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

JANUARY 16

1819 James Wormley (Influential African-American Inn/Hotelkeeper in Civil War-era Washington, D.C.) James Wormley Famous African Americans
1870 Willie Simms (Georgia-born African-American Jockey; Member of the Horse Racing Hall of Fame)) Georgia Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Churchill Downs Horse Racing Hall of Fame African American Registry
1950 Debbie Allen (Texas-born African-American Actress, Dancer, Choreographer) Texas Performing Artists Dance Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1979 Aaliyah (New York City-born African-American Popular Musician) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1980 Albert Pujols (Dominican Major League Baseball Player) Dominican Republic Sports Figures Baseball Hispanic Sports Figures St. Louis Cardinals
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1543 British Parliament Makes It Unlawful for Women and Common Laborers to Read the New Testament Great Britain Women Labor Law and Legal Resources The Bible Concordia
1792 Creek Warriors Capture the Panton, Leslie and Company Trading Post Near St. Marks, Florida Florida Creek Indians U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Florida Historical Society
1861 The Crittenden Compromise Is Defeated in the U.S. Senate U.S. Congress Slavery U.S. History American Civil War History Channel
1871 Jefferson Franklin Long Sworn in As Georgia's First African-American Congressman Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1888 State Legislature Reenacts Suffrage Law Giving Washington Women the Right to Vote Washington Women Women's Suffrage History Link
1920 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Is Founded at Howard University Women African-American Heritage Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Howard University African American Registry
1957 Little Richard Records "Lucille" Little Richard Popular Musicians African American Performing Artists University of Georgia
1959 West Virginia Hotel Refuses Service to African American Players: Elgin Baylor Boycotts Game West Virginia Racism African-American Sports Figures NBA West Virginia State Archives
1961 University of Georgia's First Two African-American Students Restart Classes Georgia Education African-American Heritage University of Georgia University of Georgia
1967 Lurleen Wallace Is Inaugurated As Alabama's First Female Governor Alabama Politics Women Historic Firsts Alabama State Archive
1981 Gunmen Shoot Northern Ireland Civil Rights Activist, Bernadette McAliskey, in Her Home Northern Ireland Political and Social Leaders Civil Rights/Human Rights Gun Control Terrorism BBC

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