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

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1851 Ella Sheppard Moore (Tennessee-born African-American Pianist, Vocalist, Music Director) Tennessee Performing Artists African-American Performing Artists Gospel Musicians African American Registry
1865 Lila (Meade) Valentine (Virginia Champion of Women's Suffrage, Health and Education Reform) Virginia Political and Social Leaders Women's Suffrage Health Care Educators of Note Virginia Historical Society
1913 Rosa Parks (Alabama-born African-American Civil Rights Leader) Rosa Parks U.S. Civil Rights Movement African American Political and Social Leaders
1921 Betty Friedan (Illinois-born Writer, Feminist, Women's Rights Activist) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Human Rights Women National Organization for Women Biography.com
1959 Lawrence Taylor (Virginia-born African-American Member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame) Virginia Sports Figures Professional Football Hall of Fame Famous African Americans
1973 Oscar de la Hoya (California-born Latin-American Boxer) California Sports Figures Boxing Latin-American Sports Figures Biography.com
1989 Nkosi Johnson (South African AIDS Advocate, Victim) South African Political and Social Leaders AIDS Human Rights/Civil Rights National Public Radio African American Registry
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Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 Alfredo Gonzalez (Texas-born Marine Sergeant Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor Texas Military Figures Latin-Amrican Military Figures American Military Figures Vietnam War U.S. Marines Texas State Historical Society
2005 Ossie Davis (Georgia-born African-American Actor, Civil Rights Activist) Ossie Davis Actors Film U.S. Civil Rights Movement African American Performing Artists
2006 Betty Friedan (Illinois-born Women's Rights Activist) Illinois Political and Social Leaders Human Rights Women National Organization for Women
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1794 French Convention Abolishes Slavery in the Colonies (Napoleon Will Revive Slavery in 1802) France Slavery Human Rights George Mason University African American Registry
1836 Dade County, the State's 19th County, Is Created and Named in Honor of Major Francis Dade Killed This Day in a Seminole Indian Ambush Dade County, Florida Florida Historical Society
1861 Indian Chief Cochise Escapes Capture at Apache Pass Arizona The Apache Tribe <I>Albuquerque Journal</i>
1924 Jazz Greats Louis Armstrong and Lil Hardin Are Married Lil Hardin Armstrong Louis Armstrong Famous African Americans Internet Movie Database
1928 Austrian National Socialists Protest the Presence of African-American Actress Josephine Baker on the Vienna Stage Vienna, Austria Josephine Baker Nazi Germany Racism Stage and Theater African-American Performing Artists Theatre History
1952 The Citizens League Is Formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Involve Residents in Providing Solutions for Local Issues and Policies Minneapolis, Minnesota Human Rights/Civil Rights Citizens League Minnesota Historical Society
1965 Malcolm X Makes His First Speech in Favor of Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama Alabama Malcolm X U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American History
2004 The Massachusetts High Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Massachusetts Supreme Court Human Rights/Civil Rights Law and Legal Resources New York Times

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