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JANUARY 26

1878 S. Edward Hall (Minnesota-born African-American Businessman, Civil Rights Activist) Minnesota Political and Social Leaders Noted African Americans African American Registry
1893 Bessie Coleman (Texas-born African-American Aviator) Bessie Coleman Aviators Noted African Americans
1899 May Miller (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Playwright) Washington, D.C. Authors Plays Noted African Americans African American Registry
1928 Ertha Kitt (South Carolina-born African-American Popular Singer) South Carolina Performing Artists Popular Musicians Noted African Americans African American Registry
1940 Sherian Cadoria (Louisiana-born African-American General) Sherian Cadoria Noted African Americans
1944 Angela Davis (Alabama-born African-American Civil Rights Activist) Alabama Political & Social Leaders Civil/Human  Rights Noted African Americans African American Registry
1958 Xavier Becerra (Cuban-American California-born Latin-American Member of the U.S. Congress) Xavier Becerra U.S. House of Representatives Latin-American Political and Social Leaders
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1856 Salish Warriors Led by Chief Leschi Attack the Village of Seattle, Washington Seattle, Washington Salish Indians History Link
1863 Secretary of War Edwin Stanton Authorizes the Enlistment of African-American Troops U.S. Government American Civil War African-American History National Park Service
1948 President Truman Signs Executive Order Ending Segregation in Armed Forces President Harry Truman Racism Human Rights/Civil Rights African-American History
1956 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Is Arrested for Speeding in Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Crime University of Georgia
2005 U.S. Senate Confirms Condoleezza Rice As Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice U.S. Senate African-American Political and Social Leaders Female Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts The White 
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