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Namibia: Heroes' Day
(Observed annually on this date in remembrance of distinguished Namibians)
Namibia U.S. Department of State
1676 Robert Walpole (The First Prime Minister of England) Robert Walpole
1813 Harrison Reed (Massachusetts-born 9th Governor of Florida) Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Florida Political and Social Leaders Florida State Historical Society
1819 Prince Albert (German-born Consort of Queen Victoria of England) Prince Albert British Political and Social Leaders Queen Victoria
1895 Earl Long (Governor of Louisiana: 1939-1940, 1948-52, 1956-1960) Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Louisiana Secretary of  State
1898 Peggy Guggenheim (New York City-born Art Collector, Philanthropist) Peggy Guggenheim Museums Art Guggenheim Museum NY
1935 Geraldine Ferraro (New York-born Democratic Candidate for Vice=President of the United States) Geraldine Ferraro Politics & Elections Women The American Presidency
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1346 Longbows Help Edward III's English Army Defeat the French at Battle of CrÉcy England France Historic UK Chambers Book of Days History Channel
1776 General Washington Orders the Distribution of Documents Encouraging Hessian Mercenary Soldiers to Desert the British Army Great Britain Germany George Washington American Revolution History Channel
1777 In Delaware, General Washington Reconnoiters from Iron Hill Near Newark to Observe Movements of the British Army Outside Elkton Great Britain Delaware George Washington American Revolution State of Delaware
1789 The National Assembly of France Adopts the Declaration of the Rights of Man France The Rights of Man French Revolution Yale University
1815 Spain Grants the Island of Key West to the Governor of Florida for Services Rendered Spain Key West. Florida Florida Historical Association
1847 Liberia Is Proclaimed an Independent Republic Liberia New York Times
1854 In Winchester, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln Speaks Out Against the Kansas-Nebraska Act Winchester, Illinois Abraham Lincoln Kansas-Nebraska Act Slavery Lincoln Logs
1914 The German 8th Army Strikes the Advancing Russian 2nd Army at Tannenberg in East Prussia Russia Germany World War I History Channel
1930 Partido Kommunista Ng Pilipinas (PKP) Founded by Evangelista Cristo in Manila Republic of the Philippines Terrorism U.S. Government
1944 French General Charles de Gaulle Enters a Liberated Paris Charles de Gaulle Liberation of Paris World Wat II European History History Channel
1957 Soviet Union Successfully Tests an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Soviet The Cold War History Channel
1959 Eisenhower Speech in Bonn Affirms U.S. Support for West Germany Germany Presdient Dwight Eisenhower Cold War BBC
1964 Lyndon Johnson Receives Democratic Nomination for President Lyndon Johnson American Presidents 1964 Democratic Presidential Convention History Channel
1967 George E. Day Is Shot Down and Captured in North Vietnam George E. Day Vietnam War Medal of Honor History Channel
1968 In Chicago, the Opening of the Democratic National Convention Is Disrupted by War Protests Chicago American Presidents 1968 Deomcratic Convention Vietnam War History Channel
1975 Peace Talks Collapse Between Rhodesian Government and African National Council (ANC) Africa Zimbabwe Human Rights/Civil Rights BBC
1978 Cardinal Albino Luciani Elected 264th Roman Catholic Pope (John Paul I) Religion Pope John Paul I New York Times
1980 A 1,000-Pound Bomb Is Discovered in a Nevada Casino Nevada Crime Terrorism History Channel
1981 In Koblenz, Germany Steve Ovett Sets World Record for the Mile Run (3:48.4), but It Will Only Stand for Two Days Germany Steve Ovett Track & Field University of Plymouth
1982 NASA Launches a Telesat Communications Satellite for Canada Canada Space Exploration NASA
1985 South African Runner, Zola Budd, Smashes World Record for 5000m Zola Budd Track and Field BBC South African History
1992 No-Fly Zone Established in Southern Iraq, South of Latitude 32 Degrees North Iraq Gulf War Aviation History Television News Archive
1994 British Man Receives First Battery-Operated Heart Great Britain Medical Research Artificial Heart Historic Firsts BBC
1996 Former South African Police Colonel Is Convicted for the Murders of Black anti-Apartheid Activists South Africa Apartheid Crime Law and Legal Resources South African History
1997 F.W. de Klerk Resigns As Head of South Africa's National Party F.W. de Klerk South African History
1998 Government Reopens Investigation of Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Law & Legal Resources United States Department of Justice
2003 Investigation Board Issues Final Report on Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster NASA

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