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Cambodia: King's Birthday
(Day 1 of 3-day observance of the birthday of King Norodom Sihanouk: 11/31/1922)
1735 John Adams (Massachusetts-born Second President of the United States) John Adams The American Presidency
1815 Josť Manuel Gallegos (New Mexico's First Delegate to the U.S. Congress) Josť Manuel Gallegos U.S. Congress Latin-American Studies
1877 George John Schneider (Wisconsin-born Labor Leader and Member of the U.S. Congress) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1882 William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr (New Jersey-born U.S. World War II Naval Commander) Admiral Bill Halsey World War II Naval Military History
1925 Gus Savage (Detroit-born African-American Congressman) Gus Savage U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders
1945 John F. Baker (Iowa-born American Soldier Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor) Iowa Military Figures Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1862 Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell (Kentucky-born Union General: Died of Yellow Fever) Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell American Civil War Yellow Fever History Channel
1908 Caroline Schermerhorn Astor (New York City-born Wife of American Publisher, William Waldorf Astor) New York City Social and Political Leaders University of Virginia History Channel
1485 Henry VII Crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey English History British Monarchy Westminster Abbey
1629 England's King Charles I Grants a Charter to His Attorney General to Create a New Colony on Land South of Virginia King Charles I North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Colonial America University of Georgia
1775 U.S. Congress Appoints a Committee to Create the Country's First Naval Fleet U.S. Congress Naval Military History History Channel
1792 Point Vancouver, Washington Is Named for British Royal Navy Captain George Vancouver Washington State English River Website History Link
1800 Virginia Governor, James Monroe, Orders the Execution of a Slave Involved in Planning a Revolt in Richmond and the Surrounding Area Richmond, Virginia James Madison Slavery Crime Capital Punishment African-American Heritage Virginia Historical Society
1841 A Portion of the Tower of London Burns to the Ground London, England Fire Safety Roya Armouries Chambers Book of Days
1848 Henry H. Sibley Is Chosen to Represent the As-Yet Unrecognized Minnesota Territory in the U.S. Congress Minnesota Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
1862 Florida's Free Blacks and Unsupervised Slaves Are Ordered to Central Florida Away from Union Troops Florida Slavery African-American Heritage American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1863 USS Annie Seizes Blockade-running British Schooner, Meteor, Off Coast of Bayport, Florida Florida Naval Military History Florida Historical Society
1871 Benjamin F. Conley Is Sworn In as the Governor of Georgia, Replacing Rufus Bullock Who Had Resigned Georgia Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
1899 Two British Battalions Surrender to Boers at Nicholson's Nek South Africa Great Britain The Boer Wars South African History
1918 Revolution Breaks Out in Vienna as German National Council Emerges as New Government Germany Austria World War I League of Nations
The Ottoman Empire Signs Treaty with Allies Turkey World War I History Channel League of Nations
Slovaks and Czechs Agree to Unite to Form Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Slovakia European History League of Nations
1941 German U-boat Sinks U.S. Destroyer Reuben James Germany United States Naval History World War II
President Roosevelt Approves Lend-Lease Aid for USSR Soviet Union Franklin Roosevelt World War II Business & Economics History Channel
1944 Units Composed Primarily of Japanese-Americans Relieve a U.S. Regiment Surrounded by German Forces for a Week in France France Nazi Germany Asian-American Military Figures World War II LearnCalifornia
1953 George C. Marshall Selected for the Nobel Peace Prize The Marshall Plan 1953 Nobel Prize for Peace New York Times
President Eisenhower Approves Development of a U.S. Nuclear Arsenal President Eisenhower Nuclear Weapons The Cold War History Channel
1961 The Soviet Union Tests 58-megaton Hydrogen Bomb Russia Nuclear Weapons The Cold War BBC
Soviet Congress Agrees Unanimously Agrees to Remove Josef Stalin's Body from Lenin's Tomb Josef Stalin New York Times
1967 The Alabama Supreme Court Upholds Contempt-of-Court Convictions of Martin Luther King Jr. and Other Leaders of the 1963 Marches in Birmingham Birmingham, Alabama Alabama Supreme Court Martin Luther King Jr. Crime Civil Rights/Human Rights University of Georgia
1975 Prince Juan Carlos Assumes Power in Spain Juan Carlos History Channel
1979 Richard Arrington Is Elected as the First Black Mayor of Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham, Alabama Elections African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
1991 President George Bush Opens Historic Middle East Peace Conference in Spain Spain President George Bush World History BBC
1992 South Africa's President's Council Grants Immunity for All Political Crimes before October 8, 1990 South African Government Crime Law South African History
1995 Citizens of the Province of Quebec Narrowly Vote to Remain within the Federation of Canada Canada Elections History Channel

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