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


1815 Edward Roye (Ohio-born Fifth President of Liberia) Liberian Political and Social Leaders Ohio Political and Social Leaders African-American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1867 Charles Turner (Ohio-born Entomologist) Ohio Scientists and Mathematicians Insects African-American Political & Social Leaders African American Registry
1898 Lil Hardin Armstrong (Tennessee-born African-American Jazz Musician; Wife of Louis Armstrong) Lil Hardin Armstrong Louis Armstrong Jazz African American Performing Artists
1900 Mabel Mercer (English-born African-American Jazz Singer) English Performing Artists Jazz African American Performing Artists African American Registry
1914 Inge Ruth Hardison (Virignia-born African-American Artist) Virginia Artists African American Artists African American Registry
1957 Marlon Riggs (Texas-born African-American Filmmaker) Texas Performing Artists Film African American Performing Artists Internet Movie Database African American Registry
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1948 Laura Wheeling Waring (Connecticut-born African-American Artist) Connecticut Artists African American Artists Famous African-Americans
1959 Ritchie Valens (Los Angeles-born Hispanic Popular Musician: Iowa Plane Crash) Los Angeles Performing Artists Popular Musicians Air Disasters Latin-American Performing Artists The History Channel
1979 Charlemae Hill Rollins (Mississippi-born African-American Children's Author) Mississippi Authors and Illustrators Educators of Note Libary Resources Young-adult Authors African-American Authors & Illustrators Mississippi Writers
1865 The West Virginia Legislature Passes an Act Abolishing Slavery in the State West Virginia Slavery Historic Documents West Virginia Archive
1867 Edward Fitzgerald Is Consecrated as the Bishop of Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas Religious Leaders and Theologians Catholicism Arkansas History Commission
1870 Iowa Ratifies the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Iowa 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution Voting Civil Rights Emory University
1874 Blanche Bruce First MS African American Elected to Full U.S. Senate Term U.S. Congress Mississippi African-American History Historic Firsts
1984 California Woman Gives Birth to the First Child by Embryo Transfer California Medical Research Child Advocacy Historic Firsts Aetna
1988 The President of Alabama's NAACP Arrested for Removing the Confederate Flag from State Capitol Alabama U.S. Civil Rights African-American History NAACP New York Times
1989 National League President Bill White Is First African-American to Head a Pro Sports League Florida Sports Figures Major League Baseball African-American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1995 NASA Launches Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-63) with First Female Pilot Space Shuttle Women Historic Firsts NASA
2005 Alberto R. Gonzales Is Sworn in as the Nation's First Hispanic Attorney General President George W. Bush Hispanic Heritage Historic Firsts Office of the Attorney General
2009 Eric Holder Is Sworn in as the Nation's First African-American Attorney General Eric Holder President Barack Obama African-American Heritage Historic Firsts Office of the Attorney General

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