Mostly American dates.
January 8, 1935 - Elvis Presley born in Tupelo, MS January 12, 1967 - James Bedford frozen, in first cryonic suspension January 16, 1920 - Prohibition (of alcohol) begins the United States January 22, 1973 - US Supreme Court legalizes abortion in Roe v. Wade January 27, 1945 - Auschwitz concentration camp liberated by Red Army January 29, 1948 - Plane carrying deportees crashes near Los Gatos Road, Coalinga, CA January 30, 1968 - Tet offensive begins in Vietnam War February 1, 1865 - Freedom Day. Lincoln signs the 13th Ammendment, abolishing slavery February 3, 1959 - Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Big Bopper die in plane crash, Clear Lake, IA February 5, 1966 - The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour premieres on CBS February 9, 1964 - The Beatles first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, CBS February 9, 1963 - Hattie Carroll murdered by William Zantzinger, Baltimore, MD February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln born, Hardin County, KY February 22, 1732 - George Washington born, Westmoreland County, VA March 5, 1905 - Bob Wills born, east of Kosse, TX March 5, 1963 - Patsy Cline dies in plane crash near Camden, TN March 7, 1965 - "Bloody Sunday" - Selma, AL voting rights marchers beaten by police March 8, 1958 - Barbie's birthday March 10, 2003 - Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks disses Dubya, London, UK March 19, 2003 - The Second Iraq War (Dubya Dubya II) starts in Iraq April 2, 1865 - Richmond, VA falls to Union forces April 3, 1882 - Jesse James (alias Tom Howard) shot dead by Bob Ford, St. Joseph, MO April 4, 1968 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated, Memphis, TN April 9, 1865 - Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant accepts the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House, VA April 9, 1976 - Phil Ochs hangs himself, Far Rockaway, NY April 14, 1865 - US President Abraham Lincoln assassinated, Washington, DC April 14-15, 1912 - White Star liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic, 1,524 lives lost April 19, 1943 - Warsaw Ghetto uprising begins, Poland April 25, 1915 - Australians/New Zealanders assault Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, Turkey April 25-26, 1986 - Nuclear accident at Chernobyl, Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union) April 27, 1822 - Ulysses S. Grant born, Point Pleasant, OH April 30, 1966 - Richard Fariña dies in motorcycle accident at age 29, Carmel, CA May 8, 1945 - Nazi Germany surrenders - V-E Day May 8 - Hooray, Hooray, it's the 8th of May, National Outdoor Intercourse Day May 14 - Israel Independence Day May 17 - Norway Constitution Day - parade in Ballard May 18, 1980 - Mount St. Helens volcano erupts in Washington State May 19, 1845 - Lord Franklin sails for the Northwest Passage, never seen again May 31, 1889 - Johnstown (PA) flood June 2, 1983 - Stan Rogers dies at age 33 during emergency landing in Cincinnati, OH June 7, 1957 - Don Gibson writes "I Can't Stop Loving You" and "Lonesome Me" June 25, 1876 - Custer's Last Stand, Little Big Horn, MT June 26, 1975 - Incident at Oglala, SD - Leonard Peltier serves two life sentences July 1-3, 1863 - The Battle of Gettysburg, PA. Gen. Meade (Union), Gen. Lee (Confederacy) July 5, 1954 - Elvis Presley's Sun sessions in Memphis, TN July 12, 1963 - Medgar Evans assassinated, Jackson, MS July 19, 2002 - Songwriter Dave Carter dies suddenly, Hadley, MA July 25, 1965 - Bob Dylan goes electric at the Newport Folk Festival, RI August 1, 1927 - Ralph Peer records Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, Bristol, TN August 1, 1942 - Jerry Garcia born (Jerry Garcia Day in the bay area) August 5, 1949 - Mann Gulch, MT fire (James Keelaghan "Cold Missouri Waters") August 6, 1945 - Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan August 7, 1964 - Gulf of Tonkin Resolution authorizes LBJ to wage war in Vietnam Augsut 8, 1969 - The Beatles are photographed crossing Abbey Road in the famous album cover shoot August 13, 1952 - Dave Carter's birthday August 14, 1935 - Social Security Act passed in Congress August 15, 1945 - V-J Day, Victory over Japan marked the end of World War II August 16, 1920 - Writer and poet Charles Bukowski born in Andernach, Germany August 23, 1927 - Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti executed by electric chair, Boston, MA August 28, 1955 - Emmett Till, 14, lynched in Money, MS for whistling at a white woman August 28, 1963 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's "I Have A Dream" speech, Washington, DC September 2, 1945 - Japan formally surrenders aboard the battleship Missouri September 11, 2001 - World Trade Center / Pentagon terrorist attacks September 17, 1923 - Hank Williams birthday (d. 1/1/53) September 19 - Talk like a pirate day September 27, 1903 - The Wreck of the Old 97, near Danville, VA October 12, 1492 - A sailor on Columbus' ship Pinta sights land, Bahamas October 12, 1997 - John Denver dies while piloting experimental plane near Monterey, CA October 18-29, 1962 - Cuban missile crisis (Oct. 22 was the peak) October 24, 1537 - The death of Queen Jane, who gave birth to Edward on the 12th October 29, 1929 - "Black Tuesday" stock market crash leads to the Depression November 1, 1890 - MS passes literacy test for voting, disenfranchising blacks November 2, 1920 - Radio broadcasting begins at Westinghouse's KDKA, Pittsburg, PA November 5, 1916 - The Everett Massacre, Everett, Washington November 9-10, 1938 - Krystalnacht in Germany and parts of Austria November 10, 1975 - The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Lake Superior November 19, 1915 - Union activist Joe Hill executed, Salt Lake City, UT November 22, 1963 - President Kennedy assassinated in Dallas, TX November 30, 1999 - WTO protests begin in Seattle, WA December 1, 1955 - Rosa Parks refuses to sit in the back of the bus, Montgomery, AL December 4, 1956 - $1M quartet, Memphis: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. December 5, 1933 - Prohibition is repealed (Utah cast the deciding vote) December 7, 1941 - Pearl Harbor attacked, Honolulu, HI December 8, 1980 - John Lennon shot dead, New York, NY December 17, 1903 - Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, NC December 17, 1969 - Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki on the Tonight Show December 23rd - Festivus December 26, 1908 - Jack Johnson d. Tommmy Burns, takes heavyweight boxing title
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