1735: Paul Revere born in Boston, Massachusetts.
1907: Barry Goldwater born in Arizona territory.
1776: Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense, calling for American independence.
1706: Ben Franklin born.
1808: Lysander Spooner born.
1916: US Supreme Court rules in Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 240 U.S. 1, 36 S.Ct. 236, 60 L.Ed. 493 that the federal income tax is unconstitutional.
1737: Thomas Paine born.
1905: Ayn Rand born.
1867: Laura Ingalls Wilder born.
1732: George Washington born in Virginia.
1802: Victor Hugo born.
1793: Sam Houston born.
1836: Texas Independence is declared at Washington-on-the-Brazos.
1926: Murray Rothbard born.
1801: Thomas Jefferson inaugurated.
1770: The Boston Massacre takes place.
1776: Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith published.
1751: James Madison, the fourth president of the US, born in Port Conway, Virginia.
1775: Patrick Henry, in a speech to the Virginia Convention, exclaims, "Give me liberty or give me death."
1644: Charter granted to Roger Williams for colony of Rhode Island.
1856: Booker T. Washington born in Franklin County, Virginia.
1895: US Supreme Court finds income tax unconstitutional. All monies collected are ordered refunded.
1743: Thomas Jefferson born.
1775: The first abolition society is formed by Ben Franklin and Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia. It is called the "Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage."
1854: Benjamin Tucker born in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.
1775: The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere takes place from Charlestown to Lexington, Mass.
1775: Revolutionary War begins in Lexington and Concord.
1704: The Boston News Letter, the first newspaper in North America, begins publishing.
1820: Herbert Spencer born
1758: James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States, born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.
1789: George Washington is inaugurated as the first president of the United States.
1776: Rhode Island declares its freedom from England two months before the Declaration of Independence is signed.
1943: The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand, published.
1803: Ralph Waldo Emerson born in Boston, Mass.
1935: US Supreme Court strikes down the National Industrial Recovery Act.
1736: Patrick Henry born.
1813: Captain James Lawerence, mortally wounded commander of the US Frigate Chesapeake, utters his famous line, "Don't give up the ship." This later becomes the motto of the US Navy
1804: Richard Cobden born. He is called the "Apostle of Free Trade" in England, for his opposition to the protectionist English Corn Laws. His efforts lead to their repeal in 1846.
1723: Adam Smith born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
1978: California voters pass Proposition 13, calling for major cuts in property taxes.
1925: Nat Hentoff, lawyer, author and defender of the First Amendment, born.
1933: Lawyer F. Lee Bailey born.
1776: The Continental Congress forms a committee to draft a Declaration of Independence.
1776: Virginia's colonial legislature becomes the first in America to adopt a Bill of Rights 1967: The US Supreme Court strikes down state laws prohibiting interracial marriages.
1966: The US Supreme Court issues its opinion in Miranda v. Arizona.
1971: The New York Times begins publishing the Pentagon Papers.
1775: The Battle of Bunker Hill takes place near Boston.
1885: The Statute of Liberty arrives in New York aboard the French ship Isere.
1788: The US Constitution goes into effect as New Hampshire becomes the ninth state to ratify it.
1903: George Orwell born.
1801: Frederic Bastiat born.
1776: The Continental Congress passes a resolution that "these United States are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states."
1776: The Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence.
1907: Novelist Robert Heinlein born.
1817: Henry David Thoreau born in Concord, Mass.
1872: Britain introduces the secret ballot.
1868: The Fourteenth Amendment, guaranteeing due process, is declared in effect.
1912: Milton Friedman born.
1881: First issue of Benjamin Tucker's journal Liberty appears. It was published from August 1881 to April 1908.
1890: Philosopher Groucho Marx born in New York.
1765: The Stamp Act Congress convenes in New York to draw up the grievances of the colonists against England.
1957: Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, published.
1870: Albert Jay Nock born.
1800: Thomas Macaulay born.
1787: The first of the Federalist Papers s published in a New York newspaper.
1886: The Statute of Liberty is dedicated by President Grover Cleveland in the presence of its sculptor, Auguste Bartholdi.
1903: John Chamberlain, author and book reviewer extraordinaire, born.
1735: John Adams, the second President of the United States, born in Braintree, Mass.
1879: Will Rogers born in Oologah, Oklahoma.
1777: The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.
1765: Frederick County, Maryland, repudiates England's Stamp Act.
1871: The National Rifle Association is incorporated.
1894: Henry Hazlitt born.
1887: Rose Wilder Lane born.
1787: Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the US Constitution.
1971: Libertarian Party founded.
1791: The Bill of Rights goes into effect, with ratification by Virginia.
1773: Boston Tea Party takes place as 300 chests of tea are dropped into Boston Harbor.
1865: Thirteenth Amendment (abolishing slavery) ratified.
1732: Ben Franklin begins publishing Poor Richard's Almanac in Philadelphia.
1776: Thomas Paine's essay, American Crises, published. It contains the famous line, "These are the times that try men's souls."
1776: The first of Thomas Paine's patriotic tracts, called The Crises papers, is published.
1974: It is no longer illegal for US citizens to own gold coins, after over 40 years of prohibition.
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