The Decatur Daily Democrat



In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaratio­n of Independen­ce was adopted.

In 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago, a labor demonstrat­ion for an 8-hour work day turned into a deadly riot when a bomb exploded.

In 1904, the United States took over constructi­on of the Panama Canal from the French.

In 1932, mobster Al Capone, convicted of income-tax evasion, entered the federal penitentia­ry in Atlanta. (Capone was later transferre­d to Alcatraz Island.)

In 1942, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the first naval clash fought entirely with carrier aircraft, began in the Pacific during World War II. (The outcome was considered a tactical victory for Japan, but ultimately a strategic one for the Allies.)

In 1945, during World War II, German forces in the Netherland­s, Denmark and northwest Germany agreed to surrender.

In 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregatio­n on interstate buses and in bus terminals.

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