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Thorpe’s Medals Returned

18 January 1983 

On this date in 1983...

Jim Thorpe's two confiscated Olympic gold medals from the 1912 Stockholm pentathlon and decathlon were returned to his heirs.

Other Years:

  • 1803 - Thomas Jefferson


17 January 1781

On this date in 1781...

Continental Army forces and militia commanded by Daniel Morgan of Virginia won a decisive victory over the British Army led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton  at the Battle

Ma Barker

16 January 1935 

On this date in 1935...

FBI agents killed Missouri gangsters Fred and Ma Barker at their hideout in Lake Weir, Florida.

Other Years:

  • 1825 - Confederate General George Pickett was born in

Bill Doolin

15 January 1895 

On this date in 1895...

Deputy U.S. Marshal Bill Tilghman captured outlaw Bill Doolin of the “Wild Bunch” while Doolin recuperated at a health resort at Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Tilghman

The Father Of Oceanography

14 January 1806 

On this date in 1806...

Matthew Fontaine Maury, a commander in the CS Navy, diplomat for CS government in Europe, meteorologist, and the father of naval oceanography was born in Spotsylvania

Douglas Wilder

13 January 1990 

On this date in 1990... 

Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the first elected black governor in the U.S. when he took the oath of office in Richmond.

Other Years:

  • 1794 - U.S. President

Canyon de Chelly

12 January 1864 

On this date in 1864...

 Kit Carson and Captain Albert Pfeiffer attacked the Navajo tribesmen in Canyon de Chelly who have been ordered to move to the Bosque Redondo Reservation, but refused

The Alabama Strikes

11 January 1863 

On this date in 1863...

Captain Raphael Semmes in command of the C.S.S. Alabama accosted the federal blockading fleet off Galveston, Texas. One of the ships, the U.S.S. Hatteras,  was sent

Aaron Burr Charged

10 January 1807  

On this date in 1807...

US President Thomas Jefferson charged former Vice-President Aaron Burr with treason for invading Louisiana with northern volunteers and attempting to incite a war with Spain so

The Star of the West

9 January 1861 

On this date in 1861...

The US ship Star of the West committed an act of war by trying to reinforce Fort Sumter and was repulsed by batteries manned by South Carolina

David O Dodd

8 January 1864 

On this date in 1864...

Federal troops hanged 17 year-old David Owen Dodd as a Confederate spy on the grounds of his school at St. John’s College in Little Rock.  Too small

Jamestown Burns

7 January 1608 

On this date in 1608...

Fire destroyed almost all of Jamestown, Virginia. The destruction was a serious blow to the morale of the settlers and almost doomed the colony. 

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