In 1521, explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed in the Philippines. In 1805, U.S. Marines captured Derna, a city on "the shores of Tripoli." In 1865, the severely overcrowded steamboat Sultana exploded in the Mississippi River, killing some 1,700 passengers. In 2006, construction began on a new skyscraper at the World Trade Center site in New York City. In 2014, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II were canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church.
Samuel Morse (1791-1872), inventor; Ulysses S. Grant (1822-85), military leader/18th U.S. president; Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963), baseball player; Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962), author/illustrator; Enos Slaughter (1916-2002), baseball player; Jack Klugman (1922-2012), actor; Coretta Scott King (1927-2006), activist; Casey Kasem (1932-2014), radio/TV personality; August Wilson (1945-2005), playwright; Cory Booker (1969- ), U.S. senator
In 1947, Yankee Stadium held "Babe Ruth Day" to honor the former New York slugger, who was struggling with cancer.
Lower Manhattan's "Freedom Tower" was renamed "1 World Trade Center" in March 2009.
"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on." – Ulysses S. Grant
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