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1803 Nathan Clifford (New Hampshire-born Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court) Nathan Clifford U.S. Supreme Court Oyez
1830 Francis Joseph (Austrian-born Emperor of Austria (1848-1916) and King of Hungary (1867-1916)) Austrian Political and Social Leaders Hungarian Political and Social Leaders
1854 James P. Clarke (Mississippi-born U.S. Senator from Arkansas; Governor of Arkansas: 1895-97) Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Arkansas History Commission
1871 Francis John McConnell (Ohio-born Methodist Bishop, Religious Reformer) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders
1917 Caspar Weinberger (California-born Cabinet Member of the Nixon and Reagan Administrations) Caspar Weinberger Richard Nixon Ronald Reagan
1927 Rosalyn Carter (Georgia-born Wife of U.S. President Jimmy Carter) Rosalyn Carter Jimmy Carter American Women in Politics & Government
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1227 Genghis Khan (Mongolian Warrior and Leader) Genghis Khan China
1276 Pope Adrian V (Ottobuono Fieschi: Italian Pope of the Catholic Church)) Italian Political and Social Leaders Pope Adrian V Religion
1559 Pope Paul IV (Italian Pope of the Catholic Church) Italian Political and Social Leaders Pope Paul IV Religion
1989 Luis Carlos Galán (Assassinated Colombian Presidential Candidate) Luis Carlos Galan Politics & Elections
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1759 The British Destroy a French Fleet at Lagos, Portugal England France Portugal Naval History War Houghton Mifflin
1813 Spanish Royalist Army Slaughters Gutiérrez-Magee TX Republicans: 1400 Die Spain Texas Republic Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1824 Mexican Congress Passes National Law for the Colonization of Texas Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1826 Scotland's Alexander Gordon Laing Is First European to Reach Timbuktu Scotland Mali Howard Community College
1846 General Kearney's Forces Peacefully Capture Santa Fe, New Mexico New Mexcio Mexican-American War El Paso County Community College District New Mexico Magazine
1852 Oregon Pioneer James Failing Presides Over a Meeting in Portland to Raise Money on Behalf of Destitute Immigrants Oregon Immigration Philanthropy SalemOregon.com
1870 Prussians Defeat the French at Gravelotte: 28,000 casualties Germany France Franco-Prussian War Death Nationmaster
1920 Tennessee 36th State to Ratify 19th Amendment - Women's Voting Rights Tennessee 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Women's Suffrage Voting U.S. Constitution Online
1941 Hitler Suspends Euthanasia of Mentally Ill and Handicapped Adolph Hitler Mental Health Special Education Death History Channel
1964 South Africa Is Banned from Olympic Games Because of Apartheid Policies Apartheid The Olympic Games BBC
1971 Australia and New Zealand Announce Troop Withdrawal from Vietnam Australia New Zealand Vietnam War History Channel
1988 Indiana Senator Dan Quayle Is Nominated as George Bush's Running Mate Dan Quayle President George Bush Politics & Elections American Rhetoric
1989 Leading Colombian Presidential Candidate Luis Carlos Galán Is Assassinated Colombia Politics & Elections Crime Death BBC
1990 U.S. Frigates Fire Warning Shots Across Bows of Two Iraqi Tankers Iraq Naval History Gulf War Kuwait Information Office
1991 Soviet Government/Military Leaders Attempt Coup Against President Gorbachev Mikhail Gorbachev Fall of Soviet Communism History Channel
1996 San Jose Mercury Links CIA to Nicaraguan Contra Drugs Brought to Black LA Los Angeles Iran-Contra Scandal CIA Journalism Illegal Drugs African-American Studies PBS