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Freedom Day (South Africa)
1521 Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died.
1605 Pope Leo XI died.
1737 Historian Edward Gibbon was born.
1773 The British Parliament passed the Tea Act.
1791 Inventor Samuel F.B. Morse was born.
1805 U.S. Marines attacked the shores of Tripoli.
1813 American explorer Zebulon Pike died.
1822 Civil War General and President of the United States Ulysses Grant was born.
President Abraham Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas
1865 John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President
Abraham Lincoln, was killed.
1870 Heinrich Schliemann discovered Troy.
1877 Reconstruction officially ended when President Rutherford B. Hayes removed federal troops from Louisiana.
1882 Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson died.
1897 Grant's Tomb in New York City was dedicated.
1902 Julius Sterling Morton, the founder of Arbor Day, died.
1922 Actor Jack Klugman was born.
Activist Coretta Scott King was born.
1932 Radio personality Casey Kasem was born.
1940 Heinrich Himmler ordered establishment of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
1951 KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was born.
1956 Heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano retired from boxing, having never lost a fight.
1957 Bob Gutowski broke a 15-year-old pole vault record by clearing 15 feet 9-3/4 inches.
1959 Singer Sheena Easton was born.
1960 Togo became independent of a French-administered U.N. trusteeship.
1961 Sierra Leone declared itself independent from the United Kingdom.
1965 Radio and television journalist Edward R. Murrow died.
1972 Kwame Nkrumah, former President of Ghana, died.
1982 The trial of John W Hinckley, Jr., attempted assassin of President Ronald Reagan, began.
1992 The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, was proclaimed.
1994 The Republic of Bophuthatswana was dissolved.
1998 Author Carlos Castaneda died.
1999 Jazz trumpeter Al Hirt died.
2006 Construction began on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City.
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