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JANUARY 17

1759 Paul Cuffe (Massachusetts-born African-American Sea Captain, Abolitionist Who Championed Resettlement of Free African Americans to West Africa) Paul Cuffe Sierra Leone The Quakers Naval History Famous African Americans
1885 James Arthur Jackson (African-American Librarian of the West Virginia Supreme Court) West Virginia Political and Social Leaders Law and legal Resources African-American Political and Social Leaders West Virginia Archives
1899 Abram Lincoln Harris, Jr. (Virginia-born African-American Economist) Virginia Business Leaders Economics African-American Business Leaders African American Registry
1927 Eartha Kitt (South Carolina-born African-American Popular Singer) South Carolina Performing Artists Popular Musicians Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database
1931 Lawrence Douglas Wilder (First African-American Elected State Governor: Virginia) Doug Wilder Famous African Americans
1931 James Earl Jones (Mississippi-born African-American Actor: Voice of Darth Vader) Mississippi Performing Artists actors African American Performing Artists Biography.com African American Registry
1942 Muhammad Ali (Kentucky-born African-American Member of the International Boxing hall of Fame) Muhammad Ali Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African Americans Olympic Games
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1852 Antonio Garra (California-born Chief in the Cupenos Tribe, Executed by Firing Squad) California Political and Social Leaders Native American Heritage Capital Punishment Kumeyaay.com
1996 Barbara Jordan (Texas-born African-American Member of the U.S. House of Representatives) Barbara Jordan U.S. Congress Famous African Americans
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1821 Moses Austin Is Granted Permission to Bring the First Anglo-American Settlers into Spanish Texas Texas Political and Social Leaders Connecticut Political and Social Leaders Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts Texas State Historical Association
1840 Leaders of the Mexican Federalist Party Declare the Independence of the Republic of the Rio Grande Mexico Texas Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1852 In California, Cupenos Tribal Chief, Antonio Garra, Is Executed by Firing Squad for Having Led San Diego Revolt California Political and Social Leaders Native American Heritage Capital Punishment Kumeyaay.com Learn California
1865 President Lincoln Sends to the Senate a Treaty with the Chippewa Indians of Michigan U.S. Senate Michigan Abraham Lincoln Chippewa Indians Lincoln Logs
1866 Iowa Legislature Ratifies the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution Iowa 13th Amendment to the Constitution Slavery Iowa Historical Society
1882 Lewis Latimer Receives Patent for a Superior Light Bulb Carbon Filaments Lewis Lattimer The Light Bulb Patents and Trademarks African American Scientists & Mathematicians National Park Service
1900 100 Female Employees Strike the Monterey Cotton Mill in Janesville, Wisconsin Janesville, Wisconsin Women Labor Strikes Wisconsin Historical Society
1966 Martin Luther King Jr. Opens a Civil Rights Campaign in Chicago Chicago Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights/Human Rights University of Georgia

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