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

JANUARY 4

1789 Benjamin Lundy (New Jersey-born Journalist, Abolitionist) Benjamin Lundy Journalism Abolition
1872 Selena Sloan Butler (Georgia-born African-American Educator) Selena Sloan Butler Educators of Note African-American Polticial & Social Leaders
1908 William Claytor (Virginia-born African-American Mathematician) William Claytor Mathematics African American Scientists & Mathematicians
1937 Grace Bumbry (Missouri-born African-American Operatic Soprano) Grace Bumbry Opera African American Performing Artists
Sports Figures
1884 Harry Haskell Lew (Massachusetts-born African-American: First African American to Play Professional Basketball) Harry Haskell Lew Basketball African American Sports Figures Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1935 Floyd Patterson (North Carolina-born African-American Member of the Boxing Hall of Fame) Floyd Patterson Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1929 Bose Ikard (Texas-born African-American Frontiersman, Trail Blazer) Bose Ikard Westward Expansion Famous African-Americans
1958 Archie A. Alexander (Iowa-born African-American Architect, Engineer, Statesman) Archie A. Alexander African-American Artists, Designers and Architects Architecture African-American Artists, Designers, Architects
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1855 Abraham Lincoln Presents a History of Slavery to the Colonization Society Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Logs
1904 In Gonzales v. Williams, U.S. Supreme Court Decides Puerto Ricans May Enter the U.S. Freely Puerto Rico U.S. Supreme Court Hispanic Heritage Oklahoma State Courts Network
1907 Seattle, Washington's Children's Orthopedic Hospital Is Founded Washington Children's Health Care Child Advocacy History Link
1945 Ann Curtis First Woman to Win Sullivan Award As Top U.S. Amateur Athlete San Francisco Sports Figures Women Historic Firsts International Swimming Hall of Fame USA Today
1946 Author John A. Williams Is Discharged from the U.S. Navy Mississippi Authors & Illustrators American Authors African-American Authors and Illustrators American Collection
1947 Republican Vera Davis of Dover Is the First Woman Elected to the Delaware State Senate Delaware American Women in Politics Politics Historic First State of Delaware
1965 President Johnson Outlines "Great Society" in State of the Union Address President Lyndon Johnson The American Presidency U.S. Civil Rights Movement <I>New York Times</I>
1987 Spanish Guitarist Andrýs Segovia Arrives in U.S. for His Final American Tour Andrýs Segovia International Musician Hispanic Heritage History Channel
1990 Former Panamanian Dictator, Manuel Noriega, Arraigned in Miami Manuel Noriega Florida Illegal Drugs Hispanic Heritage <I>New York Times</I>
1999 In DeKalb County, Georgia, Hong Kong-American, Al Wong Is Sworn In as the First Asian-American Judge in the Southeast U.S. DeKalb County, Georgia Law & Legal Resources Asian-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia
2003 African-American Head Coaches Compete for First Time in NFL Playoffs Football African-American History Historic Firsts New York Jets
2007 California's Nancy Pelosi Begins Term as the First Female Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives California Political and Social Leaders U.S. House of Representatives Female American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts National Public Radio
Massachusetts' Deval Patrick Is the Second African-American Sworn In as an Elected State Governor Massachusetts Political and Social Leaders Elections African-American Political and Social Leaders State of Massachusetts

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