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Events in History

  • 1763 Pontiac's Rebellion: At what is now Mackinaw City, Michigan, Chippewas capture Fort Michilimackinac by diverting the garrison's attention with a game of lacrosse, then chasing a ball into the fort
  • 1774 Intolerable Acts: Amendment to original Quartering Act enacted, allows governors in colonial America to house British soldiers in uninhabited houses, outhouses, barns, or other buildings if suitable quarters not provided

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1835 P. T. Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US

Circus Showman and Businessman P. T. Barnum
Circus Showman and Businessman
P. T. Barnum
  • 1851 1st US alcohol prohibition law enacted (Maine)
  • 1855 The Portland Rum Riot occurs in Portland, Maine
  • 1857 James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

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1862 Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virginia during the American Civil War

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1862 Raid at Early's: Maryland towards Washington, D.C.

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1863 Harriet Tubman leads Union guerrillas into Maryland, freeing slaves

Abolitionist Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
  • 1865 At Galveston, Kirby-Smith surrenders Trans-Mississippi Dept

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1875 Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission

  • 1899 Black Americans observed day of fasting in protest against lynchings
  • 1902 2nd statewide initiative & referendum law adopted, in Oregon
  • 1924 Snyder Act: US citizenship granted to all American Indians

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1924 President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, declaring all Native Americans to be American citizens

30th US President Calvin Coolidge
30th US President
Calvin Coolidge

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1944 Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery dine in Portsmouth, England

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1959 Allen Ginsberg writes his poem "Lysergic Acid", San Francisco

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1975 James A Healy, 1st black Roman Catholic bishop, consecrated (Maine)
  • 1977 New Jersey allows casino gambling in Atlantic City

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1979 Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley signs first homosexual rights bill

American Politician Tom Bradley
American Politician
Tom Bradley
  • 1991 Three Andrettis finished 1-2-3 in the Miller 200 at Wisconsin

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2004 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

More American History

Birthdays in History


Person of interestMartha Washington

1731 Martha Washington, 1st US First Lady (1789-97), born in Kent County, Virginia (d. 1802)

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington
  • 1773 John Randolph [of Roanoke], American planter, Congressman (Virginia) and Minister to Russia, born in Cawsons, Virginia (d. 1833)
  • 1891 Thurman Arnold, American attorney and jurist (d. 1969)
  • 1915 Florence Holway, Massachusetts, 75 year old rape victim and activist, (d. 2012)
  • 1918 Ruth Atkinson, American cartoonist (d. 1997)
  • 1919 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (d. 2005)
  • 1920 Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee (d. 1969)
  • 1923 Lloyd Shapley, Mathematician (2012 Nobel Prize Game Theory), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2016)
  • 1929 Norton Juster, American author, architect and children's author (The Dot and the Line), born in New York City
  • 1930 Charles Pete Conrad Jr, USN/astro (Gem 5 11, Ap 12, Skylab 2), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935 Carol Shields, American-born novelist (d. 2
  • 1951 Gilbert Baker, American gay activist, designed the rainbow flag, born in Canute, Kansas (d. 2017)
  • 1952 Gary Bettman, American National Hockey League commissioner
  • 1956 Mark L Polansky, pilot/astronaut, born in Paterson, New Jersey
  • 1965 Jim Knipfel, American autobiographer and journa
  • 1973 Kevin Feige, American producer, President of Marvel Studios (2007-), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1974 Matt Serra, American mixed martial ar

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

1886 U.S. President Grover Cleveland (49) weds Frances Folsom (21), 1st presidential marriage to be held at the White House

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • 2012 Vice President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley Biden (30) weds Dr. Howard David Krein at St. Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware

Deaths in History

  • 1864 George Pierce Doles, US businessman/Confed brigadier general, dies at 34
  • 1865 Ner Alexander Middleswarth, American politician, dies at 81
  • 1901 James A Herne, [J Aherne], US playwright (Margaret Fleming), dies

Person of interestTimothy Thomas Fortune

1928 Timothy Thomas Fortune, American orator, civil rights leader, writer and publisher (New York Age), dies at 71

Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader Timothy Thomas Fortune
Orator, Writer and Civil Rights Leader
Timothy Thomas Fortune
  • 1988 Horace Hildreth, American politician (Gov-Maine, 1945-49) and U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (1953-57), dies at 85
  • 2004 Loyd Sigmon, American amateur ("ham") radio broadcaster, dies at 95
  • 2009 David Eddings, American fantasy writer. (b. 1931)
  • 2015 Irwin Rose, American biologist (Nobel Prize Chemistry 2004), dies at 88

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