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On this day in 1839, a slave rebellion occurred on the ship Amistad, and the subsequent acquittal of the mutineers, who were deemed to be kidnap victims rather than merchandise, was a victory for American abolitionism.
More Events on this day:
1979: The United States first issued the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin.
1932: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt coined the term New Deal in his acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination.
1881: Shot on this day, U.S. President James A. Garfield died several weeks later on September 19.
1865: In London's East End, William Booth founded the ministry later called the Salvation Army.
1776: After a dramatic all-night ride, Delaware delegate Caesar Rodney arrived just in time to cast the decisive vote approving the Declaration of Independence.
1644: At the Battle of Marston Moor, Parliamentary forces handed the Royalists their first major defeat in the English Civil Wars.