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JANUARY 13

1894 Adam Bartosz (Polish-American Publisher of Polish-Language Publications; Advocate of Polish Immigrants) Polish Authors Wisconsin Authors Polish Immigration Journalism Wisconsin Historical Society
1912 Horace Rains (Georgia-born African-American Physician) Horace Rains Health Care Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders
1926 Melba Liston (Missouri-born African-American Jazz Trombonist) Melba Liston Popular Musicians Famous African Americans
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1990 Sterling Brown (Washington, D.C-born African-American Poet) Sterling Brown Poetry African Americans Poets
2010 Teddy Pendergrass (Pennsylvania-born African-American Popular Musician) Teddy Pendergrass Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists
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1829 Completion of the Survey of the Cherokee Line in the Northwest Portion of the Arkansas Territory Is Announced Arkansas Cherokee Indians Arkansas Encyclopedia
1847 The Capitulation at Cahuenga Ends a Year of Fighting Between American and Mexican Forces in California, Mexico California Mexican-American War Learn California
1866 The African American Pilgrim Baptist Church Is Formally Organized in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Religion African-American Heritage Pilgrim Baptist Church SacredTexts.com
1873 P. B. S. Pinchback Relinquishes Governorship of Louisiana Louisiana Political and Social Leaders Reconstruction African-American History National Governors Association
1903 First Known Korean Immigrants to the U.S. Arrive in Hawaii Korea Hawaii Immigration Korean-Americans University of Hawaii (pdf)
Granville T. Woods Is Issued U.S. Patent #718,183 for an Electric Railway Switch Granville T. Woods The Railroad Inventors & Inventions Patents and Trademarks African-American History St. Louis Public Library
1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Is Founded by 22 Collegiate Women at Howard University Women African-American Heritage Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Howard University African American Registry
1931 In Delaware, Estelle Tschudy of Smyrna Takes Her Seat as the First Downstate Woman Elected to the General Assembly Delaware Government American Women in Politics Elections Historic Firsts State of Delaware
1953 Don Barksdale Is First African American to play in An NBA All-Star Game California Sports Figures Basketball NBA African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame
1961 Federal Judge Orders University of Georgia to Re-admit Two African-American Students Georgia Education African-American Heritage University of Georgia University of Georgia
1966 Robert C. Weaver Is First African-American to Hold a Cabinet Position (HUD) Lyndon Johnson U.S. Government African-American History Historic Firsts History Channel
1976 First Computer Capable of Translating Printed Text into Speech Is Demonstrated History of Computer Technology Blindness Kurzweil Technologies
1978 NASA Selects Its First Women Astronauts Astronauts Women Historic Firsts NASA
1982 Henry Aaron and Frank Robinson Are Voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Henry Aaron Texas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures New York Times
1988 Supreme Court Rules (5-3) Public School Officials May Censor Students The U.S. Supreme Court Education Children's Rights Oyez
1990 Douglas Wilder Is First Elected & Inaugurated African-American Governor Douglas Wilder Elections African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
1995 The Menominee Tribe Sues the State of Wisconsin for Violation of Treaty Rights Wisconsin Menominee Tribe Law and Legal Resources Historic Documents Wisconsin Historical Society
1999 Michael Jordan Announces His Retirement from Professional Basketball Michael Jordan Basketball Famous African Americans PBS

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