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

FEBRUARY 1

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United States: National Women's Heart Health Day
(Observed annually on February 1)
Women's Health The Heart Women's Heart Foundation
1834 Henry McNeal Turner (South Carolina-born African-American Black Nationalist, Repatriations Advocate, Minister) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Religion African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry University of Georgia
1837 Francis Louis Cardozo (South Carolina-born African-American Educator, First African-American to Hold Government Office in South Carolina) South Carolina Political and Social Leaders Education African American Political and Social Leaders National Park Service African American Registry
1859 Charles Remond (Massachusetts-born African-American Abolitionist) Charles Remond Slavery and Abolition Human Rights/Civil Rights African American Political and Social Leaders
1863 Theodora Winton Youmans (Wisconsin-born Women's Rights Advocate) Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders American Women Social Leaders Human Rights/Civil Rights Wisconsin Historical Society
1891 James Johnson (New Jersey-born African-American Jazz Musician) James P. Johnson Jazz Musicians African American Peforming Artists
1902 Langston Hughes (Missouri-born African-American Poet) Langston Hughes Poetry African-American Authors & Illustrators
1936 Azie Taylor Morton (Texas-born African-American U.S. Treasurer under President Jimmy Carter) Texas Political and Social Leaders U.S. Government President Jimmy Carter African American Political and Social Leaders African American Registry
1937 Garrett Morris (Louisiana-born African-American Comedic Performer) Lousiana Peforming Artists Actors Television African American Peforming Artists Internet Movie Database
1938 Sherman Hemsley (Pennsylvania-born African-American Actor: The Jeffersons) Pennsylvania Peforming Artists Actors Television African American Peforming Artists Internet Movie Database
1948 Rick James (New York-born African-American Popular Musician) New York Performing Artists Popular Muscians African-American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
1952 Roger Y. Tsien (New York City-born Asian-American 2008 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry) Roger Y. Tsien Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) Asian-American Scientists & Mathematicians 2008 Nobel Laureate for Chemistry
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
2003 Michael Anderson (New York-born African-American Astronaut: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster) Michael Anderson NASA Astronauts Space Shuttle <I>Columbia</I> Disaster African-American Explorers
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1799 The Delaware General Assembly Permits "Free Black Persons and Free Mulattoes" to Testify in Criminal Cases Delaware Racism Law State of Delaware
1840 Seminole Warriors Attack Members of the 7th U.S. Infantry: Killing One, Wounding Two Florida Seminole Death Florida Historical Society
1847 U.S. Senate Rejects the Wilmot Proviso, Intended to Block Slavery in Territories Purchased From Mexico Following the Mexican War U.S. Senate Slavery Mexican-American War Ohio Historical Society
1861 Abraham Lincoln Writes He Is Unwilling to Accept the Expansion of Slavery in the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Slavery Lincoln Logs
1862 President Lincoln Directs U.S. Marshal for District of Columbia Not to Arrest Fugitive Slaves Washington, D.C. Slavery Abraham Lincoln Lincoln Logs
1865 President Lincoln Approves Resolution Submitting Thirteenth Amendment to the States for Ratification Abraham Lincoln 13TH Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Slavery Lincoln Logs
John Rock First African American Admitted to Practice Before Supreme Court U.S. Supreme Court African-American Heritage Historic Firsts American Bar Asscoiation African American Registry
1871 Georgia's J.F. Long Is First African-American Congressman to Speak on House Floor Georgia Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress African American Political and Social Leaders Historic Firsts University of Georgia
1956 Autherine Lucy of Is Briefly the African American to Enroll at the University of Alabama Alabama African-American Heritage University of Alabama Historic Firsts Alabama Archives
1959 Swiss Males Vote Against Voting Rights for Women Switzerland Women's Suffrage Voting & Elections History of Switzerland
1960 Four African-American College Students Begin Greensboro, NC Lunch Counter Sit-ins Greensboro Lunch Counter Sit-ins U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage New York Times African American Registry
1962 Okinawa Accuses U.S. of Treating the Island as a Colony in Violation of the U.N. Charter United Nations Okinawa Asian-American Heritage Asian History
1965 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr & 700 Demonstrators Arrested in Selma, Alabama Selma, Alabama Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. U.S. Civil Rights Movement Law and Legal Resources African-American Heritage University of Georgia
1968 President Johnson Authorizes Popular Elections for U.S.-occupied Okinawa Okinawa President Lyndon Johnson Elections Asian-American Heritage Asian History
1978 Harriet Tubman Appears As First African-American Woman on U.S. Postage Stamp Harriet Tubman African-American Heritage Historic Firsts US Postal Service (pdf)
1984 Carter Woodson Is Commemorated on U.S. Postage Stamp Carter Woodson Education African-American Political and Social Leaders US Postal Service (pdf)
1990 Ida B. Wells Is Commemorated on U.S. Postage Stamp Ida B. Wells African-American Heritage US Postal Service (pdf)
1991 South African President F W De Klerk Promises to Demolish All Remnants of Apartheid F W De Klerk South African History
1994 Allison Davis Is Commemorated on U.S. Postage Stamp Washington, D.C. Political and Social Leaders Education African-American Political and Social Leaders US Postal Service (pdf)
1995 The Socialist Republic of Vietnam Opens Diplomatic Liaison Office in Washington, D.C. Vietnam Washington, D.C. Asian-American Heritage Asian History
1996 Ernest Just Is Commemorated on U.S. Postage Stamp South Carolina Scientists & Mathematicians African-American Scientists & Mathematicians US Postal Service (pdf)
George Walker's Pulitzer Prize-Winning "Lilacs" for Voice and Orchestra Is First Performed by Soprano Faye Robinson and the Boston Symphony Boston Symphony Washington, D.C. Composers American Composers Historic Firsts African-American Composers 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Music American Public Media

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