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1808 Andrew Johnson (North Carolina-born 17th President of the United States) North Carolina Political and Social Leaders Andrew Johnson American Presidents Reconstruction
1809 William Gladstone (Prime Minister of England) English Political and Social Leaders Historic UK Biography.com
1879 Billy Mitchell (American Pioneer of the Air Force as a Separate Branch of Military Service) Aviation U.S. Air Force Wisconsin Historical Society
1907 Robert Clifton Weaver (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Economist; First African American to Serve in a Presidential Cabinet) Washington, D.C-born Political and Social Leaders President John F. Kennedy President Lyndon Johnson African-Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1910 Mildred "Millie" Jeffrey (Iowa-born Labor and Civil-Rights Activist) Iowa-born Political and Social Leaders Labor Human Rights/Civil Rights UAW African American Registry
1912 Lewis Jackson (Indiana-born African-American Member of the Tuskegee Airmen; President of Central State University) Indiana Military Figures Aviation Military History Education Tuskegee Airmen Central State University African-American Military Figures African-American Registry Indiana Weslyn University Timothy R. Gaffney
1917 Thomas Bradley (Texas-born First African American Mayor of Los Angeles) Texas Political and Social Leaders Los Angeles Political and Social Leaders African-American Political and Social Leaders African-American Registry
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1170 Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Is Murdered in the Cathedral English Political and Social Leaders Religious Leaders and Theologians Archbishop of Canterbury Chambers Book of Days History Channel
1986 Harold Macmillan (Prime Minister of England) Harold Macmillan Cold War
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1170 Four of King Henry II's Knights Murder the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas a Becket, in the Cathedral Thomas a Beckett Henry II Religious Leaders and Theologians Death Archbishop of Canterbury Chambers Book of Days Historic UK History Channel
1693 Spanish Soldiers and Pecos Pueblo Warriors Begin 2-day Battle to re-Conquer Santa Fe from Pueblo Rebels Santa Fe, New Mexico Pueblo Indians War Death New Mexico Magazine
1778 British Forces Capture Savannah, Georgia Great Britain Savannah, Georgia American Revolution History Channel University of Georgia
1813 The British Burn Buffalo, New York Great Britain Buffalo, New York Fire Safety War 1812 New York Times
1846 U.S. Commodore Robert Stockton and U.S. Brigadier General Stephen Kearney Argue over Command of the California Territory California Mexican-American War LearnCalifornia
1860 England Launches the HMS Warrior, the World's First Iron-Hulled Warship English Military Figures Naval Military History Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
President Lincoln Responds to William Cullen Bryant's Concerns About Cabinet Appointments William Cullen Bryant President Abraham Lincoln American Authors Lincoln Log
1861 The Town of Sutton (West Virginia) Is Burned by Confederate Raiders Sutton, West Virginia Burning of Sutton, West Virginia West Virginia State Archive
1862 At Vicksburg, Confederates Repel Sherman's Attack on Chickasaw Bluffs Mississippi Siege of Vicksburg History Channel
President Lincoln Reads the Emancipation Proclamation to Cabinet for Criticism and Discusses Creation of New State of West Virginia West Virginia President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
The British Sloop Flying Fish Is Captured Off the Tortugas by the U.S.S. Magnolia Great Britain Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Dry Tortugas Florida Historical Society
1863 Boat Crews from the U.S.S. Stars and Stripes Destroys a Blockade Runner, Caroline Gertrude, Near the Mouth of Florida's Ocklockonee River Florida Naval Military History American Civil War Florida Historical Society
1864 59 Prisoners of War Paroled in Texas Arrive in Indianapolis, Indiana Texas Indiana Prisoners of War American Civil War Indiana Historical Society
1895 Leander Starr Jameson Leads British Volunteers on a Raid into the Boer Colony of Transvaal in Support of a United South Africa South Africa Boer Wars South African History
1915 French National Assembly Formally Cedes to Great Britain Land Holding the British War Cemeteries France Great Britain Death World War I History Channel
1934 Japan Renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930 Japan Great Britain Naval Military History World War II New York Times
1940 German Aircraft Set London Ablaze with Incendiary Bombs, Killing Almost 3,600 Civilians London, England Nazi Germany Aviation Military History Fire Death World War II History Channel New York Times Greenwich Guide
1975 A Bomb Explodes in the Main Terminal of New York's LaGuardia Airport, Killing 11 People New York City Aviation History Terrorism LaGuardia Airport New York Times
Britain's Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts Become Law to Equalize Workplace Opportunities for Women Great Britain Women Civil Rights/Human Rights Labor Laws and Legal Resources BBC
1982 Rajiv Gandhi Wins India's General Election in a Landslide Indian Political and Social Leaders Elections BBC
1989 Dramatist Vaclav Havel Is Sworn in as President of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel Plays Elections Theatre History Television News Archive
1996 Guatemalan Guerrilla and Government Leaders Signed Accord Ending 36 Years of Civil Conflict Guatemala War Historic Documents New York Times

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