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Paraguay: Independence Day
(Commemorates the overthrow of Spanish governor: 05/15/1811)
Paraguay Spain U.S. Embassy Paraguay
1773 Clemens Von Metternich (Austrian Statesman; Minister of Foreign Affairs) Austria
1817 Debendranath Tagore (Indian Hindu Philosopher, Religious Reformer) India Hinduism Philosophy
1860 Ellen Louise Axson (Georgia-born Wife of President Woodrow Wilson) Georgia Political and Social Leaders President Woodrow Wilson The White House University of Georgia
1898 Richard Leche (Governor of Louisiana: 1936-1939) New Orleans Political and Social Leaders Politics Louisiana Secretary of State
1902 Richard Daley (Mayor of Chicago) Chicago Political and Social Leaders Politics New York Times
1916 Catherine East (West Virginia-born Women's Rights Advocate) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Women Human Rights/Civil Rights
1919 Mary Eugenia Charles (Prime Minister of Dominica: 1980-1995) Dominican Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1920 Lynn Ellsworth Stalbaum (Wisconsin-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1925 Carl Sanders (Governor of Georgia) Georgia Political and Social Leaders Politics University of Georgia
1937 Madeleine Albright (Czech-American Stateswoman; First Female U.S. Secretary of State) Madeleine Albright President Bill Clinton U.S. Secretary of State
1938 William A. Steiger (Wisconsin-born Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1926 Albert Waller Gilchrist (20th Governor of Florida: 1909-1913) Florida Political and Social Leaders Politics Florida Historical Society
1948 Father Edward Flanagan, (Irish Immigrant Who Founded Girls and Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska) Irish Political and Social Leaders Omaha, Nebraska Catholicism Girls and Boys Town Concordia
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1567 Mary Queen of Scots Marries Bothwell in Edinburgh Scottish Political and Social Leaders Mary Queen of Scots Historic UK
1702 War of Spanish Succession Begins with England Declaring War on France England France War University of Wisconsin
1755 The Family of Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza Founds Laredo, Texas Laredo, Texas Hispanic Heritage Laredo, Texas Texas State Historical Society
1781 Patriots Capture Fort Granby, South Carolina From British Loyalist Forces South Carolina American Revolution History Channel
1791 President George Washington Leaves Savannah, Georgia to Visit Augusta Georgia President George Washington University of Georgia
1800 President John Adams Orders the Federal Government to Make the Move to Washington, D.C U.S. Government Washington, D.C. Philadelphia President John Adams History Channel
1861 President Lincoln Reviews 6,000 Troops from New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania New York Massachusetts Pennsylvania President Abraham Lincoln American Civil War Lincoln Papers
1864 VMI Cadets Help Repel Union Advance at New Market, Virginia Virginia Battle of New Market VMI History Channel
Sherman's Army Crosses Georgia's Oostanaula River Forcing Confederates to Retreat Georgia William Tecumseh Sherman University of Georgia
1902 Peace Conference Begins to End South Africa's Second Anglo-Boer War South Africa Boer War South African History
1916 The Austrian Army Attacks the Italians on the Trentino Front in Northern Italy Austria Italy World War I History Channel
White Vigilantes in Waco, Texas Torture, Burn and Mutilate a 17-year-old African-American Farmhand Waco, Texas Racism Death African-American Heritage Waco, Texas African American Registry Texas State Historical Society
1918 Two African-Americans Awarded France's Croix de Guerre France WWI African-American History
1941 The First Allied Jet Is Successfully Tested Over England Great Britain World War II Aviation Military History Historic Firsts History Channel
1942 Congress Establishes Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (WAAC) U.S. Congress Women Law World War II History Channel
Gasoline Rationing Goes in Effect in 17 States (3 gallons/week) Automobiles World War II New York Times
1948 Hours after Being Created 5 Neighbor Nations Attack Israel Israel Egypt Iraq Lebanon New York Times
1954 Queen Elizabeth II Returns to London After 6-month Tour of the Commonwealth The British Commonwealth British Political and Social Leaders Queen Elizabeth II Naval History BBC
1957 Great Britain Tests Its First Hydrogen Bomb over Christmas Island Great Britain Nuclear Weapons Historic Firsts BBC
1969 Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas Resigns Amid Controversy U.S. Supreme Court New York Times
1970 International Olympic Committee Renews its Ban of South Africa from the Games South Africa The Olympic Games South African History
1974 Palestinian Terrorists Invade an Israeli School, Taking Student Hostage: 16 Students Die Israel Education Terrorism Death BBC
1988 Soviet Union Begins Withdrawing Troops from Afghanistan Afghanistan Soviet Union Cold War History Channel
1989 Mikhail Gorbachev Arrives in Beijing for Sino-Soviet Summit Mikhail Gorbachev China World History TV News Archive
1991 Winnie Mandela Is Sentenced to Six Years for Complicity in Kidnapping and Beating Four Youths South African Political and Social Leaders Nelson Mandela Crime Law South African History

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