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    American Revolution
    Rhode Island declares independence, 1776

    Automotive
    Bruce Springsteen releases "Pink Cadillac", 1984

    Civil War
    Army of the Potomac crosses the Rapidan, 1864

    Cold War
    Tito dies, 1980

    Crime
    A riot breaks out in Haymarket Square, 1886

    An inhumane execution, 1990

    Disaster
    Nigerian aircraft crashes in crowded city, 2002

    General Interest
    The Haymarket Square Riot, 1886

    National Guard kills four at Kent State, 1970

    Margaret Thatcher sworn in, 1979

    Hollywood
    Audrey Hepburn born, 1929

    Literary
    Norman Mailer's first novel, The Naked and the Dead, is published, 1948

    Music
    Gene Vincent records "Be-Bop-A-Lula", 1956

    Old West
    Jack Slade joins the army, 1847

    Presidential
    Lincoln is buried in Springfield, Illinois, 1865

    David Frost interviews Richard Nixon, 1977

    Sports
    Willie Mays breaks National League home run record, 1965

    Vietnam War
    Rusk reports on Viet Cong strength, 1961

    Four students killed at Kent State, 1970

    World War I
    Germany agrees to limit its submarine warfare, 1916

    World War II
    As the Nazi threat dies, the Red Army rises, 1945
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    1847 - Pope Pius IX established the Catholic Diocese of Galveston and named Jean Marie Odin the new diocese's first bishop.

    1876 - Houston established a system of free schools with a ordinace that assumed control of all the city’s public schools.

    1886 - Albert Richard Parsons, a labor organizer from Texas, was implicated in the infamous Chicago Haymarket Massacre. He had spoken at a meeting in Haymarket Square to protest police brutality. In the chaos that followed seven police officers and seven members of the crowd were killed. Parsons and three other men were eventually hanged for their involvement. Six years later Illinois governor John Peter Altgeld pardoned three remaining defendants and condemned the previous convictions as a miscarriage of justice.

    1942 - The number one song is "Tangerine" by the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra.

    1953 - In Dallas, the Texas Council of Churches was formed by 11 mainline Protestant denominations.

    2010 - The hardcover version of Laura Bush's "Spoken From the Heart" was published.
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