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JANUARY 31

1798 William Apess (Massachusetts-born Native-American Religious Figure, Author) Massachusetts Authors and Illustrators Pequot Indians Religion Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities
1872 Zane Grey (Ohio-born Novelist of the American West) Zane Grey The Westward Expansion
1906 Roosevelt Sykes (Arkansas-born African-American Blues Singer) Arkansas Performing Artists Jazz and Blues African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1914 Jersey Joe Walcott (New Jersey-born African-American Member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame) New Jersey Sports Figures International Boxing Hall of Fame Famous African Americans African American Registry
1919 Jackie Robinson (Georgia-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Jackie Robinson Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1923 Carol Channing (Washington-born African-American Actress, Singer) Washington Performing Artists Actors African American Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1925 Benjamin Hooks (Tennessee-born African-American Civil Rights Leader) Benjamin Hooks American Civil Rights Movement Famous African Americans
1931 Ernie Banks (Texas-born African-American Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame) Texas Sports Figures Baseball Hall of Fame Famous African Americans African American Registry
1967 Bryan Collier (Maryland-born African-American Children's Author, Illustrator) Bryan Collier Primary Authors American Artists African-American Artists
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1976 Ernesto Miranda (Arizona-born Latin-American Namesake of "Miranda Rights") Notorious Persons of Arizona Notorious Americans Human and Civil Rights Notorious Latin Americans Find-a-Grave
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1752 Sister Saint Martha Turpin Is First American-born Roman Catholic Nun Catholicism Women Historic Firsts Concordia
1786 Shawnee Leaders Sign the Treaty of Fort Finney, Ceding Shawnee Territories in Southern Ohio and Indiana Ohio Indiana Shawnee Forts Ohio Historical Society
1827 Louisiana Law Requires Court Approval Before a Slave May be Emancipated Louisiana Slavery Law and Legal Resources Louisiana Secretary of State
1855 The Makah Villages Give Up Almost All Tribal Lands on Washington's Olympic Peninsula Washington Makah Historic U.S. Documents History Link
1865 Congress Sends 13th Amendment Abolishing Slavery to States for Ratification 13TH Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Slavery U.S. House of Representatives History Channel New York Times
1933 Etta Moten Barnett Is the First African American Woman to Perform at the White House Texas Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1938 12,000 Pecan Shellers Begin Three-Month Strike in San Antonio, Texas San Antonio, Texas Labor Job Actions Hispanic Heritage Texas State Historical Association
1941 Richard Wright Is Awarded the Joel Springarn Medal by the NAACP Richard Wright American Authors African-American Authors NAACP Mississippi Writers
1958 James Gladstone Is Appointed as Canada's First Senator of Native Descent Canada Native-American Studies Historic Firsts Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
1966 Louisiana's Centenary College Admits the First African-American Students in School History Louisiana Education African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Centenary College Louisiana Secretary of State
1985 South African President P.W. Botha Offers Nelson Mandela Conditional Release from Prison P.W. Botha Nelson Mandela Apartheid Prison South African History
1988 Doug Williams Is the First African-American Quarterback to Start in the Super Bowl Louisiana Sports Figures African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts Super Bowl XXII African American Registry
1992 U.S. Postal Service Issues Stamp Commemorating W.E.B. DuBois W.E.B. DuBois U.S. Postal Service African-American Political and Social Leaders University of Georgia

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