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St. Vincent and the Grenadines: National Day
(Commemorates establishment as independent sovereign state within the Commonwealth: 10/271979)
St. Vincent and the Grenadines The Commonwealth U.S. Department of State
Turkmenistan: National Day
(Day 1 of 2 commemorating proclamation of sovereignty from the Soviet Union: 10/27/1991)
Turkmenistan Soviet Union U.S. Department of State Turkmenistan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1401 Catherine of Valois (French Princess and Wife of England's King Henry V) French Political and Social Leaders English Political and Social Leaders British Royalty
1858 Theodore Roosevelt (New York City-born 26th President of the United States) New York City Political and Social Leaders Theodore Roosevelt The American Presidency 1906 Laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize
1906 Alfred Whitney Griswold (New Jersey-born Educator; president of Yale University: 1950-63) New Jersey Political and Social Leaders Noted Educators Yale University
1917 Oliver Tambo (South African President of the African National Congress: 1969-91) South African Political and Social Leaders Apartheid African National Congress African American Registry
Anna Langford (Ohio-born African-American Civil Rights Advocate) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights Law & Legal Resources African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1492 Columbus Sights Cuba Cuba Christopher Columbus Explorers Stanford University
1682 William Penn Arrives in New Castle, Delaware Aboard the Welcome William Penn New Castle, Delaware Quakers Colonial America State of Delaware
1787 First Federalist Paper Calling for Ratification of U.S. Constitution Is Published U.S. Constitution Library of Congress
1795 Treaty of San Lorenzo Provides for Free Navigation of the Mississippi River Spain Mississippi River Treaty of San Lorenzo New York Times
1811 Governor William Henry Harrison and His Troops Complete Construction of Fort Harrison Near Present Day Terre Haute, Indiana Terre Haute, Indiana William Henry Harrison Forts Indiana Historical Society
1864 Union Troops Are Turned Back at the Battle of Hatcher's Run (Burgess Mill) Virginia Battle of Hatcher's Run History Channel
Union Saboteurs Sink the Confederate Ironclad Albermarle Near Plymouth, North Carolina Plymouth, North Carolina Naval Military History American Civil War Wisconsin Historical Society
1880 Theodore Roosevelt Marries Alice Lee Theodore Roosevelt New York Times
1954 Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. First African-American Promoted to Air Force General Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. Aviation African-American Military Figures Historic Firsts African American Registry
1960 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Released from Georgia State Prison Georgia Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1962 Negotiations Produce Plan to End the Cuban Missile Crisis Cuba Soviet Union Cuban Missile Crisis The Cold War History Channel
1966 U.N. Strips South Africa of its Mandate to Govern South-West Africa (Namibia) South Africa Namibia United Nations
1967 Expo '67 Closes in Montreal Canada New York Times
1968 6,000 Demonstrate Against Vietnam War Outside the US Embassy in London London Vietnam War Human Rights BBC
1971 In Accordance with President's Africanization Plan, Republic of Congo Changes Name to Zaire Democratic Republic of Congo Mt. Holyoke University
1978 Anwar Sadat & Menachem Begin Chosen Nobel Laureates for Peace Anwar Sadat Israeli Leaders 1978 Nobel Peace Prize New York Times
1979 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Gain Independence within Commonwealth St. Vincent and the Grenadines The Commonwealth U.S. Department of State
1991 Turkmenistan Proclaims Its Sovereignty from the Soviet Union Turkmenistan Soviet Union Turkmenistan Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1998 Luxury Sailing Vessel Fantome Sinks Off Honduras in Hurricane Mitch, All Crew Perish Honduras Naval History Hurricanes Death History Link
1999 Armenian Prime Minister Sarkisyan Assassinated While Speaking to Parliament Armenia Human Right Watch

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