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

JANUARY 20

1856 Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch (New York-born Woman's Suffrage Advocate) Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch Women's Rights Women
1894 Eva Jessye (Kansas-born African-American Composer, Choral Director, Writer, Actress) Eva Jessye American Composers African American Performing Artists
1935 Luther Tucker (Tennessee-born African-American Blues Guitarist) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African American Performing Artists
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1947 Josh Gibson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Josh Gibson The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Famous African Americans
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1788 African Baptist Church Founded in Savannah, GA, by a Slave, Andrew Bryan Georgia Religion Slavery African-American History University of Georgia
1824 In Delaware, the African School Society of Wilmington Is Incorporated by African Americans for the Education of Their Children Wilmington, Delaware Education African-American Heritage State of Delaware
1870 Hiram Revels Elected to Fill U. S. Senate Seat Vacated by Jefferson Davis Mississippi Political and Social Leaders Hiram Rhodes Revels Jefferson Davis United States Senator African-American History
Victoria Woodhull & Tennessee Claflin Open First Female U.S. Brokerage Firm Markets and Invesments Women Historic Firsts History Channel EconEdLink
1874 U.S. Patent #146,697 for A "Steam Lubricator" Is Issued to E.J. McCoy Elijah McCoy Patents and Trademarks African-American History St. Louis Public Library
1927 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library Opens Negro Division Libraries New York City African-American History New York Public Library
1969 President Lyndon B. Johnson Bestows the Medal of Freedom on Civil Rights Leader Roy Wilkins Roy Wilkins President Lyndon B. Johnson Civil Rights/Human Rights African-American Political and Social Leaders Minnesota Historical Society
1977 Patricia Roberts Harris First African-American Female Cabinet Appointee Patricia Roberts Harris President Jimmy Carter African-American History
1978 Janet Reno Begins Her Tenure As Florida's First Female State Attorney Florida Women Law and Legal Resources Historic Firsts Florida Historical Society
1982 Seattle's First General Interest Newspaper for the Chinese Community Is Issued Seattle, Washington Asian-American Heritage Seattle Chinese Post History Link
1986 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Is Celebrated as a Federal Holiday for the First Time Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holidays African-American History Historic Firsts New York Times
2001 U.S. Senate Confirms Rod Paige As First African-American Secretary of Education Mississippi Political and Social Leaders U.S. Senate Educators of Note African-American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts African American Registry
2009 Barack Obama Is Inaugurated as the First African-American U.S. President Barack Obama Inauguration The American Presidency Historic Firsts African-American Political and Social Leaders

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