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Okay, posting this for a friend... >.>

Does anyone know any random things that happened in US history? Pre-1776, year/name of fact...

If you know any history nerds, link them?

*okay, it can be after 1776, but that stuff's more, like, important atm.

*is lame*


Sep. 6th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)

January 18: Senator John C. Calhoun proposes a resolution calling on President Tyler to protest the British handling of theCreole incident. January 29: U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster issues a dispatch to the ambassador to Great Britain demanding indemnification for the freed slaves.

August 9: The U.S. and Great Britian sign the Webster-Ashburn Treaty, adjusting boundaries between the U.S. and Canada, and agreeing to cooperate on suppressing the slave trade.

In Boston, escaped slave George Lattimore is captured by bounty hunters -- the first in a series of confrontational fugitive slave cases. Abolitionists raise funds to purchase Lattimore's freedom.

In Philadelphia, a parade commemorating the abolition of slavery in the British West Indies is attacked by a proslavery mob.

Sojourner Truth, an African-American woman who escaped from slavery, begins lecturing for abolitionism.

Rev. Henry Highland Garnet delivers a "Call to Rebellion" at the National Negro Convention in Buffalo, New York, exhorting African-Americans to resist slavery by means of armed rebellion (and holding up Cinque, among others, as heroes in the cause).

At the party convention for the Liberty Party in Buffalo, African-Americans participate directly for the first time, with Henry Highland Garnet serving on the nominating committee and two other black clergymen, Rev. Charles B. Ray and Rev. Samuel Ringgold, also playing prominent roles.

Slavery entirely prohibited in Connecticut by state law.

Compromise of 1850 admits California as free state, eliminates slave trade in District of Columbia, establishes Utah and New Mexico without restrictions on slavery, and requires return of fugitive slaves.

Kansas-Nebraska Act repeals Missouri Compromise, allowing popular sovereignty to determine slave- or free-state status of territories seeking statehood, which increases sectional division within the U.S. and breaks down traditional two-party system, giving rise to Republican Party.

Dred Scott decision by Supreme Court denies any possibility of citizenship for African Americans, imperils fugitive slaves, and sets back cause of abolition.

John Brown’s unsuccessful Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, raid to incite slave rebellion heightens tension over slavery.

20 December, South Carolina secedes from the Union after Abraham Lincoln’s election as president, followed by 10 other states through May 1861.

February, seceding states establish government of the Confederate States of America and create constitution endorsing slavery but prohibiting slave trade.

April, When Confederate forces fire on U.S. troops at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, President Lincoln calls for troops to put down “insurrection” in the South, beginning the Civil War.

September 22: President Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, granting freedom to slaves in areas of the South in active rebellion on 1 January 1863.

Slavery abolished in the U.S. by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.