The Trent Affair

8 November 1861 

On this date in 1861 – Confederate Commissioners to England, James Mason & John Slidell were seized by the crew of the U.S.S. San Jacinto from the British ship H.M.S. Trent on the high seas in violation of international law.

Other Years:

  • 1954 – The American League approved the transfer of the Philadelphia Athletics baseball team to Kansas City, MO.
  • 1983 – Martha Layne Collins (D) was elected as the first female governor of Kentucky.
  • 1979 – U.S. Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Mac Mathias (R-MD) introduced legislation to provide a site on the National Mall for the building of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
  • 2000 – In Florida, a statewide recount began to decide the winner of the 2000 U.S. presidential election. 
  • 2000 – Waco special counsel John C. Danforth released his final report that absolved the government of wrongdoing in the 1993 seige of the Branch Davidian compound in Texas. 

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