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The Bonus Army, a protest that had grown to 43,000 marchers and mostly-Southern World War I veterans were attacked and dispersed by 1,800 Federal troops and 6 battle tanks led by Douglass McArthur. Four were killed and more than a thousand injured when the troops opened fire and beat protesters around Washington D.C.
1862 – Fort Bowie was established at Apache Pass in southeastern Arizona Territory, by U.S. Brigadier General James Charlatan’s California volunteers.
1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment, which granted former slaves the rights of citizenship, was declared to be ratified by the U.S. Secretary of State.
1896 – The city of Miami,FL, was incorporated.
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis appeared on the Steve Allen Show to perform his hit “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” In his usual outrageous style, Lewis slung his piano bench across the stage.
1994 – Kenny Rogers of the Texas Rangers pitched the 14th perfect game in major league baseball history.
1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brought first tobacco to England from Virginia.
1824 – Florida Governor William Duval officially removed Principal Seminole Chief Neamathla from his position because of fears that he planned to lead an uprising of Seminole that have avoided removal from Florida.
1861 – Confederate troops occupied Fort Fillmore, New Mexico Territory.
1864 – Federal General William Tecumseh Sherman needlessly ordered the destruction of all railroad lines in federal occupied territory south of Atlanta.
1958 – Southern Aviator and WWII Flying Tiger commander, Lt. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault died at the age of 64 of lung cancer in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1962 – Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Albany, Georgia.
2007 – News helicopters from Phoenix, Arizona television stations KNXV and KTVK collided over Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix with no survivors while covering a police chase. This was the first known incidence of two news helicopters colliding in mid-air, and the worst civilian aviation accident in Phoenix history.