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JANUARY 25

1896 Florence Mills (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Singer, Dancer) Washington, D.C. Performing Artists Dance African-American Performing Artists African-American Registry
1911 Charles "Truck" Parham (Chicago-born African-American Bassist, Drummer) Chicago Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African-American Registry
1938 Etta James (Los Angeles-born African-American Member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) Los Angeles Performing Artists Rock and Roll Hall of Fame African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
1950 Gloria Naylor (New York-born African-American Novelist) Gloria Naylor African-American Authors
1951 Debbi Chocolate (Illinois-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Debbi Chocolate Primary Children's Authors Artists African-American Authors & Illustrators
1981 Alicia Keys (New York City-born African-American Singer) New York City Performing Artists Popular Musicians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1779 Vicente Álvarez Travieso (Spanish Leader of the Isleño Settlers of San Antonio, TX) Spanish Political and Social Leaders San Antonio, Texas Hispanic Political and Social Leaders Texas State Historical Association
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1839 In Wilmington, Delaware, 300 Women Put Forth a Petition to Abolish Slavery Wilmington, Delaware Slavery Women State of Delaware
1842 Seminole Indians Attack Federal Soldiers in Florida's Wahoo Swamp, Killing One Florida Seminole Indians War Death Florida Historical Society
1863 Boston Anti-Slavery Group Complains to Lincoln the Emancipation Proclamation Isn't Working Boston, Massachusetts Abraham Lincoln Slavery Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln Logs
1890 T. Thomas Fortune Leads Founding of Militant National Afro-American League T. Thomas Fortune African-American History African-Amercian Registry
1907 Julia Ward Howe Is First Woman Elected to the National Institute of Arts & Letters Julia Ward Howe Women American Authors Historic Firsts The American Academy of Arts and Letters Concordia
1966 Constance Baker Motley First Female African-American Federal Judge Connecticut Political and Social Leaders African-American History Law & Legal Resources Historic Firsts Chicago Kent College of Law
1980 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Begins Broadcasting Television African-American History Black Entertainment Television The Cable Center
1983 Federal Court Rules Minnesota Ojibwe Retain the Hunting and Gathering Rights Guaranteed by 19th-century Treaties Minnesota Ojibwe Hunting & Fishing Historic U.S. Documents Law & Legal Resources Minnesota Historical Society
2003 Serena Williams Defeats Big Sister, Venus, to Win the Australian Open Tennis Title Serena Williams Venus Williams Tennis African-American Sports Figures New York Times

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