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The Day by Day History of the United States

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  • 1607 English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia.

  • 1805 First Barbary War: United States Marines captured Derne under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon.

  • 1865 American Civil War: Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston surrenders his army to General William Tecumseh Sherman at the Bennett Place near Durham, North Carolina. Also the date of Confederate Memorial Day for two states.

  • 1865 Union cavalry troopers corner and shoot dead John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, in Virginia.

  • 1945 World War II: Filipino troops of the 66th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Commonwealth Army, USAFIP-NL and the American troops of the 33rd and 37th Infantry Division, United States Army are liberated in Baguio City and they fight against the Japanese forces under General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

  • 1946 Naperville train disaster kills 47.

  • 1956 SS Ideal X, the world's first successful container ship, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey for Houston, Texas.

  • 1958 Final run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City after 68 years, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives.

  • 1962 NASA's Ranger 4 spacecraft crashes into the Moon.

  • 1981 Dr. Michael R. Harrison of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center performs the world's first human open fetal surgery.

  • 1991 Seventy tornadoes break out in the central United States. Before the outbreak's end, Andover, Kansas, would record the year's only F5 tornado (see Andover, Kansas Tornado Outbreak).

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