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Israel: Balfour Declaration Day
(Commemorates the Balfour Declaration promising Palestine as a Jewish national home: 11/02/1917)
Balfour Declaration Great Britain World War I Hagshama
1734 Marie Antoinette (Austrian-born Queen Consort to French King Louis VXI) Austrian Political and Social Leaders Marie Antoinette French Political and Social Leaders French Revolution
1795 James K. Polk (North Carolina-born 29th President of the United States: 1845-49) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders James K. Polk The American Presidency
1815 Isaac Pigeon Walker (West Virginia-born Member of the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin) West Virginia Political and Social Leader Wisconsin Political and Social Leader U.S. Congress Wisconsin Historical Society
1847 Georges Sorel (French Social Theorist and Socialist Revolutionary) French Political and Social Leaders
1865 Warren G. Harding (Ohio-born 29th President of the United States: 1921-3) Ohio Political and Social Leaders Warren G. Harding The American Presidency
1893 Orland S. Loomis (Elected Governor of Wisconsin, but Died Before Being Inaugurated) Wisconsin Political and Social Leader Wisconsin Historical Society
1897 Richard B. Russell Jr. (Georgia Governor and Congressman) Georgia Political and Social Leader U.S. Congress University of Georgia
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1483 Henry Stafford (Duke of Buckingham: Beheaded by England's King Richard III) English Political and Social Leaders King Richard III
1919 John B. Heim (Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin) Madison, Wisconsin Wisconsin Historical Society
1963 Ngo Dinh Diem (President of South Vietnam: Assassination) Ngo Dinh Diem Death The History Channel
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1164 Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, Begins Six-year Exile in France Great Britain France King Henry II Religion Concordia
1483 Duke of Buckingham Beheaded for Rebellion Against King Richard III Great Britain King Richard III Death CNN
1721 Peter the Great Proclaims Himself Emperor of All Russia Peter the Great CNN
1778 4-year-old Frances Slocum Is Stolen from Her Pennsylvania Home by Delaware Indians Frances Slocum Delaware Indians Rootsweb
1783 Gen. George Washington Issues Farewell Address to the Army in New Jersey New Jersey George Washington U.S. Military Leaders The New York Times
1789 The French State Seizes Property of the Church France French Revolution Religion Concordia
1841 Afghans Revolt Against British Occupying Kabul, Killing 24 Afghanistan Great Britain Death CNN
1861 President Lincoln Removes John C. Fremont from the Western Command John C. Fremont President Lincoln The American Civil War The History Channel
1880 James A. Garfield Narrowly Defeats Winfield Hancock for President James A. Garfield The American Presidency Presidential Elections Harper's Weekly
1917 British Foreign Secretary Balfour Commits Palestine as a Jewish Homeland Balfour Declaration Great Britain World War I The History Channel
1920 Warren G. Harding Handily Defeats James Cox for President Warren G. Harding The American Presidency Presidential Elections Library of Congress
First Presidential Election in Which Women Are Allowed to Vote Warren G. Harding The American Presidency Presidential Elections Women Historic Firsts
1930 Haile Selassie is Crowned Emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie Nationmaster
1938 Germany and Italy Cede to Hungary 1/5th of Slovakia's Territory Slovakia Germany Italy Hungary Slovakian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
1942 British Forces Break through Rommel's Defensive Line at El Alamein, Egypt Egypt Great Britain Irwin Rommel World War II The History Channel
1948 Truman Defeats Thomas Dewey in Greatest Presidential Upset in History Harry Truman The American Presidency Presidential Elections The History Channel
Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Wins His First of Three Elections to the U.S. Senate Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Hubert Humphrey U.S. Congress Minnesota Historical Society
1951 6,000 British Troops Airlifted to Egypt to Quell Suez Canal Unrest Suez Canal Great Britain BBC
1953 Pakistan's Parliament Declares the Country an Islamic Republic Pakistan Islam CNN
1954 Charles Diggs Is Elected As Michigan's First African American Congressman Michigan Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts State of Michigan
1959 Charles Van Doren Testifies to Congress He Cheated on TV Game Shows U.S. Congress Television Crime The New York Times
1960 Court Rules Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence Not Obscene D.H. Lawrence Law and Legal Resources The History Channel
1961 6,000 British Troops Land in Egypt to Quell Strikes at the Suez Canal Suez Canal Great Britain BBC
1963 South Vietnamese Soldiers Capture, Kill President Ngo Dinh Diem and Brother Ngo Dinh Diem Death The History Channel
1964 King Saud of Saudi Arabia Abdicates and Replaced by Prince Faisal Saudi Arabia Mideast Web
1976 Georgia Gov. Jimmy Carter Defeats Republican Incumbent Gerald R. Ford Jimmy Carter Gerald Ford The American Presidency Presidential Elections The New York Times
1978 M. William Howard Elected As Youngest-ever President of the National Council of Churches Georgia Political and Social Leaders Religion African-American Political and Social Leaders National Council of Churches Concordia
1983 Reagan Signs Bill Setting 3rd Monday of January as Martin Luther King Day Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President Reagan Holidays The History Channel African American Registry
1986 Islamic Fundamentalists Release Hostage David Jacobsen after 17 Months Lebanon Islam Terrorism BBC
1988 Israeli Election Results in a Dead Heat Israel Elections BBC
1995 Former South African Defence Minister Charged with Apartheid Murders Apartheid Racism Law and Legal Resources BBC
Argentine Supreme Court Extradites Nazi Captain to Italy for War Crimes Trial Argentina Italy Nazi Germany War Crimes Law and Legal Resources
2000 American and Two Russians First to Occupy the International Space Station The International Space Station Historic Firsts NASA
2001 NYC Police and Firefighters Clash at World Trade Center Cleanup Site New York City World Trade Center Attack The New York Times
2004 President George W. Bush Narrowly Defeats John Kerry for Re-election George W. Bush 2004 Presidential Election Presidential Elections

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