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

JANUARY 27

1869 Will Marion Cook (Washington, D.C.-born African-American Composer for American Musicals) Washington, D.C. Musical Theater Famous African-Americans Internet Broadway Database African American Registry
1894 Fritz Pollard (Chicago-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Chicago Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures African American Registry
1908 Oran "Hot Lips" Page (Texas-born African-American Jazz Trumpeter) Texas Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1918 Elmore James (Mississippi-born African-American Jazz Guitarist) Mississippi Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists African American Registry
1930 Robert Calvin "Bobby Blue" Bland (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Musician) Tennessee Performing Artists Jazz African-American Performing Artists
1936 Samuel Chao Chung Ting (Michigan-born Asian-American 1976 Nobel Laureate for Physics) Samuel Chao Chung Ting Sub-atomic Particles Asian-American Scientists & Matheamticians 1976 Nobel Laureate for Physics
1939 Julius Lester (Missouri-born African-American Children's Author) Julius Lester African American Authors African American Registry
1956 Susan Guevara (Latin-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Primary Authors American Artists Latin-American Authors Official Website
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1972 Mahalia Jackson (New Orleans-born African-American Gospel Singer) Mahalia Jackson Jazz and Gospel African American Performing Artists
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1513 First African-American Slaves Are Brought to Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Slavery African-American History Historic Firsts
1803 The Delaware General Assembly Fails to Abolish Slavery When the Speaker of the House Breaks a Deadlock Voting "No" Delaware Government Slavery Votes State of Delaware
1847 Fugitive Kentucky Slaves Escape to Canada During Confrontation in Marshall, Michigan Canada Kentucky Marshall, Michigan Slavery State of Michigan
1855 Delaware Abolishes the Whipping of and Forced Wearing of Convict Jackets by White Women Convicted of Larceny Delaware Government Women Crime Law State of Delaware
1953 Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man Wins the National Book Award Ralph Ellison American Writers Famous African Americans National Book Award American Collection
1957 An Unexploded Bomb Is Found on Front Porch of Martin Luther King's Montgomery, AL Home Montgomery, Alabama Martin Luther King, Jr. Racism University of Georgia
1961 Leontyne Price Debuts at the Metropolitan Opera in Il Trovatore Leontyne Price The Metropolitan Opera Opera Famous African Americans The Kennedy Center
1964 Margaret Chase Smith Becomes the First Female Presidential Candidate for a Major Party Margaret Chase Smith The American Presidency Women Politics and Elections Historic Firsts Margaret Chase Smith Library (pdf)

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