of Georgia
1778 John Paul Jones Burns Down an English Fort, Beginning the Only American Attack on England and Scotland England John Paul Jones American Revolution Forts Naval Military History Historic Firsts History Channel
1789 Large Crowds Greet George Washington as He Arrives in New York City to Begin His Service as First President of the United States New York City George Washington Presidency New York Times New York Historical Society
1863 U.S.S. Tioga Seizes the British Sloop Justina Bound From Florida to Nassau with a Cargo of Salt Great Britain Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 President Lincoln Accepts Offer for an Additional 85,000 Troops from Governors of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin Illinois Government Indiana Government Iowa Government Ohio Government Wisconsin Government President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Logs
1908 President Theodore Roosevelt Signs Act Creating the U.S. Army Reserve President Theodore Roosevelt American Presidents Historic U.S. Documents U.S. Army Reserve New York Times
1915 English Poet Rupert Brooke Dies in Greece English Authors Greece World War I Poetry Death History Channel
1942 German Bombing Raids Target British Landmarks Nazi Germany Great Britain British Cathedrals WWII Aviation Military Hisory History Channel
1945 President Truman Meets Soviet Minister Vyacheslav Molotov The Soviet Union Harry Truman Cold War History Channel
1949 Chinese Communist Forces Capture Nanjing China War Asian History
1975 President Ford Refuses Additional Aid as North Vietnamese Close on Saigon, Saying U.S. Is Finished in Vietnam Vietnam War Gerald Ford History Channel

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