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

FEBRUARY 8

1908 C.A. Scott (Mississippi-born African-American Journalist) C.A. Scott Journalsim African-American Authors & Illustrators Atlanta Daily World
1924 Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher (Oklahoma-born Civil Rights Activist) Oklahoma Political and Social Leaders Law & Legal Resources Women Civil Rights/Human Rights Movement African-American Political and Social Leaders
Joe Black (New Jersey-born African-American Major League Baseball Player) New Jersey Sports Figures Baseball African-Amrican Sports Figures African American Registry
1968 Gary Coleman (Illinois-born African-American Actor) Illinois Performing Artists Actors Television Film African-Amrican Performing Artists The Internet Movie Database
1970 Alonzo Mourning (Virginia-born African-American Professional Basketball Player) Alonzo Mourning NBA African-Amrican Sports Figures
Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1968 Three South Carolina State Students Are Killed in a Campus Segregation Protest Orangeburg Massacre South Carolina State University U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage Death
1978 Irene Drukker Broh (Missouri-born Women's Suffragist) Missouri Political and Social  Leaders West Virginia Political and Social  Leaders Women Women's Suffrage West Virginia Archive
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1837 200 Seminole Indians Attack a Small Force of U.S. Soldiers at Florida's Camp Monroe, Killing One Florida Seminole Indians Death Florida Historical Society
1858 Wisconsin Congressman John Potter Starts a Fight on the Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives with Pro-Slavery Southern Members Wisconsin Political and Social Leaders U.S. Congress Slavery Wisconsin Historical Society
1865 The Delaware General Assembly Rejects the 13th Amendment (Abolition of Slavery) to the U.S. Constitution Delaware Slavery 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution State of Delaware
1887 President Cleveland Signs into Law the Dawes Severalty Act President Grover Cleveland Native-American Heritage Law and Legal Resources History Channel
1905 The Minnesota Federation of Colored Women's Clubs Is Organized in St. Paul, Minnesota St. Paul, Minnesota Women African-American Heritage Minnesota Historical Society
1925 Black Nationalist, Marcus Garvey, Enters Atlanta Federal Prison for Mail Fraud Georgia Crime African-American Heritage PBS
1944 Harry McAlpin Is 1st African-American Reporter Accredited to the White House The White House African-American Heritage Historic Firsts African American Registry
1955 Georgia's Governor Signs Resolution Calling for Separation of the Races in the Military Georgia Racism African-American Military Figures University of Georgia
1956 Georgia's House Votes 179-1 to Declare Brown v. Board of Education Null and Void in Georgia Georgia Education African-American Heritage Brown v. Board of Education University of Georgia
1968 Three South Carolina State Students Are Killed in a Campus Segregation Protest Orangeburg Massacre South Carolina State University U.S. Civil Rights Movement African-American Heritage Death
1972 Josh Gibson & Buck Leonard Selected to Baseball's Hall of Fame Josh Gibson Baseball Hall of Fame Buck Leonard Baseball Hall of Fame African-American Sports Figures Vanderbilt
1980 21-year-old Mary Decker Sets World Indoor Record for the 1500M Run Mary Decker Slaney Track and Field Hall of Fame Female American Sports Figures Historic Firsts New York Times
1995 Bernard Harris Is First African American to Walk in Space Bernard Harris Space Shuttle African-American Explorers and Astronauts Historic Firsts NASA

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