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

JANUARY 12

1890 Mordecai Johnson (Tennessee-born African-American Educator, Clergyman, Administrator) Mordecai Johnson Education Civil Rights/Human Rights Noted African Americans
1915 Margaret Danner (Kentucky-born African-American Poet) Margaret Danner Poetry African-American Authors
1916 Jay McShann (Oklahoma-born African-American Jazz Pianist and Composer) Jay McShann Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1920 James Farmer (Texas-born African-American Civil Right Leader) James Farmer Civil Rights/Human Rights Noted African Americans
1952 Walter Moseley (Los Angeles-born African-American Novelist of Devil in a Blue Dress) Walter Moseley Noted African Americans
Sports Figures
1944 Joe Frazier (South Carolina-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) Joe Frazier International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sprts Figures
1960 Dominique Wilkins (African-American Member of the Basketball Hall of Fame) African American Sports Figures Basketball Hall of Fame
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1965 Lorraine Hansberry (Chicago-born African-American Playwright of Raisin in the Sun) Lorraine Hansberry American Authors Plays African-American Authors
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1777 Padre Thomas Peña Founds California Mission Santa Clara de Asís California Religion Hispanic-American Studies Library of Congress
1912 The Italian Workingmen's Club Is Founded in Madison, Wisconsin Italy Madison, Wisconsin Immigration Labor Wisconsin Historical Society
1915 United States House of Representatives Rejects Proposal to Give Women the Right to Vote United States House of Representatives Women's Suffrage Voting New York Times
1932 Arkansas' Hattie W. Caraway Is the First Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate Arkansas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Women Voting and Elections Historic Firsts History Channel Arkansas History Commission
1944 Supreme Court Strikes Down Exclusion of Blacks from Texas Primary Voting Texas Law Politics & Voting U.S. Civil Rights Oyez Project
1948 U.S. Supreme Court Rules States Can Not Discriminate Against Law-School Applicants Because of Race U.S. Supreme Court Education Law and Legal Resources Racisim New York Times
1951 Annie Lola Price Is Appointed as the First Woman to Serve on the Alabama Court of Appeals Alabama Judicial System Women Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Alabama State Archives
Ezzard Charles Knocks Out Lee Oma to Retain the World Heavyweight Boxing Championship Georgia Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame African American Sports Figures University of Georgia
1986 Space Shuttle Columbia Launches with First Hispanic American in Space Franklin R. Chang-Diaz Space Shuttle Asian-American Studies Latin-American Studies Historic Firsts NASA
2000 Supreme Court Gives Police Authority to Question People Who Flee an Officer U.S. Supreme Court Crime U.S. Civil Rights Oyez Project

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