Lemuel Gulliver arrived in Lilliput in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels.
Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone, born in Dinant, Belgium.
Composer and band leader John Philip Sousa born in Washington, D.C.
Abraham Lincoln elected president of the United States.
Jefferson Davis is elected president of the Confederate States of America.
The CSS Shenandoah is the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise on which it sank or captured 37 vessels.
Baseball Hall of famer Walter Johnson, who had perhaps the greatest fastball in the history of the game, born in Humboldt, Kansas.
Co-founder and editor-in chief of the New Yorker, Harold Ross born in Aspen, Colorado.
Ross would edit every issue of the New Yorker from its inception in 1925 to his death in 1951 some 1399 issues.
Director and comedian Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) born in Berlin.
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