Return Today in the History of America's Diversity Heritage Return

JANUARY 1

1900 Xavier Cugat (Spanish Violinist, Bandleader) Spanish Performing Artists Folk and Ethnic Musicians Hispanic Performing Artists Internet Movie Database Biography.com
1914 Muriel M. Petioni (Trinidad-American Physician) Trinidad  Scientists & Mathematicians Medical Professionals African-American Scientists & Mathematicians African American Registry
1915 John Henrik Clarke (Alabama-born African-American Educator) Alabama Political and Social Leaders Educators of Note African-American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1923 Milt Jackson (Detroit-born African-American Jazz Vibraphonist) Detroit Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1937 Lou Stovall (Georgia-born African-American Printmaker) Georgia Artists American Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
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1751 New Law Makes Slavery Legal in Georgia Georgia Government Colonial Georgia Slavery Law and Legal Resources University of Georgia
1805 Jean-Jacques Dessalines Proclaims the Independence of Saint-Domingue, Renaming it Haiti Haiti History Channel African American Registry
1831 Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison Publishes the First Issue of His Anti-Slavery Newspaper the Liberator William Lloyd Garrison Abolition Journalism Historic Firsts PBS African American Registry
1863 President Lincoln Issues the Emancipation Proclamation President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation History Channel Lincoln Logs African American Registry University of Georgia
1869 In Minnesota, an African-American Convention Is Held in St. Paul's Ingersoll Hall to Honor the Emancipation Proclamation St. Paul, Minnesota President Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1892 A 15-year-old Irish Girl Is the First of 12M+ Immigrants to Pass through the Doors of the Ellis Island Immigration Station Immigration Ellis Island Historic Firsts Library of Congress
1897 Atlanta University Defeats Tuskegee Institute in the First Football Game Between Two Traditionally African-American Colleges Alabama Sports Figures Georgia Sports Figures Football Historic Firsts African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1925 Texas Governor, Pat M. Neff, Appoints Three Women to Serve as a Special State Supreme Court Texas Women Law and Legal Resources Texas State Historical Association
1978 Newspaper Editor Donald Woods Arrives in London After Fleeing for His Life From South Africa's Apartheid Regime London, England South Africa Apartheid Journalism BBC
Anne Cawthon Booth Is Appointed as the First Woman to Serve as an Appellate Judge in the State of Florida Florida Government American Women Political Leaders Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1986 Wisconsin Is the First State to Recognize Equal Ownership of Assets Acquired by a Husband and Wife Wisconsin Government Women Human Rights/Civil Rights Economics Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts Wisconsin Historical Society
1990 David Dinkins Is Sworn in as New York City's First African-American Mayor New York City Political and Social Leaders Elections Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders New York Times

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