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  • 1776 American commodore Esek Hopkins occupies Nassau, Bahamas
  • 1801 1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia
  • 1805 Louisiana-Missouri Territory forms
  • 1817 Mississippi Territory is divided into Alabama Territory & Mississippi
  • 1820 Missouri Compromise passes, allowing Missouri to join the United States despite slavery still being legal there.
  • 1835 Congress authorizes a US mint at New Orleans Louisiana

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1837 US President Andrew Jackson and Congress recognize the Republic of Texas

US President & General Andrew Jackson
US President & General
Andrew Jackson
  • 1845 Florida becomes 27th state of the Union

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1848 American education reformer Horace Mann joins the US Senate, representing Massachusetts

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • 1849 Territory of Minnesota organizes
  • 1862 Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)

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1863 US Congress authorizes track width of 4'8½" for Union Pacific Railroad

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant

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1863 Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences

16th US President Abraham Lincoln
16th US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1863 Congress authorizes a US mint at Carson City, Nevada
  • 1863 Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia
  • 1863 Idaho Territory forms

  • 1865 US Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, & Abandoned Lands established by Abraham Lincoln to help destitute free blacks
  • 1869 University of South Carolina opens to all races

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1877 Rutherford B. Hayes takes the oath of office privately as official inauguration day falls on a Sunday

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • 1885 1st US state (California) establishes a permanent forest commission
  • 1885 American Telephone & Telegraph (AT&T) incorporates
  • 1887 American Protective Association forms (anti-Catholic) in Clinton Iowa

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1887 Anne Sullivan begins teaching 6 year old blind-deaf Helen Keller

Author Helen Keller
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Helen Keller
  • 1889 US President Harrison announced the government would open the 1.9 million-acre tract of Indian Territory for settlement precisely at noon on April 22

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1899 George Dewey becomes 1st in US to hold the rank of Admiral of the Navy

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • 1903 North Carolina becomes 1st state requiring registration of nurses

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1910 Rockefeller Foundation: John D. Rockefeller Jr. announces his retirement from managing his businesses so that he can be devoted full time to being a philanthropist

Financier and Philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr
Financier and Philanthropist
John D. Rockefeller Jr
  • 1911 1st US federal cemetery with Union & Confederate graves opens, Missouri

USAWoman Suffrage Procession

1913 Woman suffrage procession through Washington, D.C. organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and led by Inez Milholland. Ida B. Wells marched with her Illinois delegation despite blacks being told to march in a separate section.

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Inez Milholland at the head of the Woman Suffrage Procession through Washington, DC
Inez Milholland at the head of the Woman Suffrage Procession through Washington, DC
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1934 John Dillinger breaks out of jail using a wooden pistol

Gangster John Dillinger
Gangster
John Dillinger
FBI Agent Melvin Purvis
FBI Agent
Melvin Purvis
  • 1938 American Bowling Congress' largest tournament (24,765 competitors)
  • 1943 Battle of the Bismarck Sea: Australian and American air forces devastate Japanese navy convoy
  • 1952 Puerto Rico approves its 1st self-written constitution
  • 1957 Ice Pairs Championship at Colorado Springs won by Wagner & Paul of Canada
  • 1957 Men's Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by David Jenkins of the USA
  • 1957 Worlds Ladies' Figure Skating Champ in Colorado Springs won by Carol Heiss (US)
  • 1966 Twister hits Jackson Mississippi; 3 minutes after 1st sighting, 57 die

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1972 Sculpted figures of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson are completed at Stone Mountain Georgia

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee

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1991 Iraqi generals and US general "Stormin' Norman" Schwarzkopf meet to discuss Gulf War cease fire

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf

USARodney King Riots

1991 Los Angeles police officers severely beat motorist Rodney King, the beating is famously captured on amateur video and later leads to riots when the police officers are acquitted

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Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
Damage in Los Angeles after the 1992 riots, which killed 63 people and caused over $1 billion in damages
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  • 1991 United Airlines 737 crashes near Colorado Springs, kills 25

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1992 US President George H. W. Bush apologizes for raising taxes after pledging not to

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush

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1998 Bill Gates testifies at Senate Judiciary Committee about Microsoft's dominant position in the software industry

Microsoft Founder Bill Gates
Microsoft Founder
Bill Gates
  • 2016 Eleventh Republican presidential candidates debate hosted by Fox, held in Detroit, Michigan

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2019 SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully docks with the International Space Station during its demonstration run

Entrepreneur Elon Musk
Entrepreneur
Elon Musk
  • 2019 Multiple tornadoes tear through Georgia and Alabama killing at least 23

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2020 Super Tuesday: Biggest voting day for Democrats selecting their presidential candidate revives Joe Biden's campaign, he wins nine states, while Bernie Sanders wins four including California

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden
US Senator Bernie Sanders
US Senator
Bernie Sanders

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Birthdays in History

  • 1838 George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon's orbit)

Person of interestAlexander Graham Bell

1847 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British-American inventor (telephone), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1922)

  • 1873 William Green, president of American Federation of Labor (1924-52)
  • 1895 Matthew B Ridgway, US gen (WW II/China/Nicaragua/Korea/NATO)
  • 1909 Kenton Kilmer, American writer, born in Morristown, New Jersey (d. 1995)
  • 1918 Arthur Kornberg, US biochemist (Nobel 1959)
  • 1926 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), born in Scranton, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1946 James C Adamson, Lt Col USA/astronaut (STS 28, STS 43), born in Warsaw, New York
  • 1947 Clifton Snider, American poet and writer
  • 1949 James S Voss, Cordova Alabama, Major USA/astronaut (STS 44, 53, 69)
  • 1958 Marc Silvestri, American comic book artist and publisher (Top Cow Productions)
  • 1962 Glen E. Friedman, American photographer and artist
  • 1971 Tyler Florence, American chef, Food Network personality & cookbook author, born in Greenville, South Carolina

Deaths in History

  • 1850 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), dies at 43
  • 1899 William P. Sprague, American politician from Ohio (b. 1827)

Person of interestAlbert Sabin

1993 Albert Sabin [Abram Saperstein], Polish American physician who invented the oral polio vaccine, dies of heart failure at 86

Physician and Scientist Albert Sabin
Physician and Scientist
Albert Sabin
  • 1995 Howard Hunter, US leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1994-95), dies at 87
  • 1996 Meyer Schapiro, Lithuanian-born American art historian, dies at 91
  • 1998 Fred W. Friendly, American journalist and broadcast executive, dies at 82
  • 2003 Luis Marden, American photojournalist (b. 1913)
  • 2005 Max M. Fisher, American philanthropist (b. 1928)
  • 2014 William R. Pogue, American astronaut, dies at 84

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